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Books

Reviews, profiles, and interviews that capture the diverse voices adding to Texas’s rich literary tradition

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February 8, 2018

Elizabeth Crook’s Gripping New Western

It’s been almost thirty years since Larry McMurtry asked the barbed question, “Why are there still cows to be milked and chickens to be fed in every other Texas book that comes along?” Texas literature has since embraced other, more cosmopolitan concerns, and yet the western is still popular,

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March 22, 2017

Groundhog Deus

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.

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March 22, 2017

One Degree of Jim Magnuson

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.

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February 23, 2017

They Came From the Sky

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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January 25, 2017

Enemies, A Love Story

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

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December 21, 2016

Let the River Run

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.

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September 21, 2016

The Checklist

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

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September 15, 2016

True Western

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

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August 24, 2016

The Yes Man

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