Rich Mahogany: Zines & Bookstores in Austin

If you don’t know where to look, here is a list of the finest bookstores in Austin to find old favorites, rare editions, comics and more. It’s followed by a list of local zines that we think are pretty cool.


Library Foundation Celebrates Banned Books

It’s hard to imagine, but books that are now required reading for many high school students were once banned and burned. “The Anarchist Cookbook” is on the list, but so is “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Hamlet” and “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

Elizabeth Bear and Amanda Downum Test the Waters of Indie Publishing

While multiple Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winning science fiction and fantasy author Elizabeth Bear isn’t exactly an indie author, she did spend the last five years collaborating on an indie web serial called Shadow Unit. The serial has just been collected into a print book.

Jason Fischer & Sabrina Kindell- The Two Truths About Love

Come join Austin therapists Jason B. Fischer, MA, LPC and Sabrina Kindell, LPC-S, LMFT-S as they celebrate the long-awaited release of their new book: The Two Truths About Love The Art & Wisdom of Extraordinary Relationships.

UT Prof's New Book Aims to Take the Mystery Out of Leadership

To many, “leadership” is like the old test for obscenity – you might not be able to describe it, but you’ll know it when you see it. A University of Texas professor is aiming to take the mystery out of what makes a good leader with a new book being published this month.

Opt for Books from Local, Alternative Shops

Books can make the best gifts for any occasion. They can be as personal as a rare, first edition favorite or as impersonal as a selection from the New York Times Bestseller List. As with all presents, the more personal you get, the more appreciated the book.

Backlists, Brawls and Bildungsroman: Notes from the 2012 Texas Book Festival

Books, they say, are dead. Publishing, that once sacrosanct institution, is now no more than a burning Gomorrah. And literature, text the tween throngs, “iz ovr fuckn omg g2gpc… r u there…suuuup?” and so on.

Ryan Adams Author on the New World of Pushing Your Book

In an ideal universe, every book would find an audience on its own. You the author would sit alone in your cork-lined room painting pictures with words, and then your publisher would handle all the publicity and marketing details to draw the eager attention of the reading public.

Through Chains and Change, BookPeople Remains an Iconic Austin Institution

At one point in the 1990s, there were seven Barnes & Noble bookstores, three Borders and one BookPeople in Austin. Today, there are half as many Barnes & Nobles, Borders is out of business, and BookPeople still stands.

Connecting Books With New Homes, Recycled Reads Saves 300 Tons From Landfill

The strip mall at 5335 Burnet in North Austin features a junk thrift store, a nail salon - and a bookstore that saves about 12 tons of books and paper from the Austin landfill each month.

Top 9 Austin Meetups for Book Lovers (Boys Allowed)

There are nearly 1,600 Meetups in Austin, with more being added every day. If you’re new to the city - and statistically, you probably are - then that’s both overwhelming and awesome.

Slideshow: New Central Austin Library Design

These are renderings of the design for the new Austin Central Library, a six-story, 170,000-square-foot building that will be built adjacent to the Seaholm redevelopment. The library will be situated just down the street from City Hall, at the end of the Shoal Creek Trail, facing Town Lake.  Architects and library officials are calling it a “Library for the Future.”

Austin Public Library Prizes Tech Despite Limited Budget

Today you’re as likely to see someone reading a book on their iPad or Kindle as you are to see them sitting down holding an actual book. As it changes everything else, technology is also changing reading habits, but that’s not a bad thing according to Austin library officials.

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