"...McCracken is the author of several books, including the Story Prize-winning collection Thunderstruck & Other Stories; Carey is the author of several books, too, most recently a young adult series called The Iremonger Trilogy. As both these writers will be among the acclaimed panelists and speakers (with McCracken providing the keynote) at the Poets & Writers Inspiration event at the Blanton Museum on Jan..."
"...Charles Baxter is known as a writer's writer. His collection There's Something I Want You to Do cements that rep with stories divided into virtues and vices..."
"...Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude, will be on hand to discuss his latest short fiction collection, Lucky Alan and Other Stories. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr., who occasionally turns his hand to fiction, will discuss his third novel, Grant Park, which ties together racial events in 1968 and 2008..."
"...If not for the author's perseverance and the adventurousness of a pair of independent publishers in the UK and USA, readers might not know of this daring work of fiction yet. McBride appears at the Texas Book Festival this weekend, and it's fitting that she will be sitting with local author Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck and Other Stories) for a session titled "Mutual Appreciation Society." McCracken was an early proponent of McBride's novel on this side of the Atlantic, and it was, in fact, a tweet of hers touting the book that led Chris Fischbach of Coffee House Press to seek the American rights to the book..."
"...And the fiction list is a veritable who's who of the local literary scene: Sarah Bird (Above the East China Sea), Elizabeth Crook (Monday, Monday), Rolando Hinojosa (The Valley), James Magnuson (Famous Writers I Have Known), Philipp Meyer (The Son), Elizabeth McCracken (Thunderstruck and Other Stories), Meg Gardiner (Phantom Instinct), Jeff Abbott (Inside Man), Bill Cotter (The Parallel Apartments), Dean Young (Fall Higher), and Carrie Fountain (Instant Winner) … to name a few...."
"...Thunderstruck & Other Storiesby Elizabeth McCracken The Dial Press, 240pp., $26..."
"...In lieu of finishing dust-collecting classics Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, I'll probably curl up with a mug of whiskey wassail and the National Book Award nominated Thunderstruck & Other Stories from Elizabeth McCracken. The force is strong with the Ghost of Christmas Past. – Jessi Cape, subscriptions manager and writer..."
"...Eastman preschool classic with his wife, playwright Allison Gregory). His plays are regularly lauded with honors: the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for Still Life With Iris and Fiction; the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet; the Yomuiri Shimbun Award – call it the Japanese Tony – for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence; the Edgar Award for Drama from the Mystery Writers of America for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and William Gillette's play; a Pulitzer Prize nomination for Last of the Boys..."
"...Hawley Harvey Crippen, who, while living in Edwardian London, murdered his aspiring actress wife and attempted to escape on an ocean liner only to be captured, thanks to a new invention: the wireless radio. Plotted and paced like a thriller, Thunderstruck successfully weaves the concurrent stories of Crippen, his wife Belle Elmore, and Guglielmo Marconi into a fascinating view of early 20th-century life..."
"...And of course, you reveal who people are by showing them in different circumstances, and that's what I do in the play. People would tell stories, and they wouldn't know the relative importance of anything they might say..."
"...Adrian Villegas' Six Mexicans Named Gonzalez is a whirlwind tour of six such stories that exist outside the media mainstream, using both monologues and video montages. Not only does this solo show provide a cultural reference point for those who have been overlooked, it's just darn funny as well...."