UHV announces fall ABR series author lineup

July 12, 2015 at 10:45 p.m.
Updated July 13, 2015 at 12:04 a.m.

Carole Maso, ABR Author

Carole Maso, ABR Author   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

The University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Series will kick off its 10th year with a new venue and a diverse lineup of authors.

Visiting authors will read selections from their poems, novels, essays and comics in the new Kay and Ron Walker Auditorium located inside UHV University North, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The university's new academic and economic development building is slated to open in August.

The Walkers donated $250,000 to name the 200-seat auditorium. Because of its growing popularity, the series has outgrown its previous home in the university's Alcorn Auditorium.

"The Kay and Ron Walker Auditorium will be a wonderful new home for the series," said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the UHV School of Arts and Sciences and ABR editor. "We are opening the new venue with an outstanding lineup of authors who have a wide appeal."

The authors in the fall series have taught nonfiction writing, poetry, novel writing and the history of comics. Collectively, they have appeared in a documentary, directed programming for art festivals, written jazz essays, penned a pregnancy journey and earned numerous awards.

"I'm sure the experiences and stories these authors have accumulated through the years are fascinating," Di Leo said. "I'm looking forward to them sharing their work and perspectives with our students and local community members."

All readings will take place from noon to 1 p.m. and are free and open to public.

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

ABR is a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal published six times a year. It began in 1977, moved to UHV in 2006 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 visit americanbookreview.org.


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