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Talking to professional pencil sharpener David Rees: On his new handbook, his upcoming visit to Book People and the art of graphite

By Samantha Pitchel

Apr 12th, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Odds are, you don’t take enough time out of your day to appreciate the art of the pencil, your office’s most basic supply. Making up for the masses ...


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

By Gabino Iglesias

Apr 9th, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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 ...


L-I-T-E-R-A-C-Y: Austin's Grown-Up Spelling Bee dictates help for Central Texas

By Michael Graupmann

Mar 27th, 2012 at 5:20 PM

"Gadfly. G-A-D-F-L-Y." When was the last time you participated in an honest-to-goodness spelling academic spelling bee? Do you remember studying with flashcards in hopes of advancing? Or do you still ...


Novelist Gary Shteyngart explains our Super Sad future, the allure of James Franco and the danger of anxiety

By Tarra Gaines

Mar 26th, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Why are the bleakest of literary landscapes sometimes the most fertile ground for comedy? This is a question I posed to a master of dystopian satire, novelist Gary Shteyngart, the ...


Celebrate the release of Nick Courtright’s Punchline by catching one of the author's upcoming appearances

By Samantha Pitchel

Mar 21st, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Regular readers of CultureMap’s Literature section will recall that, last fall, we excerpted local writer Nick Courtright’s Punchline, a collection of poems inspired by classic quotes and written ...

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