Year in Reading

How I Read 163 Books in 2018—And What I Learned

One writer reflects on a year in the literary life and why he finally brought his reading habits into the 21st century.

12/13/2018 By Ryan Pait

Read me

7 Books to Put on Your Holiday Shopping List

We narrow it down so you'll find something for everyone.

11/26/2018 By Ryan Pait

Beginnings of a Soul

Gary Shteyngart Marvels at the 'Obliviousness' of the Powerful

We talk with the author about Lake Success, his newest novel inescapably molded by today's political moment.

11/09/2018 By Ryan Pait

what not to 'wear'

Jonathan Lethem on America, Robert Mitchum, and Very Bad Interviews

The author of The Feral Detective chats ahead of his Houston appearance.

11/07/2018 By Ryan Pait

Life Sentence

Rachel Kushner Wants You to Understand What It's Like on the Inside

The two-time National Book Award finalist reads from her new novel, The Mars Room, that delves into California prison life.

05/22/2018 By Ryan Pait

Shero

A 'Prophetic and Witchy' Dream Led to Paula McLain's Love and Ruin

Turns out Martha Gellhorn was just as exciting as her former husband Ernest Hemingway.

05/16/2018 By Ryan Pait

SATC

Aja Gabel's The Ensemble Follows Four Friends Across a Quarter-Century

Ahead of a Brazos reading, Gabel talks her debut novel, which she mostly wrote from her apartment here in the Heights.

05/14/2018 By Ryan Pait

Poor brendan

Tom Perrotta Loves a Naughty Text Message

The author of Election and The Leftovers comes to Houston to read from Mrs. Fletcher, now out in paperback.

05/02/2018 By Ryan Pait

National Poetry Month

Kevin Prufer Explains Why Poetry Is Important

Prufer talks ahead of his reading, the final event in the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

04/23/2018 By Ryan Pait

Ball is Life

This Basketball Poet Just Might Get Your Kid Excited About Verse

Newbery-winning poet Kwame Alexander comes to Houston to talk his new novel, Rebound.

04/19/2018 By Ryan Pait

Not all Bad

Climate Change is Probably Worse Than You Think, But Let's Not Freak Out About It

William T. Vollmann, a National Book Award winner, arrives in Houston with his two-volume explainer on the realities of and possibilities for Earth's climate future.

04/12/2018 By Ryan Pait

Westword

Obama-Approved Mohsin Hamid Comes to Houston

The celebrated author of Exit West reads Tuesday at Christ Church Cathedral.

04/09/2018 By Ryan Pait

Happiness

Aminatta Forna Talks Happiness, Immigration, and Why She Sometimes Pees Standing Up

It was all for research, explains the visiting author.

03/20/2018 By Ryan Pait

Not Kimberly

Tayari Jones On An American Marriage, the Budget Theory of Writing, and Being Oprah's New Fave

The novelist discusses her recent book ahead of a Brazos Bookstore reading.

03/07/2018 By Ryan Pait

Multiplicities

Paul Auster Is Sorry His Book Is So Long

The author of the massive 4 3 2 1 talks craft and process ahead of his Houston reading.

02/09/2018 By Ryan Pait

Year in Reading

I Read 156 Books This Year. Here Are 3 Things I Learned.

"I think that's how and why I read so much: the possibility of discovering something that will grab me, shake me, and even change me."

12/27/2017 By Ryan Pait

Reading is cool!

These Are The Books We Loved in 2017

In a year when we needed books more than ever, one writer shares some favorite fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in 2017.

12/20/2017 By Ryan Pait

Teenage Dream

This Novel by Claire Messud Will Make You Rethink Your Teenage Years

The author of The Burning Girl talked to us ahead of her Houston reading.

10/31/2017 By Ryan Pait

Literature

Nicole Krauss Talks Forest Dark and the Urgency of Literature in a Post-Harvey City

Krauss will discuss her new book alongside Nathan Englander to kick off the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

09/13/2017 By Ryan Pait