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Poison Pen Reading Series featuring Rodrigo Hasbun, Kaj Tanaka, Paige Quiñones
Thursday, August 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

Luisa Muradyan reads from American Radiance
Tuesday, September 4, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
A debut poetry collection from the former editor of Houston’s own Gulf Coast. AMERICAN RADIANCE reflects on the author’s experience immigrating as a child to the United States from Ukraine in 1991. Colliding with the grand figures of late ‘80s and early ‘90s pop culture, Muradyan’s imagination pushes the reader forward, confronting the painful loss of identity that assimilation brings.

Eoin Colfer reads from Illegal
Monday, September 10, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
A powerfully moving graphic novel by New York Times bestselling author Eoin Colfer and the team behind the Artemis Fowl graphic novels that explores the current plight of undocumented immigrants.

Randy Kennedy reads from Presidio
Tuesday, September 11, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Set in the 1970s in the vast and arid landscape of the Texas panhandle, this darkly comic and stunningly mature literary debut tells the story of a car thief and his brother who set out to recover some stolen money and inadvertently kidnap a Mennonite girl who has her own reasons for being on the run.

Sarah Bird reads from Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
Wednesday, September 12, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
One of the great Texas authors returns with a new book! Powerful, epic, and compelling, DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN shines light on a nearly forgotten figure in history. The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.

De Ray Mckesson reads from On the Other Side of Freedom
Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm
Presented offsite at the Ballroom at Bayou Place
Join DeRay Mckesson, the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People, for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities.

This is a ticketed event.

Guadalupe Nettel reads from After the Winter
Tuesday, September 18, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
In 2006, Guadalupe Nettel was voted one of the thirty-nine most important Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine at the Bogotá Hay Festival. In parallel and entwining stories that move from Havana to Paris to New York City, AFTER THE WINTER describes how no routine, no argument for the pleasures of solitude, can withstand our most human drive to find ourselves in another, and fall in love.

Poetry & Prose:New UH Creative Writing Graduate Students 
Wednesday, September 19, 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 Lacy M. Johnson
Friday, September 21, 7pm
(Lawndale Art Center, 4912 S Main St,)
The Gulf Coast reading series presents the poetry and prose of UH graduate students, paired with prominent featured visiting writers, at Lawndale Art Center. Participating students come from the MFA and PhD programs in Creative Writing. 

Jose Antonio Vargas reads from Dear America
Monday, September 24, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, In partnership with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say and the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board Art Committee

Presented offsite at Talento Bilingüe de Houston)
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” tackles one of the defining issues of our time in this explosive and deeply personal call to arms.

This is a ticketed event.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Esi Edugyan & Meg Wolitzer
Monday, September 24, 7:30 pm 
(Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, 4300 University Drive)
Esi Edugyan’s breakthrough second novel Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an O Magazine Best Book of the Year. Edugyan’s other works include the novel The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the nonfiction book Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home.

“Meg Wolitzer is the novelist we need right now,” says The Washington Post. Her bestselling novel The Female Persuasion was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by Time, New York magazine, Entertainment Weeklyand elsewhere. She is also the author of novels for children and young adults. In 2017 she served as guest editor of Best American Short Stories, and three films have been based on her books: This Is My Life, directed by Nora Ephron; Surrender, Dorothy; and The Wife, with Glenn Close.

Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by former Houston Poet Laureate/UH-Downtown faculty member Robin Davidson – plus a book sale and signing.

Glass Mountain Reading 
Tuesday, September 25, 7pm
(Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Rd)
Glass Mountain is a national undergraduate literary magazine run by undergraduates at UH. reading will feature guest writers (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with an open mic to follow. The open mic is open to all. Cake will be provided.

Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, September 27, 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.