J.M. Coetzee is messing with my mind! In his newest installment of what some people are calling his memoirs, Johnny dealt us another heavy blow of tongue-in-cheek mind tricks. Is this all one big practical joke? What am I supposed to do when the world’s most critically acclaimed author is making fun of me like … Continue reading Staff Review: J.M. Coetzee’s SUMMERTIME
This post was written by Scott Montgomery, a BookPeople employee and host of the Hard Word Book Club. Hard Word focuses on crime and mystery novels. Their next meeting is on Wednesday, January 27th at 7PM. I wanted our Hard Word Book Club to kick off the year in a spirit of fun, since I … Continue reading Hard Word Book Club takes on a Hard Case
Brian Hart, local author and graduate of UT's Michener Center will be at BookPeople this Thursday night (1/21) at 7 PM to read from his debut novel Then Came the Evening . Hart spent time working as a carpenter, welder, drywall hanger, dishwasher, commercial fisherman, line cook, and janitor until he won the 2005 Keane Prize for Literature.
Ted Gioia is an author and musician, responsible for several scholarly, yet avidly readable chronicles on the history of blues, jazz and work songs. His most famous book, The History of Jazz, is an epic sprawling survey of this century's most dynamic genre. His new work, The Birth (and Death) of the Cool, is a cultural study of the social attitudes of the 20th century, how 'cool' became the prevailing style, and how advertisers use it to their advantage.
This great article by Larry Rohter popped up in the New York Times (click here). The article is about Open Letter Books, one of the best small publishers in the country.