Nick Swartsell

Nick Swartsell is a freelance writer and graduate student at the University of Texas.

Fort in the Road

by | Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm CST
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All in the Lansdale Family

Joe Lansdale is kinda like genre fiction's Ted Williams–he's been remarkably consistent over his long career and he's way out in left field. His daughter Kasey, a country music singer-songwriter and editor, is just as creative. Read More

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Jeffrey Kerr on Austin’s Tumultous Beginnings at BookPeople

It seems like just about everyone loves Austin these days, with noobie residents arriving by the thousands each year and national media crowning it (and crowning it, and crowning it again) among the hippest and most livable cities in the … Read More

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UT Press Launches a Texas-Size Book Series

Last week, University of Texas Press announced its Texas Bookshelf initiative, a five-year, 16 book effort by some of the state's most esteemed writers to tell the Texas story. The centerpiece of the project will be a comprehensive, full-length history of the state written by Stephen Harrigan, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and faculty member at UT's Mitchner Center for Writers. Read More

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The Mountain Goats Revisit West Texas

A little more than a decade ago, a wandering singer-songwriter named John Darnielle released an album under the name of his sometimes-band/sometimes-solo project, The Mountain Goats. The songs are simple compositions, featuring mostly just Darnielle’s slightly nasal voice and acoustic … Read More