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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Literary talent returns for another round

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Aug. 12, 2013 at 3:12 a.m.


Every year, the University of Houston-Victoria's American Book Review reading series brings in amazing talent to Victoria. Members of the community are able to hear and experience the work of famous authors, poets and literary artists straight from the creators.

Last year, residents were treated to the talents of Steve Tomasula, Paisley Rekdal, Mat Johnson, Norma Cantu and Jake Adam York. Every speaker held a public reading and discussion of their work and spent time with the students and faculty of the University of Houston-Victoria as part of the series.

This will be the eighth year of the American Book Review, and we are excited to see this year's lineup. Starting in September, UHV will welcome:

Elizabeth Hand, who has authored almost two dozen books, short story collections and comic books and is best known for her work examining values and the nature of survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

Rosemary Catacalos, who is the author of two poem books that regularly focus on her mixed Mexican and Greek heritage and is the 2013 Poet Laureate of Texas.

Brian Evenson, who uses fiction focused on brutality, violence and hypocrisy to critique contemporary values.

Christopher Howell, who has authored 10 books of poetry, essays, edits an anthology and was a military journalist during the Vietnam War.

Paul Ruffin, who writes short stories, novels and poetry that often focus on the people, landscape and attitudes of the South.

We are excited to know such talented writers will be coming to Victoria. Every year, residents have filled the Alcorn Auditorium to see and hear the work of people who have been recognized by their academic peers as masters of their craft. We applaud UHV for establishing this series eight years ago and for bringing these talented individuals to our community.

Every year, the series has standing-room-only crowds that attend the speakers' discussions and readings. We encourage our readers to take advantage of this free opportunity to meet award-winning authors in person and hear them share excerpts of their work. Even if you are not familiar with the writer or their work, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you hear and learn. You might even find a new favorite author.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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