American Book Review announces visiting authors for fall
"Our goal, of course, is to attract speakers of the highest caliber, but competition for these limelight writers is fierce," ABR Managing Editor Charles Alcorn said. "Fortunately, this is our third season, and we've received glowing word-of-mouth from our 14 previous speakers. Apparently, the buzz around the literary circuit is that Victoria is this very genteel, fun, kind-of-funky place to read."
Herzinger's talk, "Donald Barthelme: Finding a Place Where Everything is Different," will begin at noon in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV's University West Building, 3007 N. Ben Wilson. The free event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Other writers scheduled during the UHV/ABR Fall Reading Series are:
"We have quite a lineup of authors coming to Victoria within the next four months," said Jeffrey Di Leo, ABR editor/publisher and dean of the UHV School of Arts & Sciences. "UHV faculty, staff and students, and area residents will have access to some of the nationally recognized writers, poets, historians and cultural critics who are reviewed in the pages of the American Book Review."
"It's a tribute to the community, and their enthusiastic response to the reading series, that we can attract people with this depth and range of knowledge. Victoria is on the literary map because of such steadfast community support."
While in Victoria, the reading series authors will attend roundtable discussions with UHV faculty and students, make classroom visits to area schools, give lectures open to the community, and go to receptions hosted by Friends of ABR patrons. Past speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Oshinsky, author and Iranian refugee Farnoosh Moshiri and American Book Award recipient Graciela Limon.
"I am honored to have the reading series and the American Book Review based at UHV," President Tim Hudson said. "Critical literacy is such an important issue, and I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of listening to and meeting these talented writers who will no doubt inspire us to read more, to read a variety of genres and to read with more discernment."
ABR is a nonprofit, internationally distributed literary journal that is published six times a year. It began in 1977, moved to UHV in 2006 and now 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 Alcorn at 361-570-4100.
The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.