Texas's Defiance Press publishes conservative broadsides that border on fiction. But it’s the company’s actual novels that are truly strange.
Our state’s legacy of great writing has a publishing tradition to match. Here are a handful of the dozens of outfits producing great books in Texas.
An original broadsheet announcing the fall of the Alamo, the first book published in Texas, and other stuff that Phil Collins will probably buy.
In their new book ‘Chokeholds,’ researchers argue Lee Harvey Oswald was just one piece of a sprawling conspiracy—one that other investigators claim never existed at all.
‘The Madstone,’ a sequel to 2018’s ‘The Which Way Tree,’ is a compelling read on its own terms.
Who wouldn’t want to drink a Murder on the Orient Espresso martini?
For me, the experience of shopping at Kindred Stories is more than just a transaction.
Much of the joy of a great used bookstore is in discovering the messages scribbled in a paperback’s margins.
To celebrate the enduring power of the Texas bookstore, we’re publishing odes to shops old and new, essays by some of our favorite novelists, conversations with booksellers, and more.
A Texas legend finally gets top billing, Willie spills on his songs, the Black Pumas return, and Sugar Land hosts Honeyland.
"Bookseller" was one of the Pulitzer winner's core identities, and at Booked Up, it showed.
Sorry, New York. The largest U.S. publisher of literature in translation, plus a thriving global books scene, resides in the Metroplex.
A new movie adaption, starring Nicolas Cage, may finally bring the 1960 novel ‘Butcher’s Crossing’ the fame it deserves—right when we need to heed its message.
At nearly fifty years old, the feminist bookstore remains a safe haven for those seeking a place to process the world.
The independent bookstores of sixties and seventies San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas created community and opened whole new worlds for Texans.
From McAllen to Austin, indie bookstores have provided Fernando A. Flores with far more than just reading material.
COVID put Texas author Katie Gutierrez’s book launch for her debut novel on hold. This San Antonio independent bookstore came to the rescue.
Whether you prefer to read Harry Potter with a stack of pancakes or ‘Jane Eyre’ with a charcuterie board, you’re encouraged to stick around awhile at these bookshop bistros.
Houston’s Murder by the Book serves up bloodshed with a smile.
We scoured the state for every indie we could find. Texas readers, you’re going to want to bookmark.
And not just in big cities—in suburbs and in small towns, new shops are serving up classics, cocktails, and community.
When I wrote my YA novel, I hoped to inspire teens to figure out their beliefs around complicated political questions. But amid a wave of book bans, my book could get prohibited from school shelves.
In his new book, the Houston infectious disease expert raises the alarm about those who tout debunked claims about vaccines.
From demon-possessed children to a world premiere ballet, our writers and editors share the art they’re most looking forward to this season.
Round House Paper in Cedar Hill aims to tackle reading-level disparities by centering little readers in Black communities.
At UTHealth’s McGovern Center, Keisha Ray works to combat the biases that lead to worse outcomes for Black patients.
Photographer Keith Carter explores the otherworldly wetlands of East Texas in a stunning new book.
In her new memoir, ‘Up Home,’ Ruth J. Simmons details how she defied the constraints of her segregated childhood and turned her humble origins into the key to her success.
Lawrence Wright’s new book, ‘Mr. Texas,’ was inspired by what he discovered about corruption, political combat, and, yes, pig hunting.
A new biography makes clear that the acclaimed writer had an intense love-hate relationship with his home state. Which may have been the secret to his success.
Guests-only libraries and themed bars beckon lovers of the written word to these three Texas hotels.
Shawn Warner was at an empty book signing for ‘Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons-Pierce Manor’ when a Fort Worth TikToker took notice. The rest is history.
In his new book, ‘The Heat Will Kill You First,’ Austin-based journalist Jeff Goodell examines climate change in its most essential form: temperature rise.
Is there anything better than a good story with a view?
Andrew Braunberg, author of ‘Fires, Floods, Explosions, and Bloodshed: A History of Texas Whiskey,’ shares some fascinating details from his book.
Meow Wolf finally opens! Jamie Foxx returns to Netflix! Erykah Badu is on tour! Vampires are at war?
Texas Monthly reporter Dan Solomon just published his first work of young adult fiction, ‘The Fight for Midnight.’ These are the books that inspired him.
Texas Monthly staffer Dan Solomon discusses his first book, ‘The Fight for Midnight,’ which comes out as we approach the ten-year anniversary of a dramatic day (and night) at the Legislature.
Sarah Bird, Fernando A. Flores, Mary Helen Specht, Sergio Troncoso, James Wade, and six more Texas writers reflect on what McCarthy meant to them and to the state.
From a small bookstore in Central Texas, the best-selling author rules over the booming Stoicism self-help movement. Why now? Why here?
An exclusive excerpt from Texas Monthly’s new book, ‘Lone Stars Rising,’ reevaluates the legacy of the former governor and president.
Dallas journalist Roxanna Asgarian’s new book, ‘We Were Once a Family,’ examines a murder-suicide that made national news—and finds that the story behind the story is even worse than we thought.
In this original short story, when two down-on-their luck Houston men try to steal copper pipes from a home, nothing goes quite as planned.
This month, fans have a chance to bid on books, guns, and a pinball machine owned by the definitive chronicler of twentieth-century Texas.
Raúl the Third, the creator of the World of ¡Vamos! series, depicts a colorful childhood spent between El Paso and Juárez.
In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Texas Monthly, our new book is a collection of original essays and portraits of fifty groundbreaking Texans.
A nightmarish scene in Larry McMurtry’s epic novel triggered my unshakable—and completely illogical—fear of snakes.
We have seven words for you: Owen Wilson in a Bob Ross wig.
For decades, the Houston folklorist labored over his biography of the legendary bluesman. Seven years after McCormick’s death, the book is finally out—and so are the secrets long kept by its troubled author.
Sarah Wilson's ‘DIG’ combines photos, her grandfather’s Kodachrome teaching slides, and creatively staged paleontological artifacts.