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Mayor's Book Club Reading: Ben Fountain and Sarah Bird

Mayor Lee Leffingwell welcomes author Ben Fountain, who will read from his book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, followed by a conversation with Sarah Bird, author of The Gap Year. Bo


AFS Presents: The Screenplay Workshop's Story Structure Seminar

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre

Get your screenplay idea out of the coffee shop and get into this three-hour intensive course with successful script doctor Jill Chamberlain, who will teach the noted "Nutshell technique"


Story time

Let the Austin Chronicle's 21st Annual Short Story Contest be your entrance to the literature world

By Ryan Lakich

It’s that time of year again to see if you have the talent to sit among the ranks of O. Henry, Edgar Allen Poe or Nikolai Gogol. The Austin Chronicle is once again accepting entries for the 2 ...


Dark, meaningful fiction

Local horror author Lee Thomas is helping Austin stand out on the literary map

By Gabino Iglesias

Central Texas is now a hotspot for dark fiction, and Austin is the epicenter of that movement. Nate Southard, Ed Kurtz, Wrath James White, Boyd Harris, Robert Jackson Bennett and Shane McKenzie are ...


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 I want to All my peers feel the s ...


lit out loud

Local author Owen Egerton celebrates The Book of Harold at BookPeople

By Samantha Pitchel

From stage to page, Owen Egerton is one of Austin’s favorite funny men. Tomorrow night you’ll have a chance to see why as BookPeople celebrates the paperback release of his novel The Bo ...


Where horror lives

Ed Kurtz: Making Austin scarier, one book at a time

By Gabino Iglesias

In April of 2011, local author Ed Kurtz had a self-published debut novel to plug and a cranium full of ideas. By the end of the year, his novel, Bleed, had made the “Best of 2011″ lists ...


peer support

Write By Night celebrates its second year as a place for writers to collaborate, socialize and network

By Joelle Pearson

In 2010, I returned to America to start writing freelance, full-time. I knew the life I was getting into — a local writer, Spike Gillespie, gave me some sage advice about it in college. &ldqu ...


new music now

The Awl introduces Awl Music, a streaming video site powered by Tumblr, curated by editors and friends

By Samantha Pitchel

I thought I couldn’t possibly love The Awl any more. I was wrong. The site, founded in 2008 by David Cho (formerly of College Humor and Radar, now at Grantland) and ex-Gawker writers Alex ...


fiction, fantasy and beyond

Literary journal Unstuck finds truly fantastic writing that embraces the surreal

By Samantha Pitchel

It’s easy to get distracted by labels, especially in the literary world. Classifications of “chick lit” or “historical romance” can kill an otherwise brilliant work&rs ...


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