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<i>Before Stonewall</i> by Edward Cohen
Before Stonewall
The short stories in this collection from Austin's Awst Press simmer with queer rage, grief, and longing

Rosalind Faires, Arts, June 24, 2021

<i>The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid</i> by Lawrence Wright
The Plague Year: America in the Time of Covid
In his account of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the New Yorker writer reports the killers are off the leash

Michael King, Arts, June 3, 2021

<i>One Last Stop</i> Is an Electrifying Queer Timeslip Romance
One Last Stop Is an Electrifying Queer Timeslip Romance
The author of Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston, unveils her second novel

Rosalind Faires, Arts, June 3, 2021

Far From Respectable: Dave Hickey and His Art by Daniel Oppenheimer
Far From Respectable: Dave Hickey and His Art
In this new book, the iconoclastic art critic gets the respect he deserves

Barbara Purcell, Arts, May 27, 2021

Five Graphic Novels That Will Supercharge Your Sequential Existence
Five Graphic Novels That Will Supercharge Your Sequential Existence
A smattering of comics to keep your clever eyes busy

Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, May 20, 2021

<i>Paris Without Her: A Memoir</i> by Gregory Curtis
Paris Without Her: A Memoir
In his latest book, the Austin author walks through the City of Light to find a new life after his wife's death

Robert Faires, Arts, May 20, 2021

<i>The Hunting Wives</i> by May Cobb
The Hunting Wives
When the Austin author leads you into the Piney Woods for her new thriller, the trip is sultry and surprising

Rosalind Faires, Arts, May 13, 2021

Carrie Fountain's Third Collection of Poetry Illuminates the Day-to-Day
Carrie Fountain's Third Collection of Poetry Illuminates the Day-to-Day
The Austin author lives The Life

Rosalind Faires, Arts, May 6, 2021

<i>The Swallowed Man</i> by Edward Carey
The Swallowed Man
The Austin author's rich and strange take on Pinocchio has Geppetto tell the story from the belly of the giant fish

Robert Faires, Arts, Feb. 4, 2021

<i>The Zealot and the Emancipator</i> by H.W. Brands
The Zealot and the Emancipator by H.W. Brands
This history by the UT professor offers a new look at John Brown and Abraham Lincoln: side by side

Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 23, 2020

<i>Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents</i> by Isabel Wilkerson
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
In her second book, the author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines and breaks down the unacknowledged social structure baked into our country

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Nov. 12, 2020

<i>Sex and Vanity</i> by Kevin Kwan
Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan
Kevin Kwan offers another gloriously satirical and sharp sociological take on the insular lives of the untouchably rich

Barbara Purcell, Arts, Nov. 5, 2020

<i>Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir</i> by Natasha Trethewey
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha Trethewey
In her book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet is a daughter who returns to her mother's crime scene to reclaim herself

Barbara Purcell, Arts, Nov. 5, 2020

<i>Running</i> by Natalia Sylvester
Running by Natalia Sylvester
Natalia Sylvester’s YA debut makes the political personal

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 29, 2020

<i>Murder on Cold Street</i> by Sherry Thomas
Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas
Sherry Thomas' fifth outing in the Lady Sherlock series is as fascinating and feminist as ever

Arts, Oct. 8, 2020

<i>Good Citizens Need Not Fear</i> by Maria Reva
Good Citizens Need Not Fear by Maria Reva
Anything can happen in the wonderfully weird Ukraine of this short story collection

Robert Faires, Arts, Sept. 3, 2020

<i>Hezada! I Miss You</i> by Erin Pringle
Hezada! I Miss You by Erin Pringle
Erin Pringle's debut novel is a circus of grief

Cat McCarrey, Arts, March 5, 2020

<i>Me & Mr. Cigar</i>
Me & Mr. Cigar
Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes debuts a deeply weird and wonderful young adult novel.

Alyssa Quiles, Music, Feb. 20, 2020

<i>The Teacher</i> by Michal Ben-Naftali
The Teacher
This prize-winning novel's tale of a student piecing together the hidden life of her teacher, a Holocaust survivor who killed herself, is haunting

Jay Trachtenberg, Arts, Feb. 13, 2020

The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard
The Messenger: The Songwriting Legacy of Ray Wylie Hubbard

Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges
Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

Jay Trachtenberg, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

Life Is a Butt Dial: Tales From a Life Among the Tragically Hip
Life Is a Butt Dial: Tales From a Life Among the Tragically Hip

Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

Revenge of the She-Punks
Revenge of the She-Punks

Rachel Rascoe, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll
The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock & Roll

Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 5, 2019

The Highs and Lows of Houston Life in <i>Lot: Stories</i>
The Highs and Lows of Houston Life in Lot: Stories
Bryan Washington depicts residents with warmth and discernment as they live, fight, work, and love in a city that can be both a home and a challenge

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 24, 2019

New Janis Joplin Biography Favors Love Over Sensationalism
New Janis Joplin Biography Favors Love Over Sensationalism
Author Holly George-Warren shows the love in Janis: Her Life and Music

Tim Stegall, Arts, Oct. 24, 2019

<i>The Dutch House</i> by Ann Patchett
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
In her eighth novel, Ann Patchett shows that what makes a family cannot be measured by the grandness of a house

Yvette Benavides, Arts, Oct. 3, 2019

<i>The Secrets We Kept</i> by Lara Prescott
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
Who runs the world? Secretaries, spies, and survivors in Lara Prescott's debut novel

Rosalind Faires, Arts, Sept. 12, 2019

Texas Platters
Texas Flood: The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan
A Texas Flood of new interviews paint an intimate portrait of late Austin guitar god

Doug Freeman, Music, Sept. 5, 2019

<i>Cold Storage</i>
Cold Storage
David Koepp's new thriller involves zombies, but its unexpected take, rooted in scientific realism, will make you rethink how the genre works

Reid Jowers, Arts, Aug. 29, 2019

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