In 1975 the estate of J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) established an endowment that would allow the University of Texas Press to keep his books in print for decades to come. Forty years later, the arrangement is still in place, and the press annually sells thousands of copies of
What to watch, read, listen to, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
X Games medalist Colten Moore isn’t giving up on the sport that killed his brother.
Three academics plumb the rags-to-rags stories that have long been excluded from our state mythology.
Oh, what a time to be alive.
The bestselling author of 'The Rap Yearbook' is sharing his success with fast food workers and thrift store customers.
A look at what to read, hear, and watch this month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
Answers to all of Texas's most pressing questions can be found in the brand-new edition of the Texas Almanac.
James Lee Burke may split his time between Louisiana and Montana, but he's never really left Texas.
In search of the mysterious, absurdist, and lyrical East Texas writer William Goyen.
A look at what to hear, read, watch, and see this month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
Behind the lens with photographer Laura Wilson.
A look at what to read, watch, and listen to this (wonderfully jam-packed) month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
A few lessons from retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson.
Move over, J. Frank Dobie and Larry McMurtry. Texas has entered a new golden age of literature—and these are a few of its standout voices.
Brené Brown explains why being vulnerable is the toughest and worthiest thing you can do.
What to hear, read, watch, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
As five new books make clear, our thirty-sixth president refuses to be consigned to the dustbin of history.
What to read, hear, watch, and look at to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
The two books aim to educate young readers on gender, sexuality, and LGBT history.
What to read, hear, and watch this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.
The author of Black Water Rising talks about Houston neighborhoods, writing for a hot TV show, and her dad’s run for mayor.
When Willie met Scarface.
If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve
That’s very nice of you, George. Now where is Book Six???
The secret history of cotton, the crop that transformed the global economy—and kept Texans in poverty for generations.
Her famously colorful home is now somebody else’s.
Ian McEwan signed books this fall at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, where he was presented the glasses and envelope containing a 1953 issue of The Harvard Lampoon, at his right. (Photo credit Daulton Venglar)MANCHACA, Tex.
We asked writers around the state a series of bookish questions. Here are a few of their answers.
What are the best Texas books ever written? Here’s my list—now let the sparks fly.
My list of the best Texas books ever written.
Larry McMurtry, Bill Wittliff, and Jeff Guinn turn to familiar turf—the Old West—to challenge old-school readers.
An exclusive excerpt from Domingo Martinez’s new memoir, “My Heart Is a Drunken Compass,” in which a drink is always close at hand and the battle against the bottle is never fully won.
Two takes on our conservative ways.
With its tight prose, waitress heroine, and stinging insight into urban life, Merritt Tierce’s debut marks an exciting turn in Texas literature.
When the National Book Critics Circle gave the Austin writer Rolando Hinojosa its lifetime achievement award, it was simply taking note of what many of us had known for years.
Journalist Chris Tomlinson delves into the parallel histories of two Texas families with the same last name—one black, one white.
Energy reporter Russell Gold gives us a reason to give a frak about fracking.
The former Waco basketball star now adds "author" to her list of impressive accomplishments.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should rank alongside the smartphone as this young century’s most transformative technology. Over the past decade, so much oil and gas has been unlocked from previously impervious rock that America’s generation-long energy crisis has all but ended. Instead of a crippling strategic vulnerability—dependence on foreign
The rookie-sensation Senator who's totally not thinking about running for President just signed a deal to write his first book.
Former state demographer Steve H. Murdock is back, with a book that should be required reading for all 26,060,796 of us.
BiblioTech, one of the country's first all-digital public libraries, aims to reach more readers by hosting their entire collection on the cloud. Patrons may choose from 18,000 digital titles and can check out Kindles, too.
Novelist Leila Meacham hopes for another best-seller with the forthcoming Somerset, a prequel to her megahit debut novel, Roses.
Bum Steers is an attitude! Bum Steers is a lifestyle! And, best of all, now Bum Steers is a chance to shop!
It's supposed to be a bad time for print. Yet new literary journals and small presses keep cropping up in the state's capital.
Our guide to some idiosyncratic books with local connections for every personality on your gift list.
And a list of all of the Texas-related books and Texas-born authors featured at the festival.
Curious about the reading habits of Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff? Read on.
The good, the bad, and the most self-indulgent of this year’s JFK assassination books.