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Harper Lee reportedly dead at 89

9:41 am Feb. 19, 2016

Nelle Harper Lee, the

The news was first reported on http://www.al.com, the Alabama website for several newspapers in the state, including Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile.

Lee was born April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, the

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

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

AMC approves drama series ‘The Son’

2:13 pm Jan. 14, 2016

A new TV series on AMC will be based on Austin author Philipp Meyer’s “The Son,” a sprawling epic with multiple viewpoints about the Texas oil industry.

The adaptation for TV was written by Meyer, Lee

Texas Teen Book Fest set for Oct. 1

3:03 pm Jan. 13, 2016

The Texas Teen Book Festival has set its date for 2016: Oct. 1 at St. Edward’s University.

The festival is one of that nation’s largest teen book events, usually attracting more than 4,000 readers. In 2015, 32 authors spoke at the fest.

The festival is a joint project of te Texas Book Festival and BookPeople, with support from St. Edward’s University and Humanities Texas, and in partnership with the Badgerdog writing program.