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Celebrated young writer will be last speaker for spring reading series

By APRILL BRANDON
April 18, 2010 at 1:03 p.m.
Updated April 17, 2010 at 11:18 p.m.


IF YOU GO

What: American Book Review reading series

When: Noon Thursday

Where: Alcorn Auditorium at the University of Houston-Victoria, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

Cost: Free

Is there anything Bret Anthony Johnston can't do?

After a quick look at his credentials, it wouldn't appear that way. The author of the internationally acclaimed "Corpus Christi: Stories" and editor of "Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer," Johnston has taken the literary world by storm already in his young career.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Johnston is the next speaker for the American Book Review reading series on Thursday.

Johnston is a graduate of Miami University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

One of the most celebrated young writers today, Johnston's book was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times, as well as received The Southern Review's Annual Short Fiction Award, the Texas Institute of Letters' Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize, and the James Michener Fellowship.

Johnston is also the recipient of the Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. In 2006, he received a National Book Award for writers under 35.

As if all that wasn't enough, Johnston's work also regularly appears in magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, The Oxford American and The Paris Review. He has also written essays for Slate.com and is a regular contributor to the National Public Radio's segment "All Things Considered."

Oh, and he also happens to currently be the director of creative writing at Harvard and an avid skateboarder for almost 20 years.

Yes, there pretty much isn't anything Johnston can't do.

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