Houstonians have a dozen new must-read books from the latest Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.
Announced Monday evening, Inprint's three-decade tradition continues to bring top literary talent to Houston. Included this year are familiar faces like Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart, who have both appeared previously at Inprint, as well as rising literary stars like Tommy Orange, the Native American writer whose debut novel, There There, has been widely hailed as the book of the summer.
Other highlights: Esi Edugyan reads from Washington Black, her third novel that questions whether a former slave can ever truly be free, alongside veteran Meg Wolitzer, whose 11th novel, The Female Persuasion, was hailed by Kirkus as "a feminist blockbuster." Poet Claudia Rankine will read from her 2014 book-length lyric Citizen shortly before National Book Award finalist Carmen Giménez Smith recites poetry in tandem with Houston's own Fady Joudah. Oprah-approved Tayari Jones will also return to the Bayou City to cap off the season with a reading from her most recent novel, An American Marriage.
You can find the full lineup—including dates—listed below.
Additionally, Inprint announced the first portion of its Cool Brains! series geared toward younger readers. So far, Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo will read her memoir focusing on her path to becoming a NASA rocket scientist, while Jason Reynolds is on deck with Lu, the fourth installment in the Track series following a group of children recruited to an elite track team.
Tickets for each reading are on sale starting August 1, with more information available at inprinthouston.org.
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series | 2018-2019
September 24: Esi Edugyan and Meg Wolitzer
October 22: Barbara Kingsolver
November 12: Jonathan Lethem and Gary Shteyngart
January 14: Claudia Rankine
February 26: Valeria Luiselli and Tommy Orange
March 25: Carmen Giménez Smith and Fady Joudah
April 22: Tayari Jones and Richard Powers
Inprint Cool Brains! Series | 2018-2019
September 16: Sylvia Acevedo
November 4: Jason Reynolds