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Unsung Masters Reading Series feat. Ellen Bass, Erin Belieu, Victoria Chang, francine j. harris, and D.A. Powell
Monday, October 4, 7pm
(Online Event Registration)

The Unsung Masters Reading Series is an extension of the Unsung Masters book series. It exists to bring unjustly neglected poets to new generations of readers through periodic, free, public readings of their work.
 
Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Rosa Alcalá. Ashley Warner, Lisa Wartenberg, Schott Repass
Friday, October 15, 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. 
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Anthony Doerr
Monday, October 18, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of Cloud Cuckoo Land)

Anthony Doerr will give a brief reading from his new novel Cloud Cuckoo Land, followed by a conversation with Maggie Galehouse, a writer and editor in Houston and former book editor at the Houston Chronicle. 
 
Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. Also the author of the novel About Grace, the memoir Four Seasons in Rome, and the story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, Doerr has had his work translated into more than 40 languages.
 
Ariana Reines: Poetry Reading
Friday, October 22, 7pm
(Menil Collection, Main Building, 1533 Sul Ross)

Ariana Reines is the author of A Sand Book, winner of the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Obie-winning play TELEPHONE, and other award-winning books and performance projects. Described by KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt as a “crucial voice of her generation,” she has created performances for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Stuart Shave Modern Art, Le Mouvement Biel/Bienne, the Whitney Museum, and more. Her translations include TIQQUN’s Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl and Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare. Her work has been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish, French, Turkish, Greek, and Quiché. She is the founding director of Invisible College and writes frequently for Artforum.
 
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Jonathan Franzen
Monday, October 25, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $30; includes a copy of Crossroads)

Jonathan Franzen will give a brief reading from his new novel Crossroads, followed by a conversation with fiction writer David Means.
 
A master of family drama, Franzen is the author of five novels including Purity, Freedom, and The Twenty-Seventh City. His third novel The Corrections drew widespread critical acclaim, earning him the National Book Award and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. 
 
Texas Book Festival
Monday, October 27 through Sunday, October 31
(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.
 
Mary Gaitskill reads from The Devil’s Treasure
Thursday, October 28, 7pm
(Zoom link: Brazos Bookstore)
Mary Gaitskill will be in conversation with Leslie Jamison
 
Mary Gaitskill is the author of Bad Behavior, Two Girls, Fat and Thin, Because They Wanted To, Veronica, Don’t Cry, The Mare, Somebody with a Little Hammer, and This Is Pleasure. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Best American Short Stories, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Wole Soyinka
Monday, November 15, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Wole Soyinka will give a brief reading from his new novel Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, followed by a conversation with a fellow writer. 

Wole Soyinka is a distinguished political activist, playwright, poet, and novelist from Nigeria. He is the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Soyinka, who writes in English, is the author of five memoirs, two three novels, eight poetry collections, and 30 plays that draw richly on Nigerian politics and mythology.

Gulf Coast Reading Series featuring Saddiq Dzukogi
Friday, November 19, 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. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Honoree Fanonne Jeffers & Tiphanie Yanique
Monday, January 24, 7pm 
(Location TBD; Cost - $5)

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Tiphanie Yanique will give brief readings from their new novels The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois and Monster in the Middle.

Raised throughout the South, Jeffers is the author of five award-winning poetry collections including The Gospel Barbecue, Outlandish Blues, and Red Clay Suite. Her fifth collection The Age of Phillis was nominated for the National Book Award, the PEN/Voelcker Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and won the NAACP Image Award.

A former Houstonian, Tiphanie Yanique received an Inprint C. Glenn Cambor Fellowship while earning an MFA from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. With the publication of her debut short story collection How to Escape a Leper Colony, Yanique was named to the National Book Foundation’s prestigious “5 Under 35” list. Yanique’s first novel Land of Love and Drowning won the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Olga Tokarczuk
Sunday, February 27, 3pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Olga Tokarczuk’s translator Jennifer Croft will give a brief reading from Tokarczuk’s new novel The Books Of Jacob, followed by a conversation between Tokarczuk and a fellow writer. 

A bestselling author in her home country of Poland, whose work has been translated into more than 50 languages, Tokarczuk has published nine novels, two story collections, five nonfiction works, a collection of poetry, and a children’s book. Tokarczuk was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature.

AWP Conference
Wednesday, March 23 – Saturday, March 26
(Pennsylvania Convention Center)

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees come together for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2015 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America.

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Yusef Komunyakaa & Carl Phillips
Monday, April 11, 7pm 
(Livestream via Inprint Website; Cost - $5)

Yusef Komunyakaa and Carl Phillips will give brief readings from their new poetry collections Everyday Mojo Songs of the Earth: New and Selected Poems and Then the War: and Selected Poems, 2007-2020, followed by a conversation with francine j. harris, author of here is the sweet hand and Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Neon Vernacular, Komunyakaa is the author of 16 poetry collections that draw on his rich life experience. He is the winner the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Thomas Forcade Award and was elected chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

A classicist by training, Phillips is the author of 15 poetry collections that blend mythology, history, and philosophy, including Double Shadow, Silverchest, Reconnaissance, and Wild Is the Wind. Phillips has also published two books of craft essays, The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Art and Life of Poetry, and a translation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes. 

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series featuring Hernan Diaz
Monday, May 9, 7pm 
(Location TBD; Cost - $5)

Hernan Diaz will give a brief reading from his new novel Trust, followed by an on-stage conversation with Mark Haber, bookseller at Brazos Bookstore, and a book sale and signing.

Diaz’s debut novel, In the Distance was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of a Whiting Award and the Saroyan International Prize. Diaz is also the author of the nonfiction book Borges, between History and Eternity and edits the Spanish academic journal Revista Hispánica Moderna. He has published essays and short stories in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Cabinet, Kenyon Review, Granta, and elsewhere.