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Full Show: American Red Cross Response To Harvey, And Writer Rodrigo Hasbún (Sept. 8, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn more about American Red Cross relief efforts in Greater Houston. Our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And writer Rodrigo Hasbún talks about his novel Affections.

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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

Posted on · (Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

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Inside Writefest with Houston Author Cassandra Rose Clark

Posted on · (Above: Houston writer Cassandra Rose Clarke. Image Courtesy: cassandraroseclarke.com) This week (March 6-12, 2017), Writespace hosts its second annual Writefest, a literary journal festival targeted at emerging writers. Cassandra Rose Clark, a Houston-area novelist known for her young adult and science-fiction works, is one of the Writefest coordinators, and she was recently featured on Dacia […]

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Writer Chanelle Benz on Her Collection ‘The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead’

Posted on · Chanelle Benz is a Houston resident and author of a collection of short stories called The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead. The stories span genres, time periods and voices. For instance, there’s a couple of westerns. There’s a story set in the 16th century and a spy drama, to name a few. […]

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Overtime Rules and Guns in Courthouses: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition we discuss the […]

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African American-Owned Banks, and The Good, Bad and the Ugly: Friday’s Show (November 18, 2016)

Posted on · Black-owned banks have been in the news this year. It started when a rapper who goes by the name “Killer Mike” called on people to open accounts at a bank in Atlanta after police shootings of African-American men. There is only one black-owned bank in Texas, and it’s Unity National Bank in Houston’s Third Ward. CEO […]

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Private Eye Moonlights as Writer & Quilter

Posted on · LinMarie Garsee works as a private investigator — who just happens to write books and make quilts in her spare time. We learn how she combines those three pursuits. This segment was produced by Abner Fletcher. (Above: Private investigator, writer and quilter LinMarie Garsee poses in front of one of her quilts. Image Courtesy Facebook)

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Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse

Posted on · A few months ago (June 1, 2016), we brought you an interview with Joy Jones, who’s written an historical fiction novel called The Last Madam, about Edna Milton, the last operator of the infamous Chicken Ranch brothel near La Grange, Texas — about a 100 miles west of Houston. And while much of that novel […]

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Here I Am: Author Jonathan Safran Foer Discusses Latest Novel

Posted on · Author Jonathan Safran Foer is perhaps best known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which became a best seller and was made into an Oscar-nominated film. He also wrote Everything Is Illuminated. As a writer, his work’s been compared to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and his latest book, titled Here I Am, explores […]

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Houston Writer Charts Her Own Path Outside the World of Academia

Posted on · Houston’s Miah Arnold is a different kind of writer. Many folks of the literary mindset opt for a career in academia to earn a living while honing their craft. But Arnold’s path took a different turn. She’s created her own writing studio, called Grackle & Grackle, to help others find their literary voice. In a recent […]

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A Conversation with Houston Native, Novelist and Screenwriter Attica Locke

Posted on · Houston native Attica Locke has written three crime novels and 50 screenplays. But her biggest claim to fame so far has come as a writer for the Fox television series Empire. We talk with Locke about the series and about efforts to engage viewers on important subject matter in the context of a primetime soap […]

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Houston Director Uses Childhood Library As Short Film Inspiration

Posted on · Jason LaMotte is an award-winning writer and director from Houston, having collected Silver Screen Awards for his writing, and Best Film and Best Director awards for his short films, the latest of which, The Terms, has featured at over 30 festivals worldwide, including the prestigious Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festivals. He began as a […]

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Private Eye Moonlights as Writer & Quilter

Posted on · LinMarie Garsee works as a private investigator — who just happens to write books and make quilts in her spare time. We learn how she combines those three pursuits. This segment was produced by Abner Fletcher. (Above: Private investigator, writer and quilter LinMarie Garsee poses in front of one of her quilts. Image Courtesy Facebook)