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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brush Up on Your Shakespeare

Summer is coming to an end, and it’s time to prepare for the coming school year. Time to put down that breezy beach read and pick up a Shakespearean classic. Brush up on the Bard’s classic works of literature by reading Douglas Bruster’s “To Be or Not to Be: Shakespeare Now!” (Continuum, 2007).

In his book, Bruster, professor of English, offers a series of intellectual stories examining Shakespeare’s individual words, idioms and phrases. With a particular focus on the complexities of Hamlet’s “To…

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Alumna celebrates belated Quinceañera with debut novel

Belinda Acosta, alumna of The University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers and longtime columnist for the Austin Chronicle, debuts as a published novelist this month with the release of “Damas, Dramas and Ana Ruiz,” the first of two books she has written for Grand Central Publishing’s “A Quinceañera Club,” a new series which will explore Mexican American life and culture.

What is a quinceañera?  In the Hispanic culture, it’s a girl’s 15th birthday party, a coming-of-age celebration much like a sweet sixteen, but with…

Monday, August 10, 2009

Oscar Casares’ “AMIGOLAND” releases August 10

Even before its official release on August 10th, Oscar Casares’ novel, “Amigoland,” is following in the footsteps of his acclaimed 2003 debut, “Brownsville.” Both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly gave the novel starred reviews, and USA Today and Time Out New York included it on their recommended summer reading lists even before it was in print. Harper’s and The Wall Street Journal, among others, have upcoming reviews and Texas Monthly has excerpted the novel in its August issue.  A state-wide tour is scheduled in bookstores, on campuses, and at literary festivals throughout the…