The 2017/2018 Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young
People presents Newbery Honor Award winner
Ann M. Martin, author of the popular Baby-sitters Club books, reading from her New York Times bestselling middle grade novel Rain Reign, which raises awareness
about autism and the impact of hurricanes on kids and the pets they love. The first 200 families will
receive a free signed copy of Rain Reign.
on-stage conversation with Valerie
Koehler from Blue Willow Bookshop and take questions from the audience.
Afterward, Houston Pets Alive! will share dog stories from
Hurricane Harvey, which opened a
shelter and saved more than 1,800 dogs and cats from the storm. The event will
conclude with a book sale and signing giving fans a chance to meet the author.
Bus scholarships are available for student groups by contacting
popular Baby-sitters Club series. Her other novels for
middle-grade readers, ages 8-12, include Ten Rules for Living
with My Sister, Ten Good and
Bad Things About My Life, and Everything
for a Dog. She won a Newbery Honor Award for A Corner of
charming and spunky girl on the autism spectrum, the dog she loves, and a
hurricane that changes everything. The New York
Times Book Review writes,
“Ann M. Martin, a Newbery Honor winner, offers this affecting, elegantly
burnished middle-grade book about a girl with autism. . . . And yet the book
isn’t actually about autism, or even any coming-of-age theme. It’s about love
and fealty, fear, hope, the release from burdens, and what kids–all kids–need
but often don’t get.” Author Kate DiCamillo calls it “heartbreaking and
heart-mending at the same time.”
KATHERINE PATERSON, two-time winner of the Newbery
Medal and the National Book Award, has captivated young readers for over four
decades and is the author of more than 30 books. Her bestselling middle grade
novels, among others, include Bridge
to Terabithia and The Great
Gilly Hopkins. She comes to Houston to share her latest middle grade
novel My Brigadista Year, which
Booklist describes as “a fascinating...portrayal of a turbulent time in history,” and
Kirkus Reviews says, “the themes of literacy, freedom, and community stay
strong. Educational and inspiring.” On September 26, 1960, Fidel Castro
declared to the United Nations that Cuba would eradicate illiteracy within one
year. More than 100,000 students from the cities volunteered as brigadistas in
the campaign; most of them were 12 to 19 years old and over half were
women. Publishers Weekly writes,
“Paterson’s story is without political agenda, focusing instead on an
improbable (and successful) literacy campaign and how it dramatically expands
the world of one sheltered but determined girl.” Ms. Paterson’s other awards include
the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s
Literature, she is well known for her work in promoting literacy in the United
States and internationally, and in 2000 the Library of Congress named her a
Ms. Paterson will make a lively presentation about her book,
followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book sale and signing.
The 2017/2018 Inprint
Margarett Root Brown Reading Series kicks off with award-winning fiction
writers Nathan Englander & Nicole Krauss.
Nathan Englander’s collection
won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named a Notable Book and an NPR Best Book
of 2012. Michael Chabon hailed the collection as “certifiable
masterpieces of contemporary short-story art.” Englander’s other works include
the story collection , the novel and the play .
He will read from his new novel, coming out in September, a political
thriller set in the conflicted Israeli-Palestinian
region. was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize,
has been translated into more than 35 languages, is, according to “one of America’s most
important novelists.” Her novel was
a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Orange Prize, and won the William Saroyan Prize
and France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Ėtranger. About her new novel coming out in September, writes, “Krauss’s elegant,
provocative, and mesmerizing novel is her best yet…. Vivid, intelligent, and
often humorous, this novel is a fascinating tour de force.”whose work
Reading followed by
on-stage interview, book sale, and signing.
2016/2017 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series concludes with internationally
celebrated Irish writer Colm Tóibín. Three times shortlisted
for the Man Booker Prize, has received critical acclaim for his short stories,
nonfiction works, plays, poetry, and novels, including Brooklyn, Nora Webster, and his latest, House of Names. Booklist, in a
starred review, describes House of Names—which
is a retelling of the legend of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon—as "brilliant...gripping...The selfish
side of human nature is...made tangible and graphic in Tóibín's lush
prose." His work has been translated into more than 30 languages.
reading will be followed by an on-stage interview conducted by novelist and
University of Houston Honors College faculty member Robert Cremins, and a book
sale and signing. Inprint
and Houston Public Media will also live stream the reading on www.inprinthouston.org and www.houstonpublicmedia.org/inprint.
An Ekphrastic Poetry Experience. Poets, join
us for this one of a kind contest, based on Allen Ginsberg’s famous
phrase “First thought best thought” which described the Beat poets’ love
for spontaneity and immediacy in the arts. You are invited to
contemplate artwork by the featured artists at Rockstar gallery and to
write a poem in response to one of the pieces. Yes, you will turn down
your inner editor and tune in to what the art says to you in the moment.
Poets will have one hour to pen an ekphrastic poem, which they will
read to an audience of listeners, posting their poem beside the piece
that inspired it. The audience will then vote on their favorite poem of
the evening. Editing is overrated! It is time to just combust!
Writefest is a week-long writers festival hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a literary journal fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors. This is the second year of the event, which is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Award-winning authors Ken Liu and Kelly Luce will be presenting keynote addresses during the festival’s weekend activities. In collaboration with Brazos Bookstore, the keynotes will also read from selected works on Friday.