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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

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

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

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.