Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from the State Fair of Texas to playing Texas Hold ‘Em at the Blanco County Courthouse. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[September 28–October 4]
Sex Still Sells
Suzy Spencer, the New York Times-bestselling author from Austin, is fascinated with characters on the margins. But after many years of writing about people like Andrea Yates, the Houston woman convicted of drowning her five children, or Stephanie Lynn Martin and William M. Busenburg, the Austin lovers who killed and dismembered for pleasure, Spencer desperately wanted a laugh. So she turned to sex. The result, Secret Sex Lives: A Year on the Fringes of American Sexuality, is an overview of alternative sex practices like, Spencer said, “women cruising Craigslist to check out the sex smorgasbord.” The book started as a journalistic endeavor but evolved into a memoir, a bold decision for Spencer, a born-again Christian who nearly went to seminary. “To