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Bruce Sterling
The Visionary Tells Us Where It's At
Screens Story  March 3, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...For going on 25 years now, Austin resident and speculative fiction author Bruce Sterling has kept his eye not only on the pulse of Austin's dotcom-driven economy but also on the digital revolution at large. His books, from 1977's Involution Ocean to 1992's breakthrough nonfiction book, The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier, to more recent works such as 1997's Holy Fire, cumulatively read like a how-to guide to societal and personal evolution..."

Stories That Tell Themselves
In town for the Texas Documentary Tour, Albert Maysles -- the man behind such famous documentaries as Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens -- talks about his fierce philosophy of direct cinema.
Screens Story  February 11, 2000, by Anne S. Lewis
"...That new technology gave us the flexibility to catch a life as it was -- without imposing on people. You didn't have to interview them, heighten the film with music, just real, straight, direct life experiences -- a nonfiction filmmaker's dream...."

Public Notice
Public Notice is noticing a lot of public service types getting into the holiday spirit. Events big and small are happening all over town, as are opportunities to give, give, give, and give some more.
Columns  December 17, 1999, by Kate X Messer
"...Books on tape (all types of fiction, nonfiction)..."

Details about where Austin's own writin' reverend Charles Meyer will be reading from his new murder mystery about a serial murderer, as well as the Austin connection to British journalist Clare de Vries' I & Claudius: Travels With My Cat
Books Column  December 3, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...But the words used in the confession, despite being foreign and unintelligible to McCaslin, seem similar to the language used by a serial murderer imprisoned 10 years earlier and dubbed the "Deathangel" for his (or her) habit of leaving little hand-carved wooden angels at the scene of the crime. Meyer, also the author of The Saints of God Murders, Blessed Are the Merciless, and The Eighth Day as well as eight books of nonfiction, has dedicated Deathangel to "prisoners of evil, and their liberators," a nice touch....."

Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings
Books Review  December 3, 1999, by Dan Oko
"...In this nonfiction narrative, Raban, a British expatriate living in Seattle since 1990, travels alone in a wooden sailboat from his new home, following the so-called Inside Passage, a protected Pacific waterway shadowing British Columbia, to Alaska. And while his stated goal is to "meditate on the sea, at sea," a matter reiterated in this travelogue's subtitle, A Sea and Its Meanings, Raban takes plenty of time out to consider matters as varied as mythology, art, colonialism, his father's death, and his own troubled marriage...."

Book Reviews
Books Story  October 29, 1999, by Mark Busby
"...McMurtry initially made his presence felt in nonfiction with his first essay collection, In a Narrow Grave (1968). There he wrote about growing up in northwest Texas and hearing the sounds of the passing cowboy god..."

Small Screen, Big Ideas
The Territory Begins A New Season
Screens Story  October 8, 1999, by Sarah Hepola
"...These nonfiction glimpses of contemporary American life -- one very traditional and the other remarkably innovative -- provide two very different takes on the postmodern human condition...."

Books can heal your soul and there are several ways to do so in the upcoming weeks in Austin. Also, this year's Violet Crown Award winners.
Books Column  October 1, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...The winners of the Austin Writers' League's 1999 Violet Crown Awards were announced at a classy event at Barnes & Noble Westlake last Saturday. The winners include Tom Pilkington, a Tarleton State University professor, for his State of Mind: Texas Literature and Culture, in the poetry and prose category; Elva Treviño Hart in the nonfiction category for Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child; and Sarah Nawrocki in the fiction category for Camping With Strangers: And Other Stories...."

Three Month Fever
Short reviews of recently published books.
Books Review  September 3, 1999, by Cary L. Roberts
"...Andrew Cunanan is further evidence that all the interesting murderers come from California. In Gary Indiana's first book-length nonfiction, Three Month Fever, he writes that "People will put up with anything from the young and beautiful." He's right, while also offering up plenty of satisfying factoids: One of Cunanan's favorite books was the classic novel of New Orleans, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole..."

Short Cuts
Screens Column  August 26, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The meetings also provide opportunities for independent artists to find support, advice, and assistance in future projects... And what, you ask, can the national AIVF do for you? Well, the organization has just arranged for members to participate in a 20-minute session with PBS programming representatives to discuss projects for possible play on PBS and/or as part of The IndependentLens, a new showcase of independent fiction and nonfiction films..."

Haste, Post, Haste
Books Column  August 12, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...Ever wondered how many writing groups there are in Austin? A helpful list of what can only be some of them appears every month in Austin Writer, the Austin Writers' League newsletter, and according to the latest issue, they are: Austin Hispanic Writers, Austin Writergrrls, Authors Marketing Support Group, Critique Group for Children's Writers, Critique Group (Fiction), Highland Lakes Writers, North Austin Writers, Novel in Progress, Old Quarry (primarily nonfiction), Poetry, Romance Writers Group ... and the list truly goes on and on..."

Future Near, Future Dear
Books Story  July 22, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...They can't stand the insular, clubby weirdness science fiction seems to inspire in its most avid readers. A Good Old-fashioned Future, not by any means one of Sterling's major books, is still, I think, reason enough for high-culture connoisseurs of literary fiction and, as we like to say, "serious nonfiction," to cross the clearly demarcated literary camp boundaries into the near future..."

Getting Personal
Screens Story  July 15, 1999, by Anne S. Lewis
"...JK: (laughs) That's a trick question. I think a documentary is a film that has nonfiction elements and tells one version of a true story..."

Country of Exiles?
Country of Exiles: The Destruction of Place in American Life
Books Review  July 8, 1999
"...This nonfiction account of a Cinderella-story soccer team takes place in Italy, a nation where the black-and-white ball is a matter of obsession. The Miracle of Castel di Sangro centers on an Italian team that has risen through the ranks of professional football like no other..."

Babich Goes Hollywood
Books Column  June 24, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...Literacy Austin expected to raise $40,000 at their annual BookFest last weekend but amassed a record $62,000... A belated congratulations to the six writers awarded Fellowships in Literature from the Austin Writers' League: Fiction winners include Miles Wilson of San Marcos and Karen Stolz of Austin; poetry winners are William Wenthe of Lubbock and Michael Blumenthal of Austin; and creative nonfiction winners are Gwendolyn Wooten Scott of Missouri City and Lee Martin of Denton..."

A World Between
Books Column  June 17, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...Time again to submit entries to the Austin Writers' League's ninth annual Violet Crown Book Awards. $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories -- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry/prose (which includes essay and short fiction) -- to AWL members who have published books between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 1999..."

Blank's Slates
Screens Story  June 17, 1999, by Anne S. Lewis
"...So often, people are conditioned to run the other way when they hear that word -- they think high-school health film -- you know, didactic stuff. For me, it's a film that is nonfiction, usually, that holds one's attention, and expands one's awareness of the world and of oneself and the human experience..."

Book Tour Confidential
Books Story  May 20, 1999, by Carol Dawson
"...The most gracious of these being the acquiring of merit through reading. The reading of many books, both fiction and nonfiction..."

Paredes Memorial
Books Column  May 20, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...It's time to think about submitting entries to the Austin Writers' League's ninth annual Violet Crown Book Awards. $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories -- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry/prose (which includes essay and short fiction) -- to AWL members who have published books between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 1999..."

In Memoriam
Books Column  May 13, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...PEN (Playwrights, Essayists, Novelists) Center USA West in Los Angeles has announced that Lake Jackson author Ron Rozelle's memoir Into That Good Night (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, $22 hard) is one of five finalists for their creative nonfiction award......"

Books Story  May 13, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...For several years to come, success as a writer of either fiction or nonfiction was elusive. John Draper says that at that time Robert "was very much alone, which is such an invitation for self-deprecation and fatalistic thoughts and 'I'll never get anywhere' and 'Why aren't they responding to me?' ....."

It's a Mystery to Me
Books Story  April 22, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...The short essays about horses in the first section of the book speak volumes about pain and memory and Vietnam in staccato-like flashbacks that haunted me for days. There are also nonfiction essays about cockfighting, bullfighting, and militia groups..."

Books Column  April 22, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...It's time again to think about submitting books to the Austin Writers' League's ninth annual Violet Crown Book Awards. $1,000 cash prizes will be awarded in each of three categories -- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry/prose (which includes essay and short fiction) -- to AWL members who have published books between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 1999..."

Mama's Boys
Screens Story  April 8, 1999, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Louis Alvarez and Andy Kolker make documentaries for people who, if given the choice, would pick root canal work over the doc experience. What they've managed to do is strip all of the medicinal earnestness and polemics from the traditional genre and add in something not usually associated with nonfiction films: entertainment value..."

Give That Jacket a Jacket
Books Column  March 25, 1999
"...The afternoon of free panels hosted by the Austin Writers' League at Borders this Saturday won't be quite as eye-popping as Burning Girl, but that seems appropriate since the panels are meant to honor Small Press Month and to provide alternatives to writers looking to be published. They are: a panel on nonfiction at 1pm and a panel on fiction at 4pm..."

Alternate Universes
Books Story  March 11, 1999
"...The Crime of Sheila McGough by Janet Malcolm Knopf, $22 hard Readers of Janet Malcolm's previous works, like In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer, know that even though Malcolm is one of the nation's most intellectually thrilling nonfiction writers, her stories aren't exactly capers that readers dive into. She is justifiably famous for the vice-grip intensity she locks onto a story and its subjects..."

A League of Their Own
Screens Story  March 11, 1999, by Jesse Sublett
"...Broyles wrote the Vietnam memoir, Brothers in Arms, which set him on the path which eventually led him to create, write, and executive-produce the award-winning TV series China Beach. Harrigan and Wright have about a dozen books between them, including fiction and nonfiction, and both are deeply involved in Texas literary doings..."

Book Reviews
Books Review  February 18, 1999
"...McMurtry's biography of Crazy Horse indicates another new direction, for although he has published two collections of nonfiction, this new book is his first monograph. Here he combines his considerable skill as a storyteller with a life of reading to make sense of the life of Crazy Horse, a man about whom reams have been written but still little is known..."

Trailer Tales
Books Column  February 18, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...This'll look just the way it does on the backof the book, except it'll be three feet wide. What I'm shooting for here, obviously, is that subtle, tasteful look." Jan Grape, who did the legwork in getting James Ellroy to town and whose nonfiction work Deadly Women is up for an Agatha Award after having been nominated for an Edgar and winning a McCavity, will doubtlessly be looking tasteful traveling around the nation with her husband Elmer in their new camper..."

Writes of Winter
Books Review  February 4, 1999
"...The readings began as a monthly event but quickly became a weekly affair. Standing within the KGB's red walls, surrounded by portraits of Soviet dignitaries, both the published and the aspiring came to share fiction and nonfiction of quality..."

Why I Read ...
Books Column  January 7, 1999, by Clay Smith
"...I just was really knocked out by that, what a stunning book. You could pair Kingsolver's book with an extraordinary piece of nonfiction called King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild, which is an ....."

Columns  January 7, 1999
"...I own two cats that are cooler than anyone else's cats, exept maybe Daniel McCoy's pretty kitty. I am a bibliophile who reads mostly nonfiction..."

Giving Austin Authors
Books Story  December 18, 1998
"...ïReal Answers (Paleface Press, $24.95 hard) by Gary Cornwell. This nonfiction book by an Austin trial lawyer is a sensible and revealing account of the Select Committee on Assassinations' work on JFK's assassination..."

Wrapped and Ready
Screens Story  November 27, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...British filmmaker Nicholas Barker blends fiction and nonfiction in this study of four lovelorn New Yorkers. After finding his four subjects, Barker colluded with these characters to create a bracing documentary script for them to star in about the romantic self-delusions that govern their lives..."

Moore Is Better
Books Review  November 20, 1998, by Marion Winik
"...But you're right: They ask. With fiction, if you have any questions, you refer to the story, while with nonfiction there's an invitation to inquire further..."

Writing About Humans
Arts Story  November 13, 1998, by Cari Marshall
"...Against a backdrop of images of such disparate female luminaries as Marlene Dietrich and Frida Kahlo, an esteemed group of biographers, editors, and historians spent two days in Austin last week discussing their various experiences with the complexities of writing about nonfictional women. The occasion was the fourth Flair Symposium, a bi-annual event that honors Fleur Cowles and Flair, the revolutionary magazine that she edited in the 1950s..."

In Memoriam
Books Column  October 23, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Winners will be announced Wednesday, November 18. over 900 titles were submitted by 197 publishers and imprints for consideration for the awards (other categories are fiction, nonfiction, and poetry)......"

The Wrong Cause
Books Story  September 18, 1998
"...Hundreds and hundreds of books, fiction and nonfiction, have been written about Billy the Kid. His story has been told in film versions by everyone from Gore Vidal to Sam Peckinpah, starring actors as diverse as Robert Taylor, Paul Newman, Kris Kristofferson, and Emilio Estevez..."

Nice Work if You Can Get It
AWL Writers Are Making Deals
Books Story  August 21, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...One of those accounts begins, "This is a true story"; it's by Donn Le Vie Jr., a former AWL board member who met "the individual I call Agent X" at the 1995 agent's conference (this year is the fifth for AWL's agent's conference). Le Vie pitched the agent his nonfiction project, the agent seemed very interested and suggested Le Vie buy his book, How to Write a Book Proposal (he bought the book)..."

Money Raised for Reid
Books Column  May 15, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Three winners and 10 finalists will be announced at the 1998 Texas Book Festival. Send a 2,500-word nonfiction essay and a $15 entry fee to: Graves Contest, University of Texas Press, PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713 before May 30..."

Author by Author
Notable Folks in Their Own Write
Books Story  May 1, 1998
"...Ethan Mordden has written 17 volumes of nonfiction, most of them about show business and music, and seven novels, most of them about what it's like to be a gay male in the last half of the 20th century (I've a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore). This particular time span has been loaded with good material, including the gay liberation movement, the gay civil rights movement (the two are related but different), the scourge of AIDS and death, and the selection of gays by the Christo-fascisti as their favorite demonized minority for use in fundraising letters..."

Books Column  April 17, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Three winners and 10 finalists will be announced at the 1998 Texas Book Festival. Send a 2,500-word nonfiction essay and a $15 entry fee to: Graves Contest, University of Texas Press, PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713 before May 30..."

Bookstore Bidness Buzz
Books Column  April 10, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...What are the effects of the sponsor change? Barnes & Noble hopes to put their muscle behind helping the Austin Writers' League publicize the finalists; they'll do this in part by holding an event in September at the Westlake store where winners will be announced (traditionally, winners have been announced at a banquet at the Four Seasons). Categories have slightly changed this year to fiction, nonfiction, and literary fiction or poetry, whereas that last category used to be called simply "literary." Deadline for submission is June 30 for books by AWL members published between August 1, 1997 and June 30, 1998......"

Is That a Biography in Your Pocket...?
Film Folios and Screen Prints
Books Review  March 13, 1998
"...Race, murder, and Hollywood make an interesting story and Morris' book, as an essay on the contemporary South and studio films, is flawless. The Ghosts of Medgar Evers is a worthy successor to his other nonfiction works, including the classic autobiographies North Toward Home and New York Days and is as fine an evocation of his native state as two of his other books, The Courting of Marcus Dupree and Faulkner's Mississippi..."

Mixed Notes
Books Column  March 6, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Three winners and 10 finalists will be announced at the 1998 Texas Book Festival. Send a 2,500 word nonfiction essay and a $15 entry fee to: Keri North, Graves Contest, University of Texas Press, PO Box 7819, Austin, TX 78713 before May 30..."

Movies From the Mount
Sundance Film Festival
Screens Story  February 6, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Yet the quality of the work shone through. Especially striking this year was the number of nonfiction film devoted to studies of other filmmakers and artists..."

Books Column  January 9, 1998, by Clay Smith
"...Toad Hall Children's Bookstore and the Austin Writers' League are co-sponsoring the third annual Teddy Book Award, established to recognize an outstanding book for children written by an AWL member. Entries must have been published during 1997 and may include any children's book, fiction or nonfiction, picture books to young adult titles..."

Books Column  December 5, 1997, by Clay Smith
"...Recipients will receive $10,000 a year for five years. Fine-tuning the selection process will take some time, but it looks as if the process will work something like this: Random House and the Texas Center for Writers (currently working on somehow including "Michener" in the title of the organization) will create a board of nominators, who will each be allowed to submit the name of a deserving writer, in fiction or nonfiction, to a panel of judges chosen by TCW..."

1997 Texas Book Festival Program
Books Story  October 31, 1997
"...Swanson Noon You Should Write a Book -- I Did! First-Time Novelists Tell All Moderator: TBA; Roger Boylan, Margaret Moseley, Patricia Page, D. Marion Wilkinson 12:15pm Children's Author Reading: Angela Shelf Medearis 12:30pm Essay Reading: Von 12:30pm Reading: Bruce Sterling 12:30pm Reading: Daniel Quinn 12:45pm Women's Voices in Fiction Lisa Sandlin, Sandra Scofield 12:45pm Reading: Bob Phillips 1pm Reading: Kinky Friedman 1pm Gala Author Reading: Naomi Shihab Nye 1:15pm Reading: Mary Willis Walker 1:15pm Reaching Out to Teens: Writing Books for Young Adults Moderator: Barbara Thomas; Martha Moore, Beatriz de la Garza, Jackie Vivelo 1:45pm Outlaws & Lawmen: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Moderator: Bill O'Neal; Mike Cox, Suzann Ledbetter, Preston Lewis 2pm Reading: Michael Moorcock 2pm Along the Cactus Curtain: Lure of the Border Moderator: Richard Holland; Max Mártinez, George Rabasa, Bobby Byrd 2:15pm Reading: Tommy Tune 2:15pm Reading: Tom Grimes 2:30pm The Look of Love: Romance Readings Evelyn Palfrey, Anna Larence Nonfiction Reading: Jennifer K..."

In Person
John Berendt at Borders
Books Story  October 17, 1997
"...John Berendt will be reading from and signing his nonfiction bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil on Tuesday, October 20, 7pm, at Borders, and with him will arrive at least two stories. The first constitutes the true, engrossing account of the milieu and events surrounding May 2, 1981, when a moneyed gay antiques dealer in Savannah, Georgia shot (in what he claims was self-defense) a tempestuous hustler named Danny Hansford..."

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