Join us for the launch of The Writer’s Field Guide

On March 1, join us at BookPeople for the launch of Michael Noll’s The Writer’s Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction.

March 8 through 10, we’ll be at AWP in Tampa, Florida. Find us in the book fair and be sure to come by our shindig with McSweeney’s and the Sequential Artists Workshop on March 9. It’ll be at a Gram Parsons-themed treehouse and bar called Gram’s Place (also in Tampa). Yes.

Stay tuned for details on special writing workshops with Michael, to be offered at the ASO office in April.

And oh! Stick around for another terrific launch in May

ASO author Rita Bullwinkel will be bringing her story collection Belly Up out to meet the world on several dates in May—including on May 8 at City Lights in San Francisco.


November 5 and 6 bring the Texas Book Festival!

A Strange Object’s codirector Callie Collins will hit the ground running Saturday afternoon as moderator for the Well Versed in Grief panel, during which authors Paul Lisicky (The Narrow Door) and Max Porter (Grief Is the Thing with Feathers) lay bare their experiences in writing about grief.

Meanwhile, Kelly Luce, author of A Strange Object’s Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, will be found on Saturday from 1:15–2 pm discussing her new novel Pull Me Under. The panel which will cover violence in writing with author Jung Yun (Shelter). Stephanie Noll moderates the discussion in Capitol Extension Room E2.026.

During the same 1:15–2 pm window, forthcoming ASO author Michael Noll covers the complexities of war literature in his moderation of the festival’s Writing on War panel, featuring authors (and veterans) Odie Lindsey (We Come to Our Senses) and Maximilian Uriarte (White Donkey).

Right after, ASO author Sam Allingham (The Great American Songbook) will be on the Wild Stories panel from 2:30–3:30 pm Saturday, unraveling what makes strange and unexpected stories tick, alongside authors Robin MacArthur (Half Wild) and Jesus Trevino (Return to Arroyo Grande), led by moderator Adeena Reitberger.

ASO’s codirector Jill Meyers examines the complexities of girlhood and writing about female friendships and obsessions, violence, and crime with authors Emma Cline (The Girls) and Robin Wasserman (Girls on Fire). Happening at the Girls on Fire panel from 3–3:45 Saturday afternoon.

Last but not least, our very own Katie Chase (Man and Wife) will discuss the ways setting and landscape impact her work on the Unexpected Landscapes panel on Sunday afternoon from 2–3. Authors Jensen Beach (Swallowed by the Cold), Jose Skinner (Tombstone Race), and moderator Will Evans will be dissecting how place affects their own writing, as well.


J. M. Tyree and Elizabeth Kadetsky join up for a reading in Baltimore at The Ivy Bookshop on January 15, 2015.

On January 26, J. M. Tyree reads with Maud Casey at Kramerbooks in Washington, DC, at 6:30 pm.

On Saturday, May 3, we took part in the Menil Indie Book Fest in Houston.

Lit Crawl NYC has partnered with CLMP to bring Crawlers a little Hair of the Dog(ear) in between Lit Crawls. GET LIT, a monthly series of literary events, featured ASO authors Kelly Luce and J. M. Tyree on May 17 as part of Lit Crawl Brooklyn. Check here for more details.

May 18, we climbed the stairs to KGB Sunday Night Fiction, New York’s most venerable series for presenting new work since the ’90s. The night featured Kelly Luce (Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, A Strange Object), Lynn Lurie (Quick Kills, Etruscan Press), and Maxwell Neely-Cohen (Echo of the Boom, Rare Bird Books).

April 2014
Saturday, April 5, as Kelly Luce read at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City. You could also have found us at the book fair at The Mill.

On Saturday, April 19, A Strange Object took part in the Lit Fair at the New Fiction Confab in Austin.

Kelly Luce appeared at the Arkansas Literary Festival, April 24–27. Check here for more details.

Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida hosted Kelly Luce for a reading Wednesday, May 14. Check here for more details.

New Frequencies—a cultural happening after the Brooklyn Book Festival

AWP kicked off with a special collaborative event. Kelly Luce, ASO’s first author, read at a Post-It note art show and reading hosted by ASO, Foxing Quarterly, Write Bloody Publishing, American Short Fiction, and The Austin Review. T Kira Madden, a contributor to The Austin Review, and Alexander Lumans, a contributor to American Short Fiction, also read, and Derrick Brown gave a special performance.

Tesser with us June 20

Thursday, June 20, 2013. Join us on the roof deck of AMOA-Arthouse to kick off our event series, Tesseract.

Austin Chronicle deemed Tesseract “a hypercube of cultural experience“—a multidimensional evening of lit, film, music, and interactivity.

Tesseract director Jess Sauer has put together a program that’ll transport you: Story Prize winner Claire Vaye Watkins reads from her dazzling collection Battleborn; Tele Novella, fresh their West Coast tour, plays the hits; philosopher Tamler Sommers makes us all a little smarter; and Beijing Silvermine grants Chinese photo negatives digital immortality. Bring a picnic, sample a cocktail from Jason Stevens, and enjoy the sunset. Thanks to Dos Equis for providing additional refreshment.

When: June 20 // 7:30 to 10 pm
Where: The Jones Center Rooftop, 700 Congress Ave.
Tickets: Available at the door. $10 // $5 for members
RSVP: Let us know you’re coming.


On Saturday, April 13, we hosted a free creative writing workshop in Austin taught by novelist Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.

This workshop was part of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s excellent slate of programming called the New Fiction Confab. Take a look at the rest of the readings and workshops that took place—with writers Manuel Gonzales, Sam Lipsyte, Fiona Maazel, Susan Steinberg, and more!

AWP Conference – Boston.