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Inprint Brown Reading Series 2007-08 season lineup announced

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The Inprint Brown Reading Series season lineup has been announced. My personal highlights include Michael Chabon and Dave Eggers, founder of publishing house McSweeney’s whose Internet Tendency is a daily read. See the Inprint Houston website for more information.

Houston Chronicle: Inprint Brown Reading Series

• Oct. 15: Richard Powers and Jennifer Egan. Powers (The Gold Bug Variations; The Echo Maker) often incorporates science, medicine and technology into tales fraught with emotional and moral complexity. Egan’s novels include Look at Me and, most recently, The Keep.
• Nov. 12: Elizabeth Alexander and Taha Muhammad Ali. Alexander’s poetry collections include The Venus Hottentot and American Sublime. Ali is a leading figure on the contemporary Palestinian literary scene. His books include So What: New and Selected Poems.
• Jan. 21: Vikram Chandra and Mayra Montero. Indian-born Chandra, an alumnus of University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, is author most recently of Sacred Games, a 900-page epic of crime and corruption in contemporary Mumbai. Cuban-born Montero is author of nine novels, including Dancing to “Almendra,” set in Mafia-dominated, pre-Castro Havana.
• Feb. 17: Dave Eggers and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Eggers’ memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, launched his career in 2000. McSweeney’s, his literary journal and publishing house, has become a leading platform for up-and-coming writers. Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the 2007 Orange Prize. New York magazine described it as “like Gone With the Wind, except in Nigeria.” This reading will be at Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center.
• March 31: Alice McDermott and Laura Restrepo. McDermott won the National Book Award for her novel Charming Billy. Restrepo, from Colombia, is a leading figure in contemporary Latin American fiction. Delirium (2007) is her latest novel translated into English. This reading will be at Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.
• April 12: Robert Hass. A former U.S. poet laureate, Hass has a new collection out in October, Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005.

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  1. [...] Houston is not, to my mind, a particularly literary town, that is to say, it defies one to write about it. It has no deficit of aspiration of course and has played host to many a worthy practitioner – minimalist kingpin Donald Barthelme, poets Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Cynthia MacDonald, Vassar Miller, and of course Larry McMurtry – and a whole flotilla of authors I’ve neglected or am not aware of. [...]

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