Books

Back in the Saddle Again

Jul 8, 2013 By Edward Nawotka

Novelist James Carlos Blake, who has been compared to Cormac McCarthy, returns to his prolific writing pace, releasing two books in less than a year.

Carrying on Chris Kyle’s Legacy

Jun 3, 2013 By Paul Knight

The Navy SEAL sniper was killed at a gun range in Erath County before he completed his second book, "American Gun." Now his wife and co-authors are determined to share the story they knew Kyle wanted to tell.

Hog Hunting With Texas’s Next Literary Giant

May 24, 2013 By Francesca Mari

Philipp Meyer is impressing the literary world with his second novel, The Son, a multigenerational epic about an oil and ranching dynasty in Texas that is being called the most ambitious Texas novel in years. But how did this East Coast-reared man manage to capture the spirit of the state?

Big Little Man

May 13, 2013 By Philipp Meyer

“By the time I’d been with the band a year, I was treated the same as any other Comanche.” An excerpt from Philipp Meyer’s epic new novel, “The Son.”

The Artist and the City

Jan 24, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

For thirty years, when she wasn’t writing books or winning genius grants, Sandra Cisneros has been pushing and prodding San Antonio to become a more sophisticated (and more Mexican) city. Now she’s leaving town. did she succeed?

The Renaissance of Ann

Jan 21, 2013 By Christopher Kelly

Nearly six years after her death, Ann Richards, who is the subject of a new documentary, book, and stage play, still casts a long shadow.

A Q&A With Jan Reid

Jan 21, 2013 By John Spong

Senior editor John Spong talked with Jan Reid about his new Ann Richards biography, Let the People In. 

The Last Liberal

Jan 21, 2013 By david oshinsky

As Jan Reid's new biography makes clear, Ann Richards was one of the most magnetic politicians of the past thirty years. So why didn’t she leave much of a legacy?

The Writes of Spring

Jan 21, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Robert Caro on LBJ. Marcus Luttrell on war. Douglas Brinkley on Walter Cronkite. James Donovan on the Alamo. Steve Coll on ExxonMobil. Ben Fountain on a surreal Dallas Cowboys halftime show. Dan Rather and Sissy Spacek on themselves. For some reason, May has turned out to be a month like no other for Texas-related books. Here’s our handy guide.

Exxposé

Jan 21, 2013 By Bryan Burrough

What lies beneath the hood of ExxonMobil, the world’s largest oil company?

The One-Question 
Interview With 
Steve Coll

Jan 21, 2013 By Mimi Swartz

The author of Private Empire: ExxonMobile and American Power answers the question: In terms of difficulty, how would you compare reporting on Exxon with the reporting you did for your previous book, The Bin Ladens?

Ben Fountain Undoes Dallas

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

The acclaimed 
author is publishing his first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. And some of his neighbors may not be happy.

The Ron Paul Effect

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

In the forthcoming Ron Paul’s rEVOLution, journalist Brian Doherty takes an up-close look at the libertarian Texas congressman.

Like a Writer

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

Bizarre similes pour forth from debut novelist Jonathan Woods’s fingers like wine from a bottomless bottle that is also missing its cork.

Irregular Joe

Jan 21, 2013 By Anne Dingus

His stories are grotesque, disturbing, and award-winning: Meet Nacogdoches’ Joe R. Lansdale, the most twisted writer in Texas.

Katherine the Great

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Indian Creek native Katherine Anne Porter is the finest author ever to come out of Texas. But only recently has her home state stopped writing her off.

Pretty Ugly

Jan 20, 2013 By Jim Lewis

Why a lavish two-volume attack on the border fence, with photos by Maurice Sherif, misses the mark.

Writers Bloc

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

What did Graham Greene observe about crossing the border into Mexico in 1938? Would you believe Molly Ivins was born in California? Here are my picks for the fifty greatest literary moments in Texas, plus a roster of leading lights who are from here—and some who aren't.

Pen Pals

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Dobie, Bedichek, and Webb were the leading Texas writers and intellectuals of their age. But as ribald raconteurs, they were ahead of their time.

Horse Sense

Jan 20, 2013 By Carol Chapman

Redford, shmedford: If you think the aging Hollywood hunk is anything like the prototypical horse whisperer, you haven’t met Del Rio native Ernesto Rojas Serna.

Desperately Seeking Cormac

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Hall

Cormac McCarthy’s birth date and birthplace are just two of the facts about him that have eluded his rabid fans—until now. A dossier on the most fiercely private writer in Texas.

True West

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

Twenty-five years ago, Larry McMurtry published a novel called Lonesome Dove—and Texas hasn’t looked the same since. Listen in as more than thirty writers, critics, producers, and actors, from Peter Bogdonavich and Dave Hickey to Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Duvall, and Anjelica Huston, tell the stories behind the book (and the miniseries) that changed the way we see the West.

Join Texas Monthly at the Texas Book Festival

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

TEXAS MONTHLY is proud to be a sponsor of the Texas Book Festival, which is held in Austin on October 16 and 17. For a complete listing of events, check out the official schedule. To see which sessions TEXAS MONTHLY editors and writers are participating in, see the schedule…

Rick Riordan

Jan 20, 2013 By Evan Smith

“You have to have action, you have to have humor, and you have to have emotional situations. And you have no time to waste. You have to get it all in there economically.”