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Poison Pen Reading Series featuring BJ Love, Elizabeth Lyons, Daniel Pena
Thursday, August 31, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

George Henson, Translator – “Sergio Pitol’s A Trilogy of Memory: A Love Letter to Literature”
Saturday, September 2, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Dallas-based translator Henson joins us for an evening discussing the work of Sergio Pitol, one of Mexico's greatest writers, whose novels have been published in English by Texas translation publisher Deep Vellum.

Alex McElroy reads from Daddy Issues
Friday, September 8, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
University of Houston PhD candidate Alex McElroy joins us for his debut collection of sharp but funny short stories.

Rodrigo Hasbún reads from Affections
Tuesday, September 12, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
A haunting novel about an unusual family’s breakdown—set in South America during the time of Che Guevara and inspired by the life of Third Reich cinematographer Hans Ertl—from the literary star Jonathan Safran Foer calls, “a great writer.” He will be joined in conversation by translator Sophie Hughes. The conversation will be moderated by English Professor at the University of Houston and translator Hosam Aboul-Ela.

Tomás Morin reads from Patient Zero
Thursday, September 14, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
This second collection from APR-Honickman winner Tomas Q. Morin explores love gone sideways in the lives of lovers, parents and children, humans and the divine. Patient Zero is filled with voices—of all the people, places, and things that surround a life sick with heartbreak. Doors are the wooden tongues of a house, grocery-store cashiers are gatekeepers to the infinite, and food is the all-powerful life force behind every living thing.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Elizabeth Lyons, Erika Jo Brown, JSA Lowe, Brendan Stephens 
Friday, September 15, 7pm
(Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Rudyard's Pub. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. Gulf Coast also co-sponsors Pop-Up reading events at Brazos Bookstore, partnering student-readers with published authors traveling through Houston.
 
Yuri Herrera reads from Kingdom Cons
Saturday, September 16, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In conversation with Ursula Fuentesberain
One of Mexico's greatest young writers closes out his epic border trilogy with KINGDOM CONS, a narco-melodrama made of equal parts Shakespeare and Tarantino. In conversation with University of Houston's Ursula Fuentesberain.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Nathan Englander + Nicole Krauss
Monday, September 18, 8pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, Entrance #18)
Nathan Englander’s story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named a New York Times Notable Book and an NPR Best Book of 2012. His other works include the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, the novel The Ministry of Special Cases, and the play The Twenty-Seventh Man. He will read from his new novel, coming out in September, Dinner at the Center of the Earth.
 
Nicole Krauss’s bestselling novel Great House was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and The History of Love, also an international bestseller, won the William Saroyan Prize and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. She will read from her new novel Forest Dark.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.

Poetry & Prose  presents 1st year students from the UH Creative Writing Program
Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.
 
The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program
 
Elif Batuman reads from The Idiot
Thursday, September 21, 6:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In partnership with the Humanities Research Center at Rice University
Presented offsite at Hudspeth Auditorium at the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice University
The renowned New Yorker staff writer visits Houston to discuss her acclaimed first novel, a coming-of-age story about a young Turkish-American woman in college at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

The Slant: An Authors’ Reading Series featuring Chris Cander, Adrienne Perry, Louise Marburg
Thursday, September 21,  7pm
(St. Mark’s Houston, 3816 Bellaire Blvd)
The Slant: An Authors' Reading Series at St. Mark's seeks to celebrate writers of diverse cultural backgrounds whose work fosters dialogue and reflection across the social, cultural, and religious spectrum. Emily Dickinson wrote "Tell all the truth but tell it slant."
 
Conor Bracken reads from Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour
Friday, September 22, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Former University of Houston creative writing student Bracken debuts a chapbook of poetry that tackles the life of Henry Kissinger with irreverence and beauty.

Antígona González: A Reading / Una lectura
Saturday, September 23, 7pm
(Diverse Works, 3400 Main Street)
A collective, choral reading of "Antígona González" (Les Figues Press, 2016) with author Sara Uribe and Houston-based women artists, writers, activists, and organizers. The reading will be in Spanish, with John Pluecker's translations projected in English. 
 
Longlisted for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award for poetry, "Antígona González" tells the story of one woman's search for the body of her brother who was disappeared in the midst of the on-going state and non-state violence associated with the war against drug trafficking in Mexico. The book interweaves this horrific narrative with those of other Antigones from across history: from Sophocles to Griselda Gambaro’s "Antígona furiosa," Leopoldo Marechal’s "Antígona Vélez," María Zambrano’s "La tumba de Antígona," and Judith Butler's "Antigone’s Claim.

Santiago Gamboa reads from Return to the Dark Valley
Saturday, September 25, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Colombian heavyweight (and Brazos favorite) Gamboa hits Houston for the first time to discuss his latest from Europa Editions, a kaleidoscopic, cosmopolitan story with a dose of inky dark noir.

Glass Mountain Reading Series featuring Erika Jo Brown, LeeAnne Carlson and Quentin Key-Tello
Tuesday, September 26, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
Featured readings will be followed by an open mic, which is open to all.

Glass Mountain staff will also be collecting monetary donations for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and canned good donations for the Houston Food Bank.

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH.

A Conversation with Dominic Smith
Thursday, September 28, 6pm
(MFAH, 1001 Bissonnet Street)
Dominic Smith is the author of four novels, including The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. The 2016 publication—a New York Times best seller and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice—is the MFAH Book Club selection for this summer.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Niki Herd, Yuki Tanaka, Casey Fleming
Thursday, September 28, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
 
Michael Chabon reads from Moonglow
Saturday, September 30, 7:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Presented offsite at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal)
The newest release from a beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist! MOONGLOW is classic Chabon, important and beautiful, telling the story of one man's entire life across generations.

James McBride reads from Five-Carat Soul
Wednesday, October 4, 7:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Presented offsite at Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal)
McBride follows up his National Book Award-winning THE GOOD LORD BIRD with a brand new collection of never-before-published short stories.

Writers’ League of Texas: How to Turn a Mess of Pages Into a Book
Friday, October 6, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
First drafts of novels and memoirs can begin with a spark of an idea and a rush of enthusiasm. But after 70-100 pages, that initial clarity often vanishes, along with any sense of the way forward into the book. Or perhaps you’re researching for a nonfiction project, but you feel lost at the thought of organizing your notes into a coherent narrative. This panel will discuss strategies for shaping early drafts of book-length projects and giving them direction—a must-attend event for anyone who has recently thrown themselves into a new project or wants to return to a memoir or nonfiction draft that they’ve put aside.

Book Launch for Cooert Voorhess’ On The Free
Saturday, October 7, 4pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
On The Free is about the three survivors (one of whom is from Houston) of a wilderness therapy program gone wrong. Booklist said, "Thrilling, suspenseful, and fast-paced, this is an edge-of-your-seat read."
 
Poetry & Prose  presents UH Creative Writing Program Professors Mat Johnson + Roberto Tejada
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus.Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.
 
The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.

Margaret Wilerson Sexton reads from A Kind of Freedom
Thursday, October 19, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award, A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring John Andrews, Chris Murray, Charlotte Wyatt, Sam Thilen
Friday, October 20th, 7pm
(Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Rudyard's Pub. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. Gulf Coast also co-sponsors Pop-Up reading events at Brazos Bookstore, partnering student-readers with published authors traveling through Houston.
 
An Evening of Poetry with Lisa Olstein and Julie Carr
Wednesday, October 20, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
 
Cristina Rivera Garza reads from The Illiac Crest
Saturday, October 24, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
University of Houston's Garza debuts her gothic novel about two mysterious women who invade the narrator's house one night for nefarious and frightening purposes.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Roger Reeves, Zachary Caballero, Onyinye Ihezukwu
Thursday, October 26, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Glass Mountain Reading Series 
Tuesday, October 31, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road)
Glass Mountain's Halloween reading. Costumes encouraged! Three featured readers followed by an open mic. The open mic is open to all. 

Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH.
 
John Freeman and Guests – Freeman’s Vol. 4
Wednesday, November 1, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
The great editor Freeman joins us with special guests to debut FREEMAN's VOL. 4, a compendium of the greatest emerging voices in American letters.
 
Eileen Myles reads from Afterglow
Thursday, November 2, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
One of America's legendary counter-culture icons, Myles brings us an emotional new work framed by the death of her beloved dog, which becomes an exploration of all the things that make us human.
 
Jeffrey Eugenides reads from Fresh Complaint
Friday, November 3, 7:30pm
(6221 Main Street)
Presented offsite at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MIDDLESEX offers up his first short story collection, full of everything that makes Eugenides a legend.

Glass Mountain presents Write-a-Thon
Saturday, November 4, 8am – 5pm
(UH Writing Center, CBB 238)
Write-A-Thon is like a marathon, but instead of running, you write, participate in writing-based contests, and Glass Mountain provides lunch and snacks.
 
To participate, grab a sponsor who will pledge money in your name either by the hour or as a set amount. All money raised benefits the Boldface Writers’ Conference.

Public Poetry Reading Series featuring Michelle Burk, Christina Martinez, Glynn Irby, Chuck Wemple
Saturday, November 4, 2pm
(Young Neighborhood Library, 5107 Griggs Road)
Presented in partnership with The City of Houston & Houston Public Library, this award winning series takes place at 2 p.m., the first Saturday of each month at branch libraries throughout the city. The library series mixes all kinds of poetry and poets together; audiences can hear sonnets and slam at the same event! Featured readers include prominent academics, student talent chosen by Writers in the Schools, performance poets, and well regarded published authors including two Pulitzer Prize nominees and Texas State Poets Laureate. 
 
Texas Book Festival
Saturday, November 4, and Sunday, November 5
(Austin, Texas)
The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. One of the largest and most prestigious literary festivals in the country, the annual Texas Book Festival features 250+ nationally and critically recognized authors, 20+ venues including the State Capitol, 80+ exhibitors, live music, local food trucks, family activities, and countless opportunities to meet authors and fellow book lovers.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jennifer Egan + Claire Messud
Monday, November 6, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue)
Jennifer Egan’s 2011 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad was hailed as “a new classic of American fiction” by Time magazine. Her other works include the national bestseller The Keep, the National Book Award finalist Look at MeEmerald City and Other Stories, and The Invisible Circus, which was made into a feature film starring Cameron Diaz. Also an award-winning journalist, she writes frequently for the New York Times Magazine. Egan will read from Manhattan Beach, coming out in October.
 
Claire Messud’s fifth novel The Woman Upstairs, a New York Times Notable Book, was described by The Guardian as a “brave and highly risky novel…. Claire Messud should achieve literary giant status.” Her bestselling novel The Emperor’s Children was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was named a best book of the year by The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Her novels When the World Was Steady and The Hunters were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and her novel The Last Life was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and The Village Voice’s Editor’s Choice. She will read from her new novel The Burning Girl.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
Alexander McCall Smith reads from The House of Unexpected Sisters
Saturday, November 11, 7:30pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Presented offsite at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and of a number of other series and stand-alone books. The House of Unexpected Sisters is the latest entry in his beloved series of Ladies Detective Agency books.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen
Monday, November 13, 7:30 pm 
(Stude Concert Hall, Rice University, 6100 Main Street)
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizers garnered international praise, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, and was named to more than 30 best books of the year lists. The Refugees, Nguyen’s bestselling story collection, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and an Indie Next Selection. His nonfiction book Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and The Memory of War was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He serves as cultural critic-at-large for the Los Angeles Times and is co-editor of the book Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field.
 
Reading followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing.
 
Poetry & Prose presents readings from Martha Serpas’s Eco Poetics Course
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 pm
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Poetry & Prose is a reading series featuring UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, that happens right here on campus. Readings are free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.
 
The series is presented by the University of Houston Libraries, in cooperation with the University of Houston Creative Writing Program
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Beth Ann Fennelly, Molly McCully Brown, Theodora Bishop, Justin Jannise
Friday, November 17, 7pm
(Rudyard’s Pub, 2010 Waugh Drive)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Rudyard's Pub. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. Gulf Coast also co-sponsors Pop-Up reading events at Brazos Bookstore, partnering student-readers with published authors traveling through Houston.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Gulf Coast Editors
Thursday, November 30, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.