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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

Former Defense chief Gates to give lecture at LBJ Library

12:16 pm Jan. 25, 2016

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will give the third annual Tom Johnson lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium at the LBJ Library.

Gates, author of “Duty,” has recently published another book, “A Passion

A chat with Harrigan

11:05 am Jan. 22, 2016

I sat down recently to talk with Austin author Stephen Harrigan about his upcoming book, “A Friend of Mr. Lincoln,” and the story about his new book is scheduled to be published Jan. 31.

But as

A&M celebrating Shakespeare, too

1:28 pm Jan. 19, 2016

Texas A&M is hosting an exhibit featuring Shakespeare’s First Folio from March 8 to April 3. “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare” is part of a national exhibit, sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare

Newbery goes to ‘Last Stop’

10:45 am Jan. 11, 2016

Matt de la Pena won the Newbery Medal for the best children’s book of 2015, “Last Stop on Market Street.”

De la Pena, a  California native who lives in Brooklyn, is a frequent visitor to such

MLA says ‘huh?’ to Texas government’s Spanish

2:17 pm Jan. 8, 2016

The Modern Language Association, which is holding its annual convention in Austin through Sunday, is not amused by the Texas government’s use of the Spanish language.

Excerpts from the Texas Penal Code, dealing with the carrying of weapons, are posted at various sites inside the convention hall, and the MLA’s “Convention Daily” had a headline Friday saying: “Spanish Errors in Texas Penal Code.”

The text of the correction from the MLA, which

Blanton hosting literary event Saturday

1:56 pm Jan. 7, 2016

The Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas campus will be hosting a daylong literary event on Saturday in cooperation with Poets & Writers Magazine, with readings, lectures and workshops.

Austin author Elizabeth