I’m a sucker for debut novelists, so if I could break away from my desk midday, I would hustle over to Holy Grounds Coffee, located inside St. David’s Episcopal Church, to hear from Mary Helen Specht, author of Migratory Animals. The moving, if melancholy, story grapples with notions of home, family and belonging. See event details here.
Christina Soontornvat, author of The Changelings (Sept. 10 at 3 pm at BookPeople
Local author Christina Soontornvat is a generous supporter of fellow writers. I had the pleasure of getting to know her a bit during the Writing Barn’s Perfecting the Picture Book I course this summer. As a teacher, Christina brings great enthusiasm, attention to craft and sensitivity to her critique of student work. I’m excited to hear more about her own writing process when she takes the mic at BookPeople this month. See event details here.
Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Here I Am (Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. at St. Edwards)
The Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series at St. Edwards brings Foer to town to read from and discuss his new novel Here I Am. I’ve read his nonfiction book Eating Animals, an eye-opening exploration of our often senseless eating habits, and look forward to learning more about his fiction. See event details here.
Poetry on the Plaza: Homer’s Odyssey Reading (Sept. 21 at noon at UT)
Who doesn’t enjoy being read to? Hear Paul O’Mahony, on tour with Actors From The London Stage, read from Homer’s Odyssey and modern poems about refugees, homecoming, and the sea. See event details here.
Marlon James, author of the Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings (Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at UT)
Finally, a chance to hear novelist Marlon James discuss his writing motivations. Signed books will be available for purchase at the event. Enough said. See event details here.
Bonus Event: Reading Between the Wines at The Mansion on Oct. 28
I serve on the board of the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas and would like to extend an invitation for you to attend the group’s signature event, Reading Between the Wines. The event will feature a live auction of wines curated by award-winning sommeliers Mark Sayre and June Rodil, food and drink tastings from local restaurants, a DJ and a silent auction.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2016RBTW. To purchase tickets, click on BUY TICKETS. Click on “Enter promotional code” and enter my discount code—SMART16—to receive my special discounted price!
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