Reading

Inprint Jonathan Lethem & Gary Shteyngart Reading

2018/2019 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint presents an evening
with blockbuster novelists Jonathan
Lethem and Gary Shteyngart
as part of the 2018-2019 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series
. Both Lethem and
Shteyngart will read from their new
novels
, The Feral Detective and Lake Success, respectively. After
the reading, Lethem and Shteyngart will join novelist and UH Honors Program
faculty member Robert Cremins for a conversation on-stage, followed by a book sale and signing at which
audience members can meet the author.

JONATHAN
LETHEM, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, has been called “one of America’s greatest
storytellers” by the Washington Post
and “one of our most inventive, stylish and sensuous writers” by Entertainment Weekly. Lethem’s novels
include Motherless Brooklyn, winner
of the National Book Critics Circle Award; The
Fortress of Solitude
, a New York
Times
bestseller; and Chronic City,
a New York Times Best Book of the
Year. He is also the author of several story collections and nonfiction books,
including The Ecstasy of Influence, a
New York Times Notable Book and
finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He comes to Houston to
read from his 11th novel The Feral
Detective
—his first post-modern take on the detective story since Motherless Brooklyn—which follows an
unlikely pair as they navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds to
find a missing girl. According to Colson Whitehead, “The Feral Detective investigates our haunted America in all its
contemporary guises — at the edge of the city, beyond the blank desert, in the
apartment next door. It’s a nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with
Lethem’s trademark verve and wit.” Dana Spiotta calls the book “wild, urgent,
and very funny.” Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights to both of these
novels; Motherless Brooklyn is
scheduled for release in 2019 starring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton.

GARY
SHTEYNGART has been hailed by The New
York Times
as “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating
writers.” His debut novel The Russian Debutante’s
Handbook
won the Stephen Crane Award and the National Jewish Book Award for
Fiction. His other novels include Absurdistan—named
one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The
New York Times Book Review
and a best book of the year by Time, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago
Tribune
, and elsewhere—and Super Sad
True Love Story
, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. His New York Times bestselling memoir Little Failure was a finalist for the
National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in Leningrad in 1972, Shteyngart’s
work has been translated into 29 languages. Elizabeth Gilbert writes, about his
new novel Lake Success, from which he
will read, “This is a novel that seems to have been created in real time,
reflecting with perfect comedy and horrible tragedy exactly what America feels
like right this minute…. The novel is stupendous.” Maureen Corrigan, on NPR, says, “Throughout his career,
Shteyngart has proven himself a cheeky comic daredevil, but never more so than
in this novel…. An artistic tour de force.”

When:
Nov 12, 2018
Cost:
Tickets $5 general admission, free rush tickets for students and senior citizens at the door
Time:
7:30 pm
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Inprint Cool Brains! Jason Reynolds Reading

2018/2019 Inprint Cool Brains! Series

The 2018/2019 Inprint Cool Brains!
Series
presents an afternoon with kids’ lit rockstar Jason Reynolds, sharing his new middle grade novel Lu, book 4 in his New York Times bestselling Track
series
. Inprint will give away a free
signed copy of Lu to the first 100
families
. Admission is free and
open to the public. After a presentation,
Reynolds will take questions from the
audience
. The event will conclude with a book signing, giving fans a chance to meet the author. The Inprint Poetry Buskers will be onsite
to write free poems upon request for event attendees. Blue Willow Bookshop will be selling copies of Lu at the event.

Finding it
hard to find books that reflected his life, Jason Reynolds did not read his
first book, cover to cover, until the age of 17. Committed to “not write boring
books,” Reynolds is now an award-winning author of several middle grade and
young adult books which have become instant New
York Times
bestsellers. He is a 2018 Newbery Award Honoree amd a Printz
Award Honoree for his novel in verse Long
Way Down
. His novel Miles Morales: Spider Man focuses
on the Marvel Comics’ Afro-Puerto Rican teen character. As Brave As You won the 2016 Kirkus Prize, the 2017 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding
Literary Work for Youth/Teen, the 2017 Schneider Family Book Award, and
the 2017 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book distinction. His young adult
poetry book For Every One was released
this year and is based on his performance at the Kennedy Center for the
unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. His other major books include
When I Was
the Greatest
, Boy
in the Black Suit
, and All American Boys (co-written with
Brendan Kiely). 

 He comes to Houston to
celebrate the publication of the fourth book in his bestselling Track series, Lu. The Track series follows characters
of an elite track team, with each novel in the series focusing on the
challenges of a particular character. The first book in the series, Ghost, was a finalist for the National
Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Patina
and Sunny followed, each receiving
rave reviews and becoming New York Times
bestsellers. School Library Journal,
in a starred review, calls Lu “pure
gold” and Booklist, also in a starred
review, says “Reynolds wraps up his powerful
series with a surprising ending, all while scattering rewarding details about Ghost, Patina, and Sunny to let the reader truly revel in this multidimensional world
as it comes to a close.”

When:
Nov 4, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Inprint Barbara Kingsolver Reading

2018/2019 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint presents an evening
with literary icon Barbara Kingsolver
as part of the 2018-2019 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.
Kingsolver, who rarely makes public appearances, will read for the Inprint
series as part of a 12-city book tour
for her new novel
, Unsheltered. After the reading, Kingsolver
will join author, member of the Houston
Chronicle
Editorial Board, and former Houston First Lady Andrea White for a conversation on-stage, followed by a book sale and signing at which audience members can meet the
author.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER is “a
gifted magician of words,” according to Time, and “a writer
of rare ambition and unequivocal talent,” writes the Chicago Tribune. With a literary career that has
spanned three decades and encompassed award-winning works of fiction, poetry,
and creative nonfiction, Kingsolver’s work touches on vital themes of social
justice and the environment. Her bestselling novel The Poisonwood Bible won the National Book Prize
of South Africa, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, and was a finalist for the
Pulitzer Prize, the Orange Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Lacuna, which the Seattle
Times
 described as “a sweeping mural of sensory delights and
stimulating ideas about art, government, identity and history,” received the
Orange Prize. Her novel Flight Behavior was
named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Washington Post and USA Today.  Her nonfiction New York Times bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life won
the James Beard Award and was praised by the Washington Post Book World as
“charming, zestful, funny and poetic… a serious book about important problems.”
Kingsolver, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal and the Dayton
Literary Peace Prize and founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, has been widely
anthologized, and her works are translated into more than 25 languages.

Kingsolver will read from her highly
anticipated new novel, Unsheltered, coming
out on October 16. Booklist in a
starred review says, “There is much to delight in and think about while
reveling in Kingsolver’s vital characters, quicksilver dialogue, intimate
moments, dramatic showdowns, and lushly realized milieus…. An enveloping,
tender, witty, and awakening novel of love and trauma, family and survival,
moral dilemmas and intellectual challenges.” Publishers Weekly, also in a starred review, writes, “this novel
shows Kingsolver at the top of her game.”

When:
Oct 22, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
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Inprint Reading - Barbara Kingsolver


Reading followed by an on-stage interview – conducted by author/former Houston First Lady/member of the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Andrea White – plus a book sale and signing.

BARBARA KINGSOLVER is “a gifted magician of words,” according to Time, and “a writer of rare ambition and unequivocal talent,” writes the Chicago Tribune. With a literary career that has spanned three decades and encompassed award-winning works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, Kingsolver’s work touches on vital themes of social justice and the environment. Her bestselling novel The Poisonwood Bible won the National Book Prize of South Africa, was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Orange Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Lacuna, which the Seattle Times described as “a sweeping mural of sensory delights and stimulating ideas about art, government, identity and history,” received the Orange Prize. Her novel Flight Behavior was named a “Best Book of the Year” by the Washington Post and USA Today.  Her nonfiction New York Times bestseller Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life won the James Beard Award and was praised by the Washington Post Book World as “charming, zestful, funny and poetic… a serious book about important problems.” Kingsolver, a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, has been widely anthologized, and her works are translated into more than 25 languages. She will read from her new novel, Unsheltered.
When:
Oct 22, 2018
Cost:
$5
Time:
7:30 pm
Monday Time & Price:
$5
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September Reading by Glass Mountain


Join Glass Mountain for our first reading of the semester! Our featured readers are Rachel Ballenger, Chris Flakus, and Jessica Rodriguez. Be sure to sign up for our open mic! Doors open at 6:30.

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Rachel Ballenger is a writer and translator. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Your Impossible Voice, and elsewhere. She is Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast. 

Christopher Miguel Flakus is a poet and writer from Houston, Texas. He has published work with Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Black Heart Magazine, Analog Submission Press, and Iron Lung Press, among others. He was awarded the 2017 Fabian Worsham Award for his fiction. He was Fiction Editor for The Bayou Review's special prison issue in 2018 which focused on the work of incarcerated writers serving time in Texas prisons. He is currently working on his first novel. 

Jessica Rodriguez has lived in Space City all her life. Her favorite spots around town are old diners where she can envision herself as an old woman writing her autobiography next to a cup of black coffee in a vinyl leather booth. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Houston who is discovering her potential as a writer thanks to the encouragement of her professors and peers. She writes meditations on identity and what it means in the internet era as a way to question the status quo. She also enjoys writing stories steeped in magical realism and sees the style as a way of solace from the hyper-real.

When:
Sep 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
7-10PM // Free
Location:
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Archaeology Now


Archaeology Now presents the Family Tree Discovery Series Lecture DNA and our Ancestors: The Story of Us on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. Dr. Michael Hammer, one of the world’s foremost human geneticists, will address how DNA helps uncover who we are at the genetic level. Tickets are $10 to $20 and are available at the HMNS Box Office or by calling (713) 639-4629.

When:
Sep 20, 2018
Cost:
$10-$20
Time:
6:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Inprint Cool Brains! Sylvia Acevedo Reading


Inprint Cool Brains! Series presents an inspiring afternoon with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts and former rocket scientist at NASA, coming to Houston to share her new memoir for middle graders, Path to the Stars


Event includes:
*100 free copies of Path to the Stars given out at the event
*Presentation and Q+A by Sylvia Acevedo about her journey from being one of the few girls in her community to go to college to becoming a rocket scientist
*Book sale, signing, meet the author
*Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (Official) info booth
*Bus scholarships available for student groups, contact info@inprinthouston.org

Where Sylvia was growing up, many girls were not graduating from high school, let alone going to college from her community. Sylvia’s story of overcoming obstacles with confidence, hard work, and education is an inspirational tale. She navigated shifting cultural expectations at school and at home, forging her own trail to become one of the first Latinx to graduate with a master’s in engineering from Stanford University and going on to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A gifted public speaker, Acevedo is an advocate for empowering children to achieve their dreams, especially encouraging an interest in STEM education. In addition to being a rocket scientist at NASA, she has worn many hats—an engineer at IBM, an award-winning entrepreneur, businesswoman, commissioner on the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, and currently, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
When:
Sep 16, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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The Telling Image

Shapes of Changing Times

Date: Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Member Pricing: $15.00, Non-member Pricing: $20.00

How do humans make sense of the world? Journey through time — from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China — with documentary filmmaker Lois Stark as she unveils a hidden key to our worldview: shape. We’ll learn how migratory humans understood the world as a circular web, interconnected with nature. When civilization entered, humans built pyramids and skyscrapers that fit a ladder worldview, full of hierarchy and measurements. Today, the network masters our daily lives through the Internet’s ever-evolving links and hubs. What’s next? By watching when shapes shift, we’ll read the past and glimpse the future. 

When:
Sep 27, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
6:30pm $20.00
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Remembering Harvey Open Mic

Please join Writespace and the Houston Flood Museum for a special Remembering Harvey Open Mic.

Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction in Houston from which many people are still recovering. As painful as these memories may be, it is important that we remember that week in August--and its aftermath--as a way of processing and healing from the storm. 

Please join Writespace and the Houston Flood Museum for a special Remembering Harvey Open Mic. All Houstonians and Texans living along the Gulf Coast were affected in some way. Both those who were directly and indirectly affected are invited to read work related to their experiences with the storm, flooding, and aftermath as a way of healing ourselves and our city. Together we will create a verbal and written record of the week of August 25th and begin to find healing.

DATE: Saturday, September 29th, 7 - 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Writespace (2000 Edwards Street, Studio #208)
PRICE: Free for all!  If you are interested in reading, please send an email to cassandra@writespacehouston.org.

When:
Sep 29, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
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Women's Voices Reading and Open Mic

A reading celebrating women's voices featuring poet Holly Lyn Walrath

Join Writespace and Spider Road Press as we celebrate the release of Glimmerglass Girl, the debut poetry chapbook written by dedicated Writespace volunteer Holly Lyn Walrath. The collection’s publisher, Finishing Line Press, describes the work as a “unique visual collection of speculative poetry [that] addresses femininity, feminism, and the intersection of womanhood and nature."

To celebrate Glimmerglass Girl, we are inviting women-identifying writers to share their own work alongside Holly at our Women’s Voices Reading and Open Mic. We are excited to hear work that examines all aspects of womanhood, and we especially welcome historically marginalized voices.

DATE: Friday, October 19th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATIONWritespace (2000 Edwards, Studio #208, Houston, TX 77007)
PRICE: Free to all! If you are interested in reading, please send an email to cassandra@writespacehouston.org.

When:
Oct 19, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Location:
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