Readings by noted authors, panels on writing and publishing, music, film and even yoga are on the agenda for the Houston Indie Book Festival this Saturday. The event will be held on the lawn of The Menil Collection.
Houston Indie Book Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1533 Sul Ross St
Mat Johnson, the author of Pym, Drop and Hunting in Harlem as well as the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain, will read from his work at 2 p.m. on the Menil Bookstore deck. Johnson, who teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, has won the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
Other participants include Derrick Brown and Jason Bayani, both poets, and UH creative writing professor Aaron Reynolds. Participants in the Houston Young Writers Reading Series also will read original poems, stories and essays. The event will include a puppet show for children and performances by Bootown Theater and the music groups Thomas Hulten and the Hot Viking Dixieland Band and the line upon line percussion group from Austin.
The event is free. You can get more information here. To help get in the mood, you can celebrate the start of the festival with at Cultured Cocktails event tonight at Boheme. A portion of the bar proceeds during happy hour (5 p.m.-7 p.m.) will go to benefit the festival. You can RSVP for that here.