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Last Concert Cafe gathering

How hip is Houston? Bun B, Connor Barwin & other notables star in major ad campaign

By Dillon Sorensen

On Tuesday morning, an unlikely cast of Houstonians – including rapper Bun B, fashion designer Chloe Dao and Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin – made their way through the unassum ...


Book buzz

Fall preview: Top books include Ann Richards bio, more shades of Grey & Cronin's vampire sequel

By Tarra Gaines

Dan Rather explaining how he and KHOU invented modern hurricane coverage, Glee’s Chris Colfer recounting how a 10-year-old’s best and most critical book editor is his grandmother, and S ...


Social Scene

Inprint Poets & Writers Ball confirms Houston's status as a literary hotbed

By Clifford Pugh

Like a lot of newcomers, Justin Cronin didn't think of Houston as a literary mecca. When he got a job offer to teach at Rice University in 2003, his wife remarked, "I've always wanted ...


Musiqa presents "Play a Song For Me"

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Musiqa opens its 2011-2012 season with the Houston premiere of John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man for amplifed soprano (Karol Bennett) and chamber ensemble, with text by Bob Dylan. The concer


Justin Cronin's Favorite Film: The Lives of Others

Brown Auditorium Theater

Introduced by author Justin Cronin, this film is part of the "Movies Houstonians Love" series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Lives of Others won the Academy Award for Best Forei


Vampires galore

Esquire declares Cronin's The Passage & Arcade Fire the Best of 2010

By Steven Thomson

Esquire magazine has pin-pointed the 102 "Best" happenings of the past year, and among those spotlighted are Rice University English professor and now celebrity novelist, Justin Cronin, a ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Justin Cronin's Houston book party draws a cerebral crowd, no vampires

By Shelby Hodge

Champagne glasses were raised high Friday night for Houston author and newly-minted national book celebrity Justin Cronin. The mood was practically giddy in the Stablewood home of Andrea and Bill W ...


More thoughtful than Stephen King

Justin Cronin under review: New York Times, Salon love The Passage, NPR calls it a "clunker"

By Steven Thomson

The reviews are in on Rice professor Justin Cronin's new 770-page thriller, The Passage, which has garnered much attention for its $3.75 million book deal and subsequent bidding war between Hol ...


The CultureMap Interview

Behind the vampire: Justin Cronin — the new Stephenie Meyer (with literary cred) — on kids, Crowe and his Houston writing life

By Steven Thomson

Hometown literary hero Justin Cronin has made it. His 766-page The Passage, the first book in an epic trilogy, hits the shelves next week. The Rice University professor has become the class favorit ...


This Vampire Book's Not Shy

Stephen King, billboards, games, all part of the marketing push for Rice prof Justin Cronin's The Passage

By Steven Thomson

Justin Cronin is a professor of English at Houston's Rice University. A Harvard graduate and former student of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Cronin has also garnered myriad accolades in his f ...


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