Joe Gross writes on books and culture both popular an un-.

Ransom Center gets grant to digitize archive

2:56 pm Jan. 4, 2016

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas has received a $126,730 grant to digitize more than 24,000 pages from the Gabriel García Márquez archive.

The grant came from the Council on Library and Information

MLA convention coming to Austin

12:56 pm Jan. 4, 2016

More than 7,500 scholars will hold their first-ever meeting in Austin this week as part of the annual Modern Language Association convention, with about 840 sessions featuring the presentation of academic papers, debates of cultural

Lots of great Texas-related books coming up

12:01 pm Dec. 4, 2015

Despite high-profile arguments to the contrary, I’ve contended for the past few years that Texas literary culture is no longer the backwater that it once was, with numerous young and old writers doing great work.


Crace, Giardina event set for Dec. 3

10:28 am Nov. 24, 2015

Acclaimed authors Jim Crace and Anthony Giardina, who are visiting professors this fall at the University of Texas, will participate in a reading hosted by the Michener Center for Writers at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3.


T.C. Boyle event on Thursday

3:31 pm Nov. 18, 2015

Author T.C. Boyle, who has written 25 novels and story collections, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in an event sponsored by the University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers.

The event will be held in

Ransom Center opens Garcia Marquez archive to researchers

10:33 am Oct. 21, 2015

The archive of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez opened today for research at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

The humanities research center agreed to pay $2.2 million for the archive of

It’s a wrap: the Texas Book Festival

2:19 pm Oct. 19, 2015

The Texas Book Festival always has a wide variety of free events, from cooking to music to children’s activities to serious conversations about current affairs in the C-SPAN 2 Tent. But this year, it was

ISIS and the Mideast mess

4:04 pm Oct. 18, 2015

Michael Weiss, the co-author with Hassan Hassan of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” had some sobering thoughts on Sunday about the current state of affairs in the Mideast, particularly in Syria.

And he thinks the

Book fest authors talk about “Selfish” choices 

3:39 pm Oct. 18, 2015

The panelists for “Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed” Sunday at the Texas Book Festival joked that the title could refer to writers in general. In fact, it’s the title of a collection of personal essays by

Matters of race at the Texas Book Festival

3:36 pm Oct. 18, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Leonard Pitts Jr. jumps back and forth from writing newspaper columns and writing fiction, and he says there’s a big difference. A column has length requirements, and