Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson seemed to truly understand each other. Depp starred as Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the movie based on Thompson's 1971 book of the same name. Depp is back in The Rum Diary, based on a novel by Thompson about a freelance journalist in Puerto Rico … Continue reading The Rum Diary
Wow! We received so many excellent entries in our first ever T-shirt design contest! We had a great time going through them all, but a VERY difficult time choosing the winning entry. But a big congratulations goes out to... (drumroll)... Kristine F.! Look at that happy book! We'll be printing Kristine's winning design, and they'll … Continue reading T-shirt Contest Winner!
At least, where is he in Austin? For the past few weeks we've been asking for photos of Origami Yoda in various great locations around town. Today was suppossed to be the deadline, but the event isn't for another full two weeks, so we've decided to extend it by another week. You now have until … Continue reading Where in the World Is Origami Yoda?
Our Origami Yoda contest entries have started to trickle in, but I wanted to remind everyone that if you wish to enter, the deadline is next Wed. That's right. You basically have one week left to take your very awesome Origami Yoda (or the one you printed out from us) around town to some of … Continue reading Yoda May Be All Over Austin, But Darth Paper is Conquering the World
OFFICIAL BOOKPEOPLE ANNOUNCEMENT: THE ORIGAMI YODA PHOTO CONTEST BEGINS TODAY!!!!! One of our favorite authors, Tom Angleberger, is coming to BookPeople on Wednesday, August 24 at 7pm, to speak about and sign his new book, Darth Paper Strikes Back, and we want to give him a real Austin welcome. And who better to do that … Continue reading Keep Austin Weird You Will
Last week people sent in pictures of their dogs in costume in honor of the Wiener Wolf release party on Saturday. Now it's time to vote on your favorite dog. The winner will be announced Saturday at the event, and the lucky pet owner will get his very own, original drawing from the author/illustrator of … Continue reading Vote for Your Favorite Dog
In only 13 days BookPeople, the Central Texas Dachshund Rescue, and Frank (the local Austin restaurant specializing in hotdogs) will all be coming together to celebrate the release of Jeff Crosby's new book, Wiener Wolf. This fun, wonderful picture book tells the tale of a little wiener dog (oh, all right, a dachshund) who wishes … Continue reading Primp Your Pooch for Our Wiener Wolf Contest
Valentine's Day is on Monday, and we're in the mood for a good story. Any bookstore-related tales of love out there? Wandering amongst the stacks, you and a certain someone reach for the same book at the same time, bumping hands and then making eye contact... you stare deeply into each other's soul. Now you're married and have a bajillion kids...something like that.
Good news for Ben Folds fans...or Nick Hornby fans...or just fans of cross-media collaborations: Alt piano-rocker/song-writer Ben Folds recently collaborated with veteran British novelist Nick Hornby on an album, Lonely Avenue, where Hornby wrote all the lyrics and Folds supplied the music. Wait...writers and musicians...together? How can that be? Luckily, here's a video that explains the whole thing:
Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, who you may know from his previous book Love is a Mix Tape, has new memoir out called Talking To Girls About Duran Duran. It's all about growing up in the 80's: the music, the fashion, and liking the bands that girls like in order to get the girls to like you.