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American Book Review announces fall reading series lineup

Aug. 15, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.

John Dufresne

Next talkJohn Dufresne's free talk will begin at noon Sept. 2, in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The public is invited to attend.

The fifth year of the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Fall Reading Series begins Sept. 2.

The series opens with John Dufresne and will feature four other authors, including a sought-after creative writing guru, an award-winning young adult novelist from Corpus Christi, and a Fulbright-winning literary activist, according to a University of Houston-Victoria news release.

"We're very proud to be launching the fifth year of the ABR Reading Series with an extraordinary mix of authors," Jeffrey Di Leo, ABR editor/publisher and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences, said. "They are looking forward to coming to Victoria to share their knowledge of writing."

Dufresne, who teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Florida International University in Miami, has written several books and collections, including "Louisiana Power & Light," "Love Warps the Mind a Little," "Deep in the Shade of Paradise" and "Requiem, Mass."

He also has written two writers' guides: "The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction" and "Is Life Like This?: A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months," which was released earlier this year.

"UHV and ABR are proud to welcome Mr. Dufresne, who possesses that rarest of combinations: the talents to be a great writer and a great teacher of writing," Thomas Williams, an ABR associate editor and chair of the Humanities Division in the UHV School of Arts & Sciences, said. "Anyone interested in hearing about how fiction comes to life on the page will be well served to attend his presentation."

Other writers scheduled for the Fall Reading Series are:

Sept. 23 - Diana López: Corpus Christi native López is the author of the popular pre-teen novel "Confetti Girl," which was recently released by Little, Brown and Co. Her short fiction has been featured in Chicago Quarterly Review, The Sycamore Review, New Texas and Texas Monthly. Her first novel, "Sofia's Saints," was published in 2002 and featured in the anthology "Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature."

Oct. 21 - Amelia Gray: Gray's writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, DIAGRAM and Caketrain, among others. Her book, "Museum of the Weird," is coming out in September through Fiction Collective Two, an alternative press with executive offices at UHV.

Nov. 4 - Ann Weisgarber: Inspired by a cookstove in a South Dakota sod dugout and a photograph of an unnamed woman, Weisgarber spent seven years writing "The Personal History of Rachel DuPree." She is working on her next novel, a story about the 1900 Galveston hurricane.

Dec. 2 - E. Ethelbert Miller: Miller, a literary activist, is the board chairman of the Institute for Policy Studies and a board member of The Writer's Center and is editor of Poet Lore magazine. His novel, "In Search of Color Everywhere," was awarded the 1994 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection. In 2004, Miller received a prestigious Fulbright award to visit Israel.

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