Viet Thanh Nguyen

INPRINT, HOUSTON'S PREMIER literary arts nonprofit organization, hosts a virtual event with MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Tonight's livestream, available through Inprint's website, is the latest edition of the renowned literary organization's 40th-anniversary Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, which has seen prominent writers like Margaret Atwood, Nick Hornby and Kazuo Ishiguro present live virtual readings of their works to Houston literary fans over the past year through Inprint's new "virtual studio."

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poet francine j. harris — who prefers her name be spelled all lowercase

THIS YEAR, TWO Houstonians were nominated for National Book Critics Circle Awards which, along with the Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Awards, are among the most prestigious literary awards given each year. Bryan Washington, who won numerous awards for his 2019 debut collection of short stories, Lot, was a finalist for the NBCC award in Fiction for his 2020 novel Memorial. And the poet francine j. harris — who prefers her name be spelled all lowercase — was a finalist for the NBCCC prize for poetry for her third collection, Here is the Sweet Hand. On Thursday, harris won!

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