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LIT CRAWL AUSTIN: Failure (Austin)

fields and Deep Vellum Present: F A I L U R E

Authors talk about experiences where they did not succeed, ideas that did not pan out, and strategies for overcoming writer’s block, rejection, and other difficulties.

Lit Crawl at Fast Folks at the 2017 Texas Book Festival.

Lit Crawl® Austin is a project of the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation. “Lit Crawl®” is the registered service mark of the Litquake Foundation.

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Ófeigur Sigurðsson w/ Taisia Kitaiskaia at BookPeople (Austin, TX)

Ófeigur Sigurðsson, author of Öræfi: The Wasteland, will be at BookPeople on October 19, in conversation with Taisia Kitaiskaia!

Sponsored by the Icelandic Literature Center with support from Iceland Naturally


Ófeigur Sigurðsson was born in Reykjavík in 1975. He is a graduate of the University of Iceland with a degree in philosophy. He made his poetry debut in 2001 with Skál fyrir skammdeginu (Cheers to the Winter Darkness), and published his first novel, Áferð (Texture), in 2005. Since then, he has published six books of poetry and three novels, in addition to his work as an accomplished translator. Sigurðsson was awarded the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011 for his novel, Jon, making him the first Icelander to receive the prize. His novel Öræfi: The Wasteland was published in Iceland in 2014 to great critical and commercial acclaim, and received the Book Merchant’s Prize in 2014 and the Icelandic Literature Prize in 2015. He currently resides in Antwerp, Belgium.

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a Russian-American poet and writer. She is the author of two books: LITERARY WITCHES: A CELEBRATION OF MAGICAL WOMEN WRITERS (Hachette/Seal, 2017), an NPR Best Book of 2017, and ASK BABA YAGA: OTHERWORLDLY ADVICE FOR EVERYDAY TROUBLES (Andrews McMeel, 2017). She has received fellowships from Yaddo and the James A. Michener Center for Writers (MFA in Poetry, 2015), and her poetry has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, most recently by the Beloit Poetry Journal. Her poems can be found in journals such as Gulf Coast, Fence, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Pleiades, and Guernica, and her prose has appeared on Electric Literature, The Hairpin, Jezebel, and Bitch Media.


“Sigurðsson is without a doubt one of the best writers of his generation.” — Frettabladid Daily

After a grueling solo expedition on the Vatnajökull Glacier, Austrian toponymist Bernhardt Fingerberg returns to civilization, barely alive, and into the care of Dr. Lassi. The doctor, suspicious of his story, attempts to discover his real motives for venturing into the treacherous wastelands of Iceland — but the secrets she unravels may be more dangerous than they’re worth.


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“Twenty Girls to Envy Me” Book Launch with Marcela Sulak & Marian Schwartz (Austin, Texas)

Malvern Books will celebrate the launch of Israeli writer Orit Gidali’s book, Twenty Girls to Envy Me, a collection of Hebrew-English poetry, and will feature translator Marian Schwartz, who will read from Calligraphy Lesson: The Collected Stories, a Russian work she translated in partnership with Leo Shtutin, Sylvia Maizell, and Mariya Bashkatova. The book was written by Mikhail Shishkin and published by Deep Vellum!


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Serhiy Zhadan at UT-Austin (Austin, TX)

Wed, April 20, 2016 | BUR 214, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Serhiy Zhadan

Book and Poetry Reading

Serhiy Zhadan
Ukrainian poet, novelist, essayist and translator

Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 PM
Burdine Hall, 214
Free and open to the public

Serhiy Zhadan will be reading excerpts from Voroshilovgrad, which is available this April in English, and a selection of poems. BBC Ukraine named Voroshilovgrad BBC Book of the Year in 2010 and BBC Book of the Decade in 2014.

Mr. Zhadan is a pro-Ukrainian activist and public intellectual who has become a voice of Ukraine’s “Euro-Maidan” movement. He has been vocal about finding solutions that make Ukraine a safe space for Russian and Ukrainian speakers.

Sponsored by: CREEES, Center for European Studies

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Autumn in Dallas is a Many Sun-Splashed Thing

BACK from Carmen Boullosa’s incredible book tour across the state of Texas. Five days. Six readings. Four cities. Hundreds and hundreds of readers reached. Copies of TEXAS for sale across the state now ahead of the December publication date. The tour was unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who came to a reading, who put on the […]

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