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Amy Gentry


Amy Gentry is a writer and performer. She holds a PhD in English and enjoys reading Henry James novels, watching pre-code cinema, and making things. She also runs the Austin branch of Dance Dance Party Party.

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Visiting Author

“A different kind of truth”: The facts and fictions of Emma Donoghue

By Amy Gentry

“I've always had a very zigzag career,” says Emma Donoghue. “So I appreciate when anybody hangs in there for more than one book.”  While it is true that the ...

culturemap interview

True Confessions and tough love: A conversation with Illumine Award-winning author Sarah Bird

By Amy Gentry

Novelist Sarah Bird credits the Austin Public Library with saving her from a fate worse than death. The year was 1973. Bird had followed her boyfriend to Austin, and then ...

Austin's newest literary journal, Foxing Quarterly, champions the power of the printed page

By Amy Gentry

Once upon a time, books and magazines were made of paper — yes, that’s right, just like the Anthropologie catalogue! The amazing thing about these flimsy objects is that you ...

Good Reads

An interview with novelist Emma Straub on Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

By Amy Gentry

Emma Straub’s debut novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures (Riverhead, $26.95), follows the transformation of Wisconsin farm girl Elsa Emerson into leading lady Laura Lamont during Hollywood ...

the sxsw of stories

A writer's guide to the best of the Texas Book Festival — sex included

By Amy Gentry

It is upon us! That behemoth of books festivals, that leviathan of literature, that SXSW of stories — you get the point. It’s the Texas Book Festival, and man, there ...

Literary Heroes

Young adult fiction, please, and hold the bullshit: A conversation with Libba Bray

By Amy Gentry

“She’s pretty unapologetic. And you know that if you ever got stuck somewhere, she would have the gin.” That’s young adult novelist Libba Bray describing the protagonist of ...

Junkyard Beauty: W. Joe Hoppe's new book Diamond Plate has working class roots

By Amy Gentry

“I want to speak to people who haven't been spoken to, or spoken for,” says Austin poet W. Joe Hoppe. For Hoppe, that means the poems in his newly ...

readers of all ages

All grown up: The Austin Teen Book Festival attracts kids and adults in record numbers

By Amy Gentry

The Austin Teen Book Festival is all grown up.  On Saturday, Sept. 29, the free festival will pack the Palmer Events Center full of YA fiction fans of all ages ...

Festival Frenzy

Texas Book Festival announces impressive 2012 lineup including Jewel, Danza and Danielewski

By Amy Gentry

Book festivals make for strange bedfellows, as a perusal of the newly released author line-up for the 2012 Texas Book Festival reveals. For some of us, the thought of Naomi ...

Out of Bounds Comedy

"Beautiful Women Doing Ugly Things": Anna Renzenbrink's all-female improv celebrates the good, the bad, and the cheeky

By Amy Gentry

Anna Renzenbrink didn’t fly 9,000 miles from Melbourne, Australia, to Austin, Texas, to be nice. Renzenbrink, who braved innumerable in-flight movies to appear in the Out of Bounds ...

Out of Bounds Comedy

Comedy from another planet: Asperger’s Are Us brings deadpan humor, autism awareness to Out of Bounds

By Amy Gentry

Asperger’s Are Us is funny. More than funny: Hilarious. That has to be mentioned first, because it can sometimes be obscured by the fact that the four-man sketch troupe ...

Film to stage

Woody Allen's Manhattan comes to Austin in improvised "Stories" at the Hideout Theatre

By Amy Gentry

Painters at the MoMA, perverts on the subway, a gaggle of therapists, and a good hot reuben. These are just some of the ingredients of Manhattan Stories, an improvised performance ...

self expression

Hungry for "The Free”: Writing workshops give juvenile offenders a voice

By Amy Gentry

  I’m hungry for my freedom Cause I miss the free I miss eating when I want to Take a shower how long I want to Go to sleep when ...

Literary Heroes

Reinventing women's lives one Facebook post at a time: Claire Cook launches new book Wallflower in Bloom

By Amy Gentry

For a brief moment, 57-year-old author Claire Cook thought she might be on Dancing with the Stars.  “Of course I would have done it,” she says, nodding emphatically, hazel eyes ...

Literary Superstars

High school seniors tell true tales of love, pain and dirt bikes at Austin Bat Cave event

By Amy Gentry

Rosie Mayen is a senior in high school with a story to tell—and it’s kind of an embarrassing one. “It’s about my 12-year-old self, and how I ...

laff 2012

Skinny Bitchin' with Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting: Sketch duo brings dark comedy and poop jokes to the Ladies Are Funny Festival

By Amy Gentry

In one sketch performed by comedy duo Skinny Bitch Jesus Meeting at a past Ladies Are Funny Festival, a bearded mountain man named Salty Doug discovered that his faithful cat ...

interview with the author

"All Fiction Is a Show": Award-winning Austin writer Robert Jackson Bennett discusses his vaudeville novel The Troupe

By Amy Gentry

You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Robert Jackson Bennett has been on a lot of stages. The tall, quiet 27-year-old, who just won a 2012 Edgar ...

Fusebox Festival

Guilty Pleasures: Artist Kaci Beeler on realism, dessert, and FOOD PORN

By Amy Gentry

Kaci Beeler is perhaps best known in Austin as the co-operator of The Hideout Theatre and one of the most dynamic and irresistibly watchable improv performers in town. Fewer people ...

just visiting

New Fiction Confab brings four amazing authors to Austin

By Amy Gentry

When I met novelist Peter Orner, the first thing he asked me was where Austin was, exactly, in Texas. (“Central,” I said. “If you want to be fancy you can ...

literary directions

A new chapter: Texas Book Festival names Lidia Agraz as Executive Director

By Amy Gentry

For two days each year, hordes of book lovers flood the Capitol to attend free readings and panel discussions by hundreds of authors from Texas and around the world — and ...

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