When InPrint celebrates a special occasion, it goes seriously big. Nothing demonstrates that more than the lineup of internationally celebrated authors the organization is bringing for its Margarett Root Brown Reading Series' 40th anniversary. It’s a group of talent sure to spark conversations in every corner of the Bayou City and beyond, thanks to a new tweak to the longstanding literary series.

"We wanted the lineup to be reflective of the time we’re in, reflect the issues that we’re all facing," associate director Krupa Parikh tells Houstonia. "I think there’s a lot in this season that people will find very relevant and moving.”

Although a smaller lineup than in previous years, this seven-event, nine-writer season, which kicks off September 21 and runs through April 2021, features an array of literary heavyweights, including Pulitzer Prize winners Viet Thanh Nguyen, Marilynne Robinson, and Jericho Brown (a former Inprint Fellow, who just so happened to earn his PhD from the University of Houston). Also making appearances are National Medal of Arts recipient Julia Alvarez, Emmy-winning screenwriter and author Nick Hornby, and PEN/Hemingway Award recipient Chang-rae Lee, among others.

In an exciting twist, all of the season’s readings will be presented live via Inprint’s “virtual studio,” so you can satisfy that literary itch whether you're in Houston or not. If safety allows, the two April readings will also be held in person—some serious icing on this book-themed anniversary cake.

See this year's full lineup below. For more information about tickets and each reading, visit inprinthouston.org

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series | 2020-2021

Sept 21: Yaa Gyasi

Oct 5: Marilynne Robinson

Oct 12: Julia Alvarez & Sigrid Nunez

Nov 8: Nick Hornby

Feb 22: Lily King & Chang-rae Lee

Apr 12: Viet Thanh Nguyen

April 26: Jericho Brown