Brazos is putting the Margaret in the 40th anniversary season of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. In a surprise announcement earlier this week, the bookstore revealed it will be hosting a virtual reading with legendary writer Margaret Atwood as part of its longstanding partnership with the literary nonprofit.
“We have been connected at the hip since 1980,” says Inprint Executive Director Rich Levy of Brazos Bookstore. “They’ve been selling books at our readings since the beginning, and this was the perfect opportunity for a special event.”
Thanks in no small part to Hulu’s wildly popular adaptation, most recognize Atwood for her fictitious dystopian world in The Handmaid’s Tale. What they might not realize is that she actually began her career as a poet and has continued to publish collections throughout her long (and seriously award-winning) literary career. During her upcoming virtual visit, which is slated for November 14, Atwood will discuss Dearly, her first poetry collection in more than a decade. Like the best poetic works, the new collection explores classic themes of love, loss, the passage of time … and zombies.
Of course, this isn’t Atwood’s first visit to the Bayou City. Inprint fans will remember her previous readings at the Museum of Fine Art in 2000 and the Wortham Center in 2012. “We had so many people show up to that first reading that the line went up the stairs, out the door, and around the block,” Levy recalls. The second time, “we filled the theater." Luckily, no Houstonian will be getting turned away this time—a virtual event means infinite seats.
Atwood’s upcoming appearance isn’t Brazos’s only book-related news. The independent bookstore will also be hosting a virtual event with best-selling author Chelsea Clinton and Nicole Jeter West of LA28, the organizing committee that will bring the Olympics back to U.S. soil in just a few years’ time. The event, slated for September 30, will center around Clinton’s new children’s book, She Persisted in Sports: American Olympians Who Changed the Game, which drops later this month.
From $27.99 (price includes ticket and a copy of the new book). Online. More info at brazosbookstore.com.