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UHV/American Book Review releases spring 2015 series lineup

Dec. 12, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.

Some big names are coming to Victoria as part of the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review's Spring 2015 Reading Series, including two authors whose work have appeared on television or film and a Pulitzer Prize-nominated poet.

The ABR series is beginning its eighth year in Victoria. It has developed a significant local following and sees a large amount of community participation at each event. This series will bring in another group of stellar authors and should again see strong community involvement, said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts and Sciences and editor of American Book Review.

"The American Book Review is privileged to once again host so many talented and award-winning authors," Di Leo said. "We look forward to bringing these individuals to share their work and inspiration with the Victoria community and learning from their writing and experience."

Nick Flynn, the first speaker in the series, saw his 2004 memoir turned into a film starring Robert De Niro. Stephen Harrigan, the third author in the series, is also a screenwriter who wrote "King of Texas," which aired on TNT. In addition, Alice Notley, the last author in the series, has seen her poems used in the music of an indie pop band.

"One of the things we highlight when we invite authors for the series is the diversity of American literature," said Jeffrey Sartain, ABR managing editor and assistant professor in the UHV School of Arts and Sciences. "We try to bring in a mix of fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers from a variety of backgrounds. This all speaks to the mission of ABR to get away from mainstream commercial writing and get into the writing that represents people and where literature is going."

Three of the authors in the spring series are from Texas, and each of the five writers has a unique style and medium. From memoirs to historical fiction and poetry, all are award winners and nominees who have made an impact on American literature.

"I think this is an absolutely fantastic selection of writers," Sartain said. "This will be one of the best semesters we've ever had. They all do amazing work, and they're going to bring that work to the Victoria community. I'm very excited about this series."

The free readings 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.

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 during his visit.

ABR is a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal 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.

For more information about the UHV/ABR Reading Series, call the ABR office at 361-570-4101 or go to americanbookreview.org.


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