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October 13, 2013
7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)

Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
501 Texas Avenue
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Tickets: $5 general admission 


PLEASE NOTE: This reading replaces the reading by Jhumpa Lahiri originally scheduled for the same date, time, and venue. Ms. Lahiri cancelled her Houston appearance because her novel The Lowland was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and she will be in London for the Man Booker Prize festivities at the time of the reading. Inprint tried to reschedule the reading with Ms. Lahiri for later in the 2013-2014 season and in 2014-2015, but Ms. Lahiri could not do so at this time. We are grateful and excited to have Ms. Danticat and Mr. Woodrell appear as part of the series.

EDWIDGE DANTICAT, the renowned Haitian-American author, comes to Houston to read from her new novel Claire of the Sea Light, which Booklist calls “a beautifully rendered portrait of longing in [a] small fishing town… in Haiti… in the luminous prose for which Danticat is known.” Michiko Kakutani writes in The New York Times, “Like Danticat’s powerful novel The Dew Breaker, this book uses overlapping tales to create an elliptical but propulsive narrative… There is something fablelike about these tales… recounted in crystalline prose that underscores the parallels in [the characters’] lives.” The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship, Danticat is the author of numerous books, including the memoir Brother, I’m Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; plus four novels and a story collection, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. She also is the author of two young adult novels and an essay collection.

DANIEL WOODRELL, author of the critically acclaimed novel (and film adaptation) Winter’s Bone, was born in Missouri. The Los Angeles Times writes of Woodrell, “If William Faulkner lived in the Ozark Mountains today and wrote short, powerful novels set in that little understood, much-maligned swath of rural America, he might sound a lot like Daniel Woodrell.” Woodrell will read from his new novel The Maid’s Version, which Newsweek calls “one more resplendent trophy on the shelf of an American master.” Sam Shepard calls The Maid's Version "stunning"; Publishers Weekly in a starred review writes, “Woodrell's evocative, lyrical ninth novel is deceptively brief and packs a shimmering, resonant, literary punch.... From an economy of poetic prose springs forth an emotionally volcanic story of family, justice, and the everlasting power of truth.” Five of his novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year; Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel, and The Death of Sweet Mister received the Clifton Fadiman Medal from the Center for Fiction.


PBS NewsHour, Sept 17, interview with Edwidge Danticat

New York Times review of Claire of the Sea Light by Michiko Kakutani, Sept 5

Review of Claire of the Sea Light by Deborah Sontag, New York Times Book Review Aug 30

New York Times Book Review Q & A with Edwidge Danticat, Aug 8

Wall Street Journal review of The Maid’s Version interview with Daniel Woodrell, Sept 10

The Daily Beast/Newsweek review of The Maid’s Version, Sept 13

NPR review of The Maid’s Version

NPR interview with Daniel Woodrell 

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