December 11, 2005

Local Authors and Photographers of whom I've become aware

I've recently found out about a few folks in town who have published books and calendars. I thought I'd do a little name dropping since I found their products interesting... most of these can be found as part of INsite Magazine's "The 2005 INsite Totally Austin Gift Guide" which is currently on stands in Austin and online - (

Austinite Richard Reynolds ( recently released two
wonderful books of photography. In Texas Then and Now he expertly and amazingly “reshoots” historic Texas photos from around the state from the same location and angle they were originally shot. In Wild Texas Reynolds captures the natural beauty of our State.

Austin photographers donated their talent and local musicians donated their time and shed their clothing for Naked, a 2006 Calendar put together by Spike Gillespie ( to benefit the Willie Graham/Legg Perthes Fund. The fund is named for Jon Dee Graham’s son, and benefits the family to help pay for medical bills. The musicians include the likes of Guy Forsyth, Tosca, Eliza Gilkyson, Matt The Electrician, and Patricia Vaughan.

Photographer Jack M. Puryear ( employs a method known as Photo-Assemblage (taking numerous photos and assembling them as a panoramic photo) to provide beautiful images of our city including the lakes, nightlife, Capitol, and bridges for his amazing Austin, Texas 2006 Calendar. Pick up your copy at The University Coop (2246 Guadalupe). Poster prints also available.

Coloring Outside the Lines – In this interesting memoir, author Aimee Cooper ( shares some of the experiences she had as an active member of the Los Angeles punk rock scene in 1980s. Find this at Book People,
Border’s (10225 Research Blvd), and Waterloo Records (600 N Lamar Blvd).

In Beyond the Cayenne Wall author Shaila Abdullah ( presents a collection of short stories about the struggles that many women from South Asia go through to find individualism in a traditional society.

1 comment:

Ian said...

You should check out Jesse Sublett's "Never The Same Again". He was a punk legend in Austin in the 70s / 80s, and recently wrote this book that deals with his music career, battle with cancer, and lots of other stuff. It's quite good. His band (the skunks) is rumored to be playing Continental Club sometime in december but I don't know the date. You can get his book online, or at the Blackmail shop on south congress. (I got it on CD at the public library.)