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March 9, 2007

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MEMOIRIST EMILY FOX GORDON TO SHARE HER WORK AT UH

Acclaimed memoirist and essayist Emily Fox Gordon soon will share her work with Houston literary audiences during an upcoming edition of the Inprint Studio Reading Series (ISRS) at the University of Houston.

Gordon, a UH alumna and Houston resident, will read from her most recent book “Are You Happy? A Childhood Remembered” at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22 in UH’s Honors College Commons on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library. This event is sponsored by the UH Creative Writing Program and Inprint Inc., in association with DiverseWorks and the Honors College. All readings are free and open to the public.

Gordon’s intensely personal work has explored her years spent in and out of therapy – including her hospitalization as a teenager in a mental institution – with a candor and elegance that has earned her two Pushcart Prizes and praise from the New York Times for her ability to “detail the sentences and images that stick to the walls of memory.”

“I do think that it's important for writers to read from their work,” Gordon said. “As a reader, I'm deeply curious about the actual human beings whose words I've read, and there's something about matching written words with speech patterns and voice that can correct misreadings.”

Gordon’s book “Mockingbird Years: A Life Spent In and Out of Therapy” (2000) was named a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as one of Amazon.com’s top 10 memoirs for the year.

ISRS offers literary readings in intimate venues to allow audiences close interaction with some of the country’s brightest writers and their works.

WHAT: Inprint Studio Reading Series featuring Emily Fox Gordon
WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22
WHERE: Honors College Commons
M.D. Anderson Library, Level 2
Entrance 1
WHO: UH Creative Writing Program, Inprint Inc. and DiverseWorks

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