The Texas Institute of Letters, which has been promoting the state’s best writers since 1936, just released its list of nominees for its annual awards.
The competition is limited to authors who have lived in the state for at least two years or have entries pertaining to Texas subjects. Not surprisingly. some of the best-known writers in the state — such as Stephen Harrigan, C.W. Smith and Naomi Shihab Nye — are among the nominees, which are listed after the jump (with links to our reviews when possible.)
The awards will be given in San Antonio on April 14.
Posted Feb 23, 2012
Fashion Week in Milan is a non-stop carousel of cocktails, parties, photo shoots, glamour and more parties. Amidst the melee there is one standout event. Bringing summer sunshine into the heart of Milan on the 26th February, is the ‘La Bella Estate’ party hosted by Dolce&Gabbana at Gold restaurant after their fashion show from 7-10pm.
The city is literally buzzing at this time of year and to top it off there is a real sense that spring is in the air. This is exactly the ambiance the designers will allow to bloom at their exclusive event. The
One of the great pleasures of working on my Master of Fine Arts in writing popular fiction is that I’m required to read books in a variety of genres. The requirement breaks me away from my go-to mysteries and thriller genres, and often leaves me happily surprised.
This semester, my MFA’s all-program read is Jim Butcher’s “Changes.” The book is the 12th in “The Dresden Files” series. The widely popular collection features an adult wizard, Harry Dresden, who has a unique sense of humor and a way with the ladies.
“Changes” begins with Harry receiving a telephone call from a former love interest, Susan Rodriguez. While the two were well-suited for each other, Susan’s cravings broke them apart — as a half-turned vampire, Harry looked too tasty to her.
It had been several years since the two were together, so the telephone call came as a shock to Harry. The even-bigger shock
The Chieftains, Voice of Ages (Concord/Hear). 4 stars.
Celebrating their 50th year together, The Chieftains_decided to invite a mostly new group of friends to fire up some Celtic magic.
Those collaborators include Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Low Anthem, The Civil Wars, Pistol Annies, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers as well as some Irish and Scottish players in Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan and Paolo Nutini.
In other words never accuse this cast of characters of getting old.
Despite the diverse cast, the set flows together well.
Founding member, uilleann pipes and tin whistle player Paddy Moloney, along with his long time mates Matt Molloy (flute) Kevin Conneff (bodhran) and Sean Kane (fiddle) are even re-united here with original members Michael Tubridy and Sean Potts on the appropriately-titled more than 11 minute track, The Chieftains Reunion.
Voice of Ages is a colorful mix between traditional Celtic fare and more contemporary work, like the rousing Pretty Little Girl (Carolina Chocolate Drops).