Welcome to Inprint’s new blog An Open Book. For close to three decades Inprint has been lucky enough to provide Houston with readings, writing workshops, fellowships for emerging writers at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, and much more. We’ve witnessed other literary initiatives take root and flourish, and we’ve seen Houston develop into a great city for readers and writers. So much is happening in Houston’s literary scene, we can barely keep up ourselves.
Not only is there exciting local news, but Houston’s literary community has a synergistic relationship with national literary events and trends. We’re influenced by what is happening nationally, but Houston writers and our events are having a direct impact on shaping the global literary scene too, and that is something we are very proud of. We are part of it, not just a result of it.
We see this in our work every day. Our sold-out audience (and publicity and book sales) for Jeffrey Eugenides in October, according to his people, blew all his other readings out of the water. Salman Rushdie, who read for our Series last year, attracted the largest crowd he has ever had for a literary reading, right here in Houston. Novelist and Rice faculty member Justin Cronin, the featured speaker at the 2012 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, said as part of his talk, that moving to the “always changing” Houston made writing the bestselling The Passage possible for him.
Novelist and Rice faculty member Justin Cronin, the featured speaker at the 2012 Inprint Poets & Writers Ball, said as part of his talk, that moving to the “always changing” Houston made writing The Passage possible for him.
Emerging writers, such as Amber Dermont, whose novel The Starboard Sea was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review this month, won an Inprint fellowship when she was a student at the UH Creative Writing Program.
This is just the tip of (the sadly melting) iceberg. We know there is so much to talk about, mull over, and celebrate. We know you have your own ideas and thoughts to share. We invite you to join the conversation. In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking to literary Houstonians and sharing their news, events, and ideas with you. Send us story ideas, literary news tips, and leave comments. It’s all part of An Open Book.
Until next time, happy reading and writing.
Inprint staff–Rich, Marilyn, Lee, Krupa, Kristi, & Kristen