Arts / Museums

The Biggest Arts Bargain in Houston?

Inprint’s Star-Packed Reading Series Delivers Great Value and Celebrity Authors

BY Angela Shah // 08.24.16

Back-to-school time doesn’t have to be for students only. For those of us beyond our school days, Houston’s Inprint program offers a chance to revel in reading, dissecting, and discussing some of the most compelling literature today.

Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series begins next month, once again providing a roster of fiction and nonfiction writers from September to May. The series has brought more than 100 Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book Award winners to the Bayou City in the last 36 years.

The new series kicks off on September 6 with Jonathan Safran Foer reading from his new novel, “Here I Am.” Ann Patchett and Annie Proulx will follow in the coming months. Find the entire program’s schedule here.

One of the things I’ve appreciated about Inprint’s program is the effort the organization makes to bring a diverse set of voices to Houston. This year’s roster includes Lebanese-American writer and painter Rabih Alameddine and American poet Ada Limón.

The program is also about more than author readings. Inprint runs a cluster of programs designed to promote literacy across the community. These include fellowships to writing students at the University of Houston, as well as “Teachers-as-Writers” workshops and “Memoir Workshops for Senior Citizens. Inprint also puts on the “Cool Brains!” series of author readings for middle school children.

The price of entry is a steal: $5 general admission. At $180, a season subscription is the best deal in Houston’s arts community and come with added perks like reserved section seating, a copy of Foer’s novel, and access to a special book-signing line.

Inprint is an important part of the Houston arts scene, and I look forward to listening in on the conversation.

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