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UH presents Michael Snediker, Jenny Molberg, Christian Bancroft
Friday, April 27, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Jenny Molberg and Christian Bancroft will be joined by UH’s Michael Snediker for this evening of readings. Recent books by Molberg and Snediker will be available for signing! Wine and snacks will be served!
 
Filling in the Gaps: Historical Research in Creative Writing
A Workshop & Reading With Claire Fuqua Anderson
Monday, April 30, 2 pm Workshop / 5:30 pm Reading
(MD Anderson Library, Honors Commons, UH Campus)
Creative writers of all genres are invited to learn how historical (or other) research can enhance creative writing—or bog it down with information. Houston writer and award-winning teacher Claire Fuqua Anderson shares strategies and pitfalls of incorporating research into creative work in a three-hour workshop, followed by a reading from her novel in progress set in Texas during the Dust Bowl. Workshop participants will interact with archived materials from Special Collections in M.D. Anderson Library at the University of Houston.

Due to limited space, the workshop will be capped at fifteen. Email clairefa@gmail.com to RSVP for the workshop. The workshop and reading are free and open to the public. This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Claire Fuqua Anderson is a graduate of the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She is an English Lecturer at the University of Houston and teaches at Grackle & Grackle Writing Enterprises. She is currently working on a novel set in Texas during the Dust Bowl.
 
Tom Perrotta reads from Mrs. Fletcher
Thursday, May 3, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Tom Perrotta’s New York Times bestselling novel MRS. FLETCHER delivers a penetrating and hilarious novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars.
Perrotta will be in conversation with author Antonya Nelson
 
Gregory Pardlo reads from Air Traffic
Wednesday, May 9, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo’s long-awaited memoir AIR TRAFFIC is his deeply-felt ode to his father Greg Sr. and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family, and a searing examination of how manhood is shaped in contemporary American life.
 
Amanda Johnston reads from Another Way to Say Enter
Saturday, May 12, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Amanda Johnston’s debut collection of poetry, ANOTHER WAY TO SAY ENTER, offers readers a glimpse of scenes that distill moments to their essence and challenge notions of what it means to fully examine a life.
Amanda Johnston will be reading with Jonathan Moody
 
Katherine Center reads from How to Walk Away
Tuesday, May 15, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
From the author of HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. Sometimes love finds us in the most unlikeliest places. HOW TO WALK AWAY is Katherine Center at her very best!
 
Jesmyn Ward reads from Sing, Unburied, Sing
Wednesday, May 16, 7pm
(St. Paul’s Methodist Church)
Two-time National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward presents SING, UNBURIED, SING. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, SING, UNBURIED, SING journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power and limitations of family bonds. Ward brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first century America.
 
Aja Gabel reads from The Ensemble
Thursday, May 17, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
University of Houston graduate Aja Gabel’s debut novel, THE ENSEMBLE, gives a riveting look into the high-stakes and cutthroat world of musicians. This addictive novel follows the Van Ness Quartet, comprised of four young friends Jana, Brit, Daniel, and Henry, as they navigate a competitive landscape and make sense of their complex relationship as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives.
 
Michael Ondaatje reads from Warlight
Thursday, May 17, 7pm
(St. Paul’s Methodist Church)
From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of Man Booker-winner THE ENGLISH PATIENT, Michael Ondaatje presents his new novel WARLIGHT. Set in the decade after the Second World War, WARLIGHT tells the dramatic story of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. This is a ticketed event and will be presented offsite at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
Ondaatje will be in conversation with Alexander Parsons from the UH Creative Writing Program
 
Dickson Lam reads from Paper Sons
Thursday, May 17, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Dickson Lam’s memoir PAPER SONS is a Chinese American’s coming-of-age story set in a public housing project in San Francisco. Maxine Hong Kingston meets Junot Díaz in this fresh twist on the Asian American immigrant family narrative.
 
Rachel Kushner reads from The Mars Room
Thursday, May 17, 7pm
(Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church)
Two-time National Book Award-nominated author Rachel Kushner presents her new novel THE MARS ROOM, a heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. Romy Hall begins her new life at the start of two consecutive life sentences. Inside a new reality where inmates hustle for bare essentials, the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners, Kushner illustrates institutional living in startling contrast to the world outside.
Rachel Kushner will be in conversation with J. Bradford Hipps (THE ADVENTURIST)

Boldface Writers’ Conference
Monday, May 23 – Friday, May 27
(UH Honors College)
Boldface was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston, as a conference devoted exclusively to developing writers (i.e., anyone who has not studied creative writing at the graduate level is welcome).

Poison Pen Reading Series 
Thursday, May 31, 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.