Books

The Stories of War

Apr 5, 2017 By Tara Copp

In her new book, 'The Warbird,' Tara Copp weaves together tales from Iraq and World War II.

A Serious Writer

Mar 27, 2017 By Michael Agresta

A chat with Jim Magnuson, the founding director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Groundhog Deus

Mar 22, 2017 By Domingo Martinez

Stephen Tobolowsky has appeared in hundreds of films, including one of the greatest movies ever made. But these days, he’s thinking—and writing—a lot about God.

One Degree of Jim Magnuson

Mar 22, 2017 By Jeff Salamon

Over the past 23 years, the founding director of the Michener Center for Writers has helped launch countless literary careers. Here are a few of the program’s most notable graduates.

They Came From the Sky

Feb 23, 2017 By Stephen Harrigan

In this exclusive excerpt from Stephen Harrigan’s forthcoming history of Texas, the first Spanish conquistadors arrive on our shores, starving, haggard, and in no mood for conquest.

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Enemies, A Love Story

Jan 25, 2017 By Jeff Salamon

George Saunders explains how writing about Trump voters and writing a novel required the same skill: understanding people you don’t agree with.

Let the River Run

Dec 21, 2016 By Wes Ferguson

Wes Ferguson has paddled and walked all 87 miles of one of the Hill Country’s most prized waterways. In this exclusive excerpt from The Blanco River, he uncovers a few of its natural secrets.

The Checklist

Oct 19, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to watch, listen to, and read this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Checklist

Sep 21, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to read, listen to, watch, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

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True Western

Sep 15, 2016 By Jeff Salamon

Paulette Jiles wasn't born in Texas, but she started writing novels set here as fast as she could.

The Yes Man

Aug 24, 2016 By Dan Slater

He was just a regular kid in South Texas, until a brush with the law propelled Gabriel Cardona into petty crime—and the service of a drug lord rising to power across the Rio Grande. In this exclusive excerpt from Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico’s Most Dangerous Drug Cartel, Dan Slater traces the true story of how one Laredo boy went from high school dropout to hit man.

The Checklist

Aug 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to read, listen to, and watch this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

Dream Life

Aug 24, 2016 By Jeff Salamon

The incandescent unreality of Rocky Schenck is on display in the photographer's second collection.

Empire of the Perfect Pass

Aug 24, 2016 By Brian D. Sweany

Quanah Parker, Stonewall Jackson . . . and Hal Mumme?! Why S.C. Gwynne took a break from historical epics to tell the story of the Texas coach who changed football.

The Checklist

Jul 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to read, listen to, and watch this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

Mission Admonished

Jun 22, 2016 By Jeff Salamon

A new biography takes a hard look at our forty-third president’s foreign policy record, with assessments that often stand in stark contrast with Bush's own verdict on his presidency.

The Checklist

Jun 22, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to read, watch, and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

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McMurtry’s Best

Jun 22, 2016 By Mark Busby

Lonesome Dove aside, here are the indispensable titles every Texan should have on his or her bookshelf.

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The Minor Regional Novelist

Jun 22, 2016 By Skip Hollandsworth

Texas may have inspired Larry McMurtry to become a writer, but there is no writer who has inspired an understanding of Texas quite like Larry McMurtry. At age eighty, our most iconic author still has work to do.

The Checklist

May 26, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to read, watch, and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Checklist

Apr 20, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to read, watch, and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Making of The Little Red Book

Apr 10, 2016 By Kevin Robbins

An excerpt from Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf by Kevin Robbins reveals how one of golf's greatest minds came to share his knowledge with the world.

Murders in the Night

Apr 4, 2016 By Skip Hollandsworth

An exclusive excerpt from The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer reveals a forgotten time in Austin history, when a series of brutal, unsolved slayings terrified officials and left them wondering if a madman was on the loose.

The Checklist

Feb 24, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to watch, read, and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.