Five Things: Ghostwriters

It’s time for another of Five Things and we’ve got five lovely readers writing on spec to beef up their resumes. Come watch our contributors (Tiff Holland, Sayward Schoonmaker, Ralph Hardesty, Leah Kaminsky, and Susan Quesal) as they channel five ill-to-semi-literate public figures for a night of finally sharing a byline. All for just $2 at the door.

Join us for the fun at the 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House. The bar will be open and serving at 7:30, and the show will start promptly at 8:00.

Five Things: Cocktails & Dreams!

Better flip for DD now! We are partnering with the Texas Book Festival Lit Crawl for a brand new, VERY SPECIAL Cocktails & Dreams episode of Five Things!

We’ve been liquoring up our book festival readers (Dominic Smith, Erin Morgenstern, Hillary Jordan, Mat Johnson, and Kathleen Flinn) who will be reading libation-inspired pieces beginning at 8 PM at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 1104 E. 6th Street.

ALSO, our best friend, The Encyclopedia Show, will be on after us at 9 PM, so you should plan to stick around and buy another appletini. You deserve it.

And did we mention the show is FREE?

TONIGHT: Going-Away Party for Amelia Gray

Sweet friend and Mama Bear of Austin lit, Amelia Gray, is packing up the cats and hauling ass out west to Los Angeles. We’re almost as excited for what awaits her in California as we are sad to see her go.

Come say goodbye to Amelia and check out the wonderful writing center run by our good friends and gracious hosts at Write By Night, 1305 E. Sixth Street Suite 4.

The party starts at 8:00 p.m. and Amelia will read for us at 9:00.

Kids are welcome

Five Things is Wednesday!

Raise three fingers of mid-shelf bourbon to the weird kid from your 10th grade Spanish class as Five Things takes you back to school!

We’ve got enough sentimental prose to fill the front AND back pages of your yearbook (courtesy of Barbara Galletly, Brian Allen Carr, Sarah Wambold, Trevor Boehm, and Timothy Willis Sanders), and drink specials you won’t even have to hide from the chaperone. All for less than a prom ticket–just $2 at the door.

Wednesday, September 21st

7:30 p.m.

29th Street Ballroom at Spider House, 2906 Fruth St.

September 8: Encyclopedia Show’s Season 3 Premiere!

Exciting plans are under way for our season opener on September 21st! In the meantime, our sweet friends over at the Encyclopedia Show are kicking off their third season tomorrow night, featuring the Periodic Table of Elements and Five Things’ own Brittany Callender!

Encyclopedia Show Austin Season 3 Premiere: The Periodic Table of Elements!

Thursday, September 8 · 7:30pm - 10:00pm

501 Studios

501 I-35

Austin, TX

Five Things: May 25!

Celebrate the end of the semester and the start of the summer months with the last show of the Five Things season!

Join our five readers (Brittany Callender, Rachel Glaser, Audra Schroeder, Colin Winette, Steve Moulds) as they share fiction, non-fiction and poetry related to some of your favorite songs. That’s right: we’ve been through your iTunes playlist, we know how you feel about Boyz II Men.

Our bartender is lining up the Tecate tallboys, our interns are hard at work on a musical tribute to Cantera Real Estate, and that’s just the start of the surprises in store at 7:30pm on May 25 at the Spiderhouse Ballroom (formerly US Art Authority). This music-inspired journey promises to be our most on-key, off-kilter show yet.

Did we mention it’s FREE?! Thanks to our sponsors at Cantera Real Estate.

Wednesday, May 25 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Spiderhouse Ballroom (formerly US Art Authority)

2906 Fruth Street

This week in Austin lit

Hi everybody, I’m full of good news. For starters, we’re gearing up for a new Five Things in May that’s going to be great. Also, this week is chock-full of upcoming events that promise to be free, fun and cool as heck:

THURSDAY (indie lit darlings)

Join us Thursday, April 14th at 7pm at the awesome DOMY BOOKS for the Austin book launch and reading of Kings of the F**king Sea, poems by Dan Boehl, images by Jonathan Marshall. The event will mark the release of Boehl’s first full-length collection of poems and features Lindsay Hunter, reading from her collection, Daddy’s. Dan’s book is hotly anticipated, and Lindsay is a boss straight up. Come check them out.  (info)

FRIDAY (2 great events)

Celebrate the release of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall. Join the Ransom Center for readings from the novel, followed by a reception and book sale. Wallace’s archive resides at the Ransom Center. Readers include Kevin Brockmeier, Doug Dorst, Amelia Gray, and Jake Silverstein. (info)

Texas State sponsors GEORGE SAUNDERS reading at the Katherine Anne Porter House on 508 Center Street in Kyle, TX 78640 at 7:30pm. George Saunders is the author of three short story collections: the bestselling Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and In Persuasion Nation, one of three finalists for the 2006 STORY Prize for best short story collection of the year. (info)

SATURDAY (afternoon at the library)

The New Fiction Confab and American Short Fiction are teaming up to present a reading and conversation with Kevin Brockmeier and Amelia Gray (HEY), moderated by ASF Editor Jill Meyers. See you at the Twin Oaks Public Library at 12pm.  (info)


As always, check out our calendar page for an updated list of Austin lit goodness.  Hope to see you out and about!

April 14: Kings of the F**king Sea/Daddy’s Reading

Featuring Dan Boehl and Lindsay Hunter

Please join us Thursday, April 14th at 7pm at Domy Books in Austin to celebrate the release of Kings of the F**king Sea, Dan Boehl’s first full length collection of poetry (with images by Jonathan Marshall). Lindsay Hunter will be joining Dan to read from her collection, Daddy’s.

Kings of the F**king Sea unfolds to reveal a world that exists on the edge of society but is subservient to it, a world of artists, poets, merchants, sailors, and soldiers who break themselves against the sea and the vast unknowable opportunity it represents.

Lindsay Hunter offers an exploration not of the human heart but of the spine; mixing sex, violence and love into a harrowing, head-spinning read that’ll push you a little further toward flopping. This is a collection of toxic southern gothics, packaged as a bait box of temptation.

Dan Boehl is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry publisher. Kings of the F**king Sea is available at His chapbook Les Miseres et les Mal-Heurs de la Guerre is available from Greying Ghost. He writes art reviews in Austin and works for The University of Texas.

Lindsay Hunter is a writer living in Chicago, where she co-hosts the flash fiction reading series, Quickies! Her stories have been published widely online and in print, and her first collection of stories, Daddy’s, is out now on featherproof books. Find her at

Tom Williams Rad Preorder Sale

Five Things friend Tom Williams is on the scene with a new novella, The Mimic’s Own Voice, and now’s your chance to own a copy for half-off. Some advance praise:

Douglas Myles–the protagonist in Tom Williams’s utterly brilliant The Mimic’s Own Voice– makes Rich Little look like a mute, and Kreskin a lucky guesser. The story of Myles is heart-clutching sad and hilarious, over and over. I haven’t read anything to match this great tale since the death of Donald Barthelme. In a voice both “scholarly” and tongue-in-cheek, Douglas Myles’s rise-and-fall story will stick with me forever.
–George Singleton

In The Mimic’s Own Voice, Tom Williams writes like Paul Auster might if he were funnier or like Stanley Elkin might have if he’d ever been able to stop laughing. Darkly charming.
–Steve Yarbrough

Unlike European writers, Americans seldom create novellas. Therefore, Tom Williams’s The Mimic’s Own Voice is a happy exception, one that makes an original, imaginative, stylish and entertaining contribution to this often neglected genre midway between the novel and short fiction.
–Charles Johnson

The preorder sale is 50% off and ends April 5. Support your small press!