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Texas Book Festival 2014

This year’s Texas Book Festival will host the largest lineup in the festival’s storied 19 year history.

Ezra Greenspan Rescues William Wells Brown from Obscurity in New Biography

Except in households steeped in African-American history, William Wells Brown is not a household name. Ezra Greenspan hopes to change that with a new biography.

Texas Book Festival 2014: The Observer Picks

There must be a million ways to approach the 2014 Texas Book Festival. Here are the authors and events that struck our fancy.

Jeff Danziger’s The Conscience of a Cartoonist Dissects Post-9/11 America

Jeff Danziger’s The Conscience of a Cartoonist is politically spot-on and beautifully rendered, offering a fascinating peek behind the drawing board.

Strict Texas Law Makes Ebola Lawsuits Unlikely

Tort reform statutes and court rulings protect Texas hospitals from medical malpractice suits, even in situations like the Dallas Ebola cases.

Houston Investors Hope the Legal Marijuana Industry Will Make Them High Rollers

Houston-based investors took to the Marijuana investment Conference hoping to see high returns from the legal Marijuana industry.

The Observer Review: Bret Anthony Johnston’s Remember Me Like This

Remember Me Like This is a stereotypical young literary author’s debut novel. It comes heavily hyped and praised, features beautiful prose and almost no plot, flirts with the trappings of a genre novel but dares not dirty its hands with the actual workings of one, and generally disappoints.

The Curious Case of the Ebola Troll

With all the Ebola fear-mongering in the media, how can we justify locking up a kid who used a computer to create a mirror that reflects our terrified faces back at us?

Independent Publishers Make their Presence Felt at the 2014 Texas Book Festival

When the estimated mob of 40,000 descends on the Texas statehouse this weekend for the Texas Book Festival, five of the state’s independent publishers hope at least a few members of the crowd will be there to hear their authors speak. After all, how often does an independent press in Texas get a chance to reach 40,000 potential readers?

Blood Aces Shows Texas Gangster Benny Binion Knew How to Hold ‘Em

As Doug J. Swanson’s exhaustively researched and artfully written account demonstrates beyond all doubt, they don’t make ’em like Benny Binion anymore.