RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES: What percentage of mystery novels do you think involve solving a murder? And of those novels, how many of their authors do you think actually knew someone who was murdered? That’s the case for Argyle author Jane Roberts Wood, whose latest book, Out the Summerhill Road, is inspired by the murder of a friend in 1946. “To have a friend murdered was unthinkable in Texarkana, where nobody locked their doors,” she tells the Denton Record-Chronicle. In another twist, the book really isn’t about solving the crime. Rather, it’s more about how a group of friends bond following the event.
UT ADDS TO COLLECTION: In March, the Harry Ransom Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin added David Foster Wallace’s papers to its vast collection, which also includes Robert De Niro’s archives. And now, the Center announces that it has acquired Spalding Gray’s archives. Among the treasure trove of material are performance notebooks and diaries. The New York Times has more details.
A LOOK INSIDE: The Glass Houses feature on glasstire.com has added a new edition – Dallas native Ludwig Schwarz. In Glass Houses, a photographer heads into an artist’s studio to capture the space. In August, Dallas artist Lizzy Wetzel was featured.