From major authors reading from their latest award-winners to aspiring authors wanting to share their work, if you want it, you’ll find it here in Houston.
The big name, of course, is Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, which brings in the heavy hitters. Last fall, Jeffrey Eugenides, Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen stopped by, and this month Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr reads from his World War II novel, All the Light We Cannot See (Jan. 25).
Our local independent bookstores all host readings and have loyal followings. Stalwarts Brazos Bookstore and Murder by the Book, located within a stone’s throw of each other in Rice Village, each bring in the crowds with, respectively, literary readings (think Robert Jensen and Margaret Lazarus Dean) and crime and mystery authors (such as Don Winslow).
The Houston Public Library system regularly offers readings and lectures by local and national authors and poets. Last year, HPL featured Congressman John Lewis, who read from his civil rights memoir March to a crowd of thousands. On the first Saturday of each month, branches throughout the city host readings, lectures and poetry slams by area teens.
In Sixth Ward’s thriving arts district, Nuestra Palabra hosts a monthly reading series highlighting local Latino writers. The group, which meets on the first Thursday of every month at MECA, has featured everyone from comedian George Lopez to actor Edward James Olmos to novelist Sandra Cisneros.
Finally, there are a couple of good options for fans of local literature—and beer. Montrose’s Rudyard’s Pub hosts a monthly reading series organized by Gulf Coast, the University of Houston–based literary journal, that showcases aspiring poets and fiction writers, and Poison Girl’s monthly series, Poison Pen, returns this month with a reading by poet Jonathan Moody.