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Texas Book Festival 2020: Isabel Wilkerson on Caste
In 2010, just before that year’s Texas Book Festival and a panel on her book, The Warmth of Other Suns, author Isabel Wilkerson told the Chronicle’s Wells Dunbar that she preferred the term “caste” in describing U.S. social structures, rather than “racism.”

9:00AM Tue. Nov. 17, 2020, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Dave Chappelle to Do Three Shows at Stubb's
The comedian known for doing surprise shows in Austin is about to do it again. Dave Chappelle announced today that he will be doing three shows at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. That’s right, Nov. 16-18. Only a few days away.

4:49PM Fri. Nov. 13, 2020, James Renovitch Read More | Comment »

The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem
Jonathan Lethem has created in The Arrest an allegorical tale full of isolation and rejuvenation fitting for 2020. It's a year that most of us, whether by choice or not, have begun to tell new stories that just might invert the status quo.

11:18AM Thu. Nov. 12, 2020, Evan Rodriguez Read More | Comment »

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
“The thing I will never forget is that people were watching us do all of this,” recalls the narrator of Yaa Gyasi’s second novel. “We were three Black people in distress. Nothing to see.”

12:40PM Wed. Nov. 11, 2020, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2020: Meet the Whiting Award Winners in Poetry
Moderator Safiya Sinclair opened Saturday evening’s discussion with a James Baldwin quote – “Artists are here to disturb the peace” – followed by a Baldwin-esque question: What is the role of the poet in this political moment? The panel, which was made up of three Whiting Award recipients, each offered their take.

4:10PM Tue. Nov. 10, 2020, Barbara Purcell Read More | Comment »

Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith and Isaac J. Bailey in Conversation
On a balmy November afternoon, I and hundreds of others opened our laptops or turned on our tablets or phones to attend the first day of adult programming for the 2020 Texas Book Festival. I didn’t have to walk further than my desk, pay for parking, or fight crowds to hear from this year's guest authors. And the authors didn't have to come to Austin either.

2:30PM Tue. Nov. 10, 2020, Evan Rodriguez Read More | Comment »

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Texas Book Festival 2020: Mychal Denzel Smith
Mychal Denzel Smith almost didn’t write Stakes Is High: Life After the American Dream, his insightful and sobering examination of the American myths we all perform and participate in, and the necessity of losing our old stories. The reason was, he admits, a level of cowardice on his part in the early months of President Trump’s tenure.

3:30PM Wed. Nov. 4, 2020, Evan Rodriguez Read More | Comment »

Fallout Theatre Hosts Hardass Trivia Tournament of Champions
So, yes, the Fallout Theatre’s been shuttered for all these pandemic months, and that’s not trivial for the local improv comedy scene.

8:00AM Mon. Nov. 2, 2020, Wayne Alan Brenner Read More | Comment »

Fallout Theatre Hosts Hardass Trivia Tournament of Champions
Alright, Alright, Alright: Dazed and Confused in Print
"I still have PTSD from making that movie." So sayeth Richard Linklater about Dazed and Confused, and he gets to relive that trauma with an upcoming book and special virtual signing event, hosted by Austin Film Society.

11:05AM Fri. Oct. 23, 2020, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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