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Upcoming Events

Young Writers Reading Series: Blooms
Saturday, May 4, 11:30 am
(Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street)
Presented by Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston. This event will feature WITS students in grades K – 12 reading original poems, stories, and essays on stage.
 
Lupe Mendez reads from Why I Am Like Tequila
Sunday, May 5, 7pm
(Rec Room Houston, 100 Jackson Street)
Están invitados a una noche de celebración para el poeta Lupe Méndez.

Come celebrate a decade's worth of work with poets, food, drinks, music, book sales, a signing and a special surprise for Lupe Mendez! This is the official launch for Lupe Mendez’s debut poetry collection “Why I’m Like Tequila” (Willow Books).
 
Sehba Sarwar reads from Black Wings
Monday, May 6, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Spanning two continents, Black Wings is the story of Laila and Yasmeen, a mother and daughter, who struggle to meet across the generations, cultures, and secrets that separate them. Their shared grief, as well as the common bond of unhappiness in their marriages, allows them to reconnect after seventeen years of frustration, anger and misunderstandings.
 
Ching-In Chen, Amanda Galvan Huynh, & Addie Tsai read from Of Color: Poets’ Ways of Making
Monday, May 13, 6pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
This collection asks:
How do poets of color come to know what they do about their art and practice? How do they learn from and teach others? For poets of color, what does the relationship of “what one knows” have, with conditions extending but not limited to publishing, mentorship and pedagogy, comradeship and collegiality, friendship, love, and possibility? Is one a real poet if one does not have an MFA? For minority poets not considered part of the mainstream because of the combined effects of their ethnic, class, racial, cultural, linguistic, and other identities, what should change in order to accord them the space and respect they deserve? How best can they discuss with and pass on what they have learned to others?
 
Marion Barthelme Lecture: Lucy Lippard
Friday, May 17, 7pm
(The Menil Collection)
Working from her own lived experience in a New Mexico village and inspired by gravel pits in the landscape, Lippard weaves a number of fascinating themes—among them fracking, mining, land art, adobe buildings, ruins, Indian land rights, the Old West, tourism, photography, and water—into a tapestry that illuminates the relationship between culture and the land. From threatened Native American sacred sites to the history of uranium mining, she offers a skeptical examination of the “subterranean economy.”
 
Books Alive! 10th Annual Children’s Book Celebration
Saturday, May 18, 10am
(Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza)
Families are invited to enjoy a day of free activities including author presentations, performances, interactive demonstrations, prizes, games, and more. All activities are free!
 
Rodrigo Hasbun reads from Las Palabras
Monday, May 20, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
Rodrigo Hasbún is a Bolivian novelist. In 2007, he was selected by the Hay Festival as one of the best Latin American writers under the age of thirty-nine for Bogotá39, and in 2010 he was named one of Granta’s Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists. He will be reading from his latest book, “Las palabras, textos de ocasión” and have a conversation  with Rose Mary Salum, director of Literal Publishing.
 
Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers
Monday, May 20 – Friday, May 24
(UH Campus, MD Anderson Library)
Boldface was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston.  Our goal is to give emerging writers an experience that is usually available only to professional writers: several days of intense focus on the craft of writing through workshops, readings, and craft talks.
 
Celeste Ng reads from Little Fires Everywhere
Tuesday, May 21, 7pm
(St. Paul’s Houston, 5501 Main Street)
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 
 
Writers in the Schools: The Watchful Eye Reading
Wednesday, May 22, 7pm
(The Menil Collection)
Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Menil Collection for an evening of student readings, Wednesday, May 22 at 7 pm at the Menil Collection. The Watchful Eye features the poems and prose of WITS students, grades K-12, inspired by works exhibited at the Menil.
 
Oscar Cásares reads from Where We Come From
Wednesday, May 22, 7pm
(Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet Street)
From the acclaimed author of Brownsville and Amigoland—a stunning and timely new novel about a Mexican American family in Brownsville, Texas, who reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States.
 
Poison Pen Reading Series
Thursday, May 30, 8:30 pm
(Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer Rd)
Founded and currently organized by UH Creative Writing students and alumni, Poison Pen was voted Houston’s Best Reading Series in 2014 by the Houston Press. Poison Pen brings in three readers on the last Thursday of each month. Poison Pen’s readers are locally and nationally recognizable writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.