Former Navy medic Brandon Caro's new novel provides a look into what it’s like to be a non-combatant in a conflict in which there’s no such thing.
Caro is far from self-indulgent here; the disorientation he engenders in the reader is carefully orchestrated, and he rises to a challenge O’Brien lays out in The Things They Carried: “It comes down to gut instinct. A true war story, if truly told, makes the stomach believe.” Read More
Raised to be a wife, Debra Monroe remembers her fits-and-starts journey from Wisconsin to San Marcos, a world away from her family's expectations.
Debra Monroe claims not to be a trailblazer, but I’m willing to bet this paycheck that no one else has beaten a path from Spooner, Wisconsin to San Marcos via Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Manhattan, Kansas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and … Read More
The Texas Observer is holding a short story contest seeking original stories from writers both near and far. Submit your story today for the chance to be in our annual October Books Issue and subsequent publication online. Read More
A new publisher in Dallas, of all places, is on a mission to bring international fiction to an American audience. Mexican writer Carmen Boullosa's border novel "Texas: The Great Theft" is the first book published by Deep Vellum. Read More
Though an East Coaster for most of his life, and a denizen of New York City's publishing industry for dozens of years, Malcolm Cowley’s impact on the lives and careers of Texas writers Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, Katherine Anne Porter and William Goyen make The Long Voyage important reading for lovers of Texas literature. Read More
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? Read More
A Tightly Raveled Mind is suitable for fans of mystery novels and psychological thrillers, as well as any reader who enjoys potshots aimed at uppity Texans. Read More
Being so far removed from publishing’s power centers gives Cinco Puntos Press the freedom to pursue projects that would likely be judged too regional. Read More
2013 Texas Observer Short Story Contest now open for entries
When Larry McMurtry agreed in 2011 to guest-judge The Texas Observer’s first short story contest, we at the magazine were thrilled: what better name to attach to a Texas-based writing competition than the man who authored Lonesome Dove, The Last … Read More