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American Book Review announces authors for 2013 Spring Reading Series

Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.

Tim R. Hernandez

ABR 2013 schedule:

Naomi Shihab Nye - Jan. 31

Nye is an award-winning poet, novelist and songwriter. Her work gives voice to her experience as an Arab American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit.

Manuel Martinez - Feb. 21

Martinez is a novelist, literary critic and college professor. A San Antonio native, Martinez is a professor of American and Chicano literature at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Jess Walter - March 21

Walter is a journalist and novelist who specializes in true crime subjects, such as serial killings and the O.J. Simpson trial. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Spokane Spokesman-Review and Newsweek.

Cristina García - April 11

García is a distinguished journalist and fiction writer who has served as an important Cuban-American voice in American literature. She is a professor and chairwoman of creative writing at Texas State University.

Tim Z. Hernandez - April 25

Hernandez is a former painter who later shifted his career to writing and performance art. Hernandez's performances have been featured at the Getty Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dixon Experimental Theater in NYC and many other venues.

The spring 2013 University of Houston-Victoria American Book Review Reading Series will feature authors who specialize in poetry, crime drama and the lives of Mexican- and Cuban-Americans.

The nationally recognized series completes its seventh year with an eclectic group of authors who have rich writing, teaching and cultural experiences.

The lineup is punctuated by the winner of the 2006 American Book Award.

Tim Z. Hernandez, who will visit April 25, won the prestigious award for "Skin Tax," his debut collection of poetry.

"Hernandez was a former painter who later shifted his career to writing and performance art," said ABR managing editor Jeffrey Sartain. "Needless to say, this should be a highly entertaining reading."

His debut novel, "Breathing, In Dust," received the 2010 Premio Aztlán Prize in fiction from the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

He lives in Colorado and works for the state affiliate of the National Library of Congress.

Other writers for the UHV/ABR Spring Reading Series include: Naomi Shihab Nye, Manuel Martinez, Jess Walter and Cristina García.

Nye received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for her book of poems, "You and Yours," and has written "19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East," "Fuel," "Red Suitcase" and "Hugging the Jukebox."

Martinez is the author of "Crossing," "Drift" and "Day of the Dead." His fiction writing primarily is about the lives of Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants.

Walter is a journalist who won the Edgar Allan Poe award for best novel by the Mystery Writers of America for his 2005 novel, "Citizen Vince."

García left Time magazine in the early 1990s to write her first book, "Dreaming In Cuba," which chronicles three generations of a Cuban family.

ABR is a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal that is published six times a year.

It began in 1977, moved to UHV in 2007 and has a circulation of about 8,000. The journal specializes in reviews of works published by small presses.

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