BookPeople & American Short Fiction

Yesterday the Chronicle highlighted some of the wonderful ways our buddies at American Short Fiction are keeping themselves busy in the new year. One of the items on their to-do list is a brand new partnership with yours truly. Indeed, it’s true! We’ve partnered with American Short Fiction! And we’re rather jazzed about it.

Beginning this month, BookPeople and ASF will co-sponsor select author events. This means we’ll be working together to get the good word out about some of the literary authors swinging through BookPeople on book tour, and then hosting those evenings side by side, sharing the mic to introduce the author, facilitate the Q&A, thank y’all for coming and to perform heartfelt renditions of such classics as Everyday I Write the Book and Turn the Page. (Maybe not that last part. We’ll see how the crowd feels.)

The partnership makes sense to us for a lot of reasons: 1) We love ASF and believe in its commitment to publishing the best, freshest, most innovative short fiction out there today; 2) ASF and BookPeople are both in love with the same sweet mistress – the written word; 3) It’s high time literary forces in Austin teamed up to form a Literary Austin Transformer machine that can take over the world.

Here’s what BookPeople and American Short Fiction have on deck for you so far in 2012. We hope you can join us for any or all of these readings. Good times will be had!


Ben Marcus – The Flame Alphabet
Tuesday, January 24, 7p

This novel is the most highly anticipated literary event of early 2012. It topped The Millions list of books to look forward to in 2012. See the short film in a previous post today to get a sense of what it’s all about. What is it? Something that could only come from Ben Marcus’ brain.


ZZ Packer & Jacqueline Luckett
Saturday, February 4th, 7p

According to Granta, ZZ Packer is one of America’s Best Young Novelists. According to The New Yorker, she’s also one of the acclaimed “20 Under 40” writers of note. According to Packer, “(Jacqueline) Luckett is a writer to watch and admire.” Packer, who is an Austinite these days, will will lead a conversation with Luckett about Luckett’s new novel, Passing Love. Both writers will be available to sign books after the talk.


T. C. Boyle – When the Killing’s Done
Monday, March 19, 7p

T. C. Boyle is a powerhouse author. He’s written eleven novels, more short stories than I can count, and has covered topics as varied as hippies in Alaska, Frank Lloyd Wright, and illegal immigrants. His latest novel pits a biologist against an animal-loving businessman in a tale that explores the force we try to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world. We’ll be hosting him while he’s on tour for the paperback.

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