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UHV/ABR spring author lineup draws on heritage, identity

Jan. 16, 2014 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 15, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.

Marilyn Chin

The award-winning authors scheduled to talk during University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review's Spring 2014 Reading Series address their own heritage and identity in their writings.

Cultural assimilation will be a repeated theme during the Spring Reading Series. Several of the authors have written about how they adjusted to living in foreign settings.

"Heritage and identity are important topics for any writer," said Jeffrey Sartain, ABR managing editor and assistant professor in the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. "It is not surprising that many of the best writers in the country are dealing with these subjects. Everyone has a different story to tell, and everyone's individual story helps us create the picture of who we are and what literature means in our time."

The ABR lineup includes a Flannery O'Connor Award winner, a Pushcart Prize winner and a National Book Award finalist.

"The collective works of these authors is impressive," said Jeffrey Di Leo, ABR editor/publisher and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. "The awards they have won speak for themselves. We are in for another great semester of readings. I think our students and area residents will enjoy hearing from the authors. There's something for just about everyone."

Sartain said he's excited about the range of writing displayed by the invited authors.

"We have a great mix of different kinds of writing," he said. "People attending the spring series are going to hear fantastic poetry, fiction and essays from authors who are really skilled at presenting their work."

The free readings in the Spring Reading Series are scheduled to begin at noon in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The public is invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served.

Authors will be available after each reading to sign copies of their books, which can be purchased at the events. Each author will meet with students and attend functions in the community.

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