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March 2014 Third Thursday Panel

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603 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

3/20/2014 From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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"Cross-Genre Crushes:
Influence and Inspiration from the Always-Greener Grassy Side"

Thursday, March 20, 7 PM

BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar Blvd., third floor*


*(please use the elevator in the back of the store to get to the third floor)


You write thriller novels, but you love reading poetry.  You write poetry, but you long to write plays.  You are known for your literary short stories, but you find yourself influenced and inspired by genre horror stories. 

What are the ways that writers learn from genres outside their own comfort zone?  How do the things we love to read mold our own writing and processes -- or even our own ideas and writing goals? 

Our distinguished panelists will be:


Sarah Bird
- Sarah started in magazines by telling lies to The Trues: True Confession, True Love, True Romance. Since then she has sold essays and articles to The New York Times, Salon, Oprah Magazine, Daily Beast, Real Simple, Mademoiselle, Cosmo, Good Housekeeping, and was a National Magazine Award finalist for her Texas Monthly columns. Sarah is the author of The Yokota Officers Club, Virgin of the Rodeo, The Flamenco Academy, How Perfect is That, The Mommy Club, and Alamo House. Her novel, The Gap Year, published in 2011, was named one of Library Journal's Best Novels of the Year. Sarah's ninth novel, Above the East China Sea, has just been released by Alfred A. Knopf.


Owen Egerton
is the author of Everyone Says That at the End of the World, How Best to Avoid Dying and The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Bros. Television. As a screenwriter Egerton has worked for Fox, Warner Bros., and Disney studios, writing scripts for Owen Wilson, Bill Hader, and Amy Poehler. Egerton was voted Best Local Author by The Austin Chronicle and is one of the talents behind the award-winning Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre.



Michael Noll
teaches writing at Texas State University and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.




Margo Rabb
 is the author of Cures for Heartbreak, which won the Teddy Book Award and was named one of the best YA novels of the year by Kirkus and Booklist. Her new YA novel, Kissing in America, will be published by HarperCollins in 2015. She’s published fiction and nonfiction in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Rumpus, Zoetrope, One Story, New Stories from the South, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere, and her work has been broadcast on NPR. She's won first prizes in the Atlantic, Zoetrope, and American Fiction contests, and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.






Our Third Thursday program is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

WLT would, also, like to thank BookPeople for helping to make our Third Thursday program possible. In addition to providing space for the program, BookPeople kindly offers a 10% discount to WLT members. WLT and BookPeople applaud your support of independent book stores and local business.