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Chatting with Austin author Dominic Smith

1:39 pm Apr. 12, 2016

My interview with Austin novelist Dominic Smith, whose latest is “The Last Painting of Sara de Vos,” is scheduled to run Sunday, but as usual, I had to leave out parts of the interview to

New Fiction Confab set for April 23

10:57 am Mar. 31, 2016

The seventh annual New Fiction Confab will be held on Saturday, April 23 at the John Henry Faul Central Library at 800 Guadalupe St.

This year’s event will feature Kirk Lynn (“Rules for Werewolves”), Karan Mahajan

Mayor’s Book Club selects ‘A Friend of Mr. Lincoln’

10:46 am Mar. 31, 2016

Stephen Harrigan’s “A Friend of Mr. Lincoln” is the 2016 Mayor’s Book Club title.

The book club is an annual citywide reading campaign that aims to develop a community experience through reading and discussion.

Harrigan’s novel

Youth Fiction Writing Contest entries being accepted

10:47 am Mar. 29, 2016

Entries are being accepted for the 2016 Youth Fiction Writing Contest until July 1, and this year’s theme is “Note to Self.”

The contest is hosted by the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Diversity

Poet Jane Miller reading set for April 7

10:27 am Mar. 29, 2016

Poet Jane Miller will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. April 7, with the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas serving as host.

Miller, a longtime member of the University of Arizona

Sarah Bird to get Lon Tinkle Award; other finalists named

11:18 am Mar. 17, 2016

Austin novelist Sarah Bird will receive the Lon Tinkle Award at the annual Texas Institute of Letters’ award reception and banquet on April 15 and 16, the literary group announced Thursday.

The Tinkle award is presented

Texas Book Fest raising money for Reading Rock Stars

3:59 pm Mar. 8, 2016

If you’re a fan of the Texas Book Festival, here’s a chance to help their programs. Beginning today, the festival’s Amplify Austin campaign has set a goal of raising $15,000 for Reading Rock Stars, a

Rounding up the literary awards

2:40 pm Feb. 11, 2016

The major literary awards are coming up, and we decided to put together a guide to who’s likely to be nominated, where things stand and what’s ahead. Such lists also provide a decent reading guide