Pulitzer Prize–Winner Elizabeth Strout: Two Talks and a Reading

Two Wednesdays, February 5 and 12, 6:30–8:00 p.m.; Monday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. | Two Wednesdays, Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Boulevard; Monday, Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center, Texas Avenue

Elizabeth Strout is best known for her New York Times–bestselling book Olive Kitteridge, which earned her the 2009 Pulitzer Prize. Her latest novel The Burgess Boys, also a New York Times bestseller, has received rave reviews. She will read from The Burgess Boys on February 24, 2014, as part of Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, which regularly attracts crowds of up a thousand, to the amazement of New Yor publishers.

Join Katherine Center on February 5 and Maggie Galehouse on February 12 for two evenings prior to Elizabeth Strout’s appearance to discuss the author’s critically acclaimed body of work, including Amy and Isabelle, Abide with
Me, Olive Kitteridge, and The Burgess Boys. Full-course participants will also receive reserved seating–area tickets for Strout’s February 24 reading at the Wortham Center.

Houstonian Katherine Center will share her passion for Strout’s work prior to their onstage interview at the reading. Ms. Center is the author of four bittersweet novels about love and family, and she has just signed a contract with St. Martin’s Press for three more. She is a graduate of St. John’s School, Vassar College, and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.

Maggie Galehouse regularly interviews authors and writes about all things literary as the books editor for the Houston Chronicle. She grew up in New England and earned a Ph.D. in English at Temple University in Philadelphia, and decided to become a news reporter. She has reviewed books for the Houston Chronicle, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post.

February 24—This evening we will attend the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series to hear Elizabeth Strout read from her latest book, The Burgess Boys. Born in Portland, Maine,  Strout holds an English degree from Bates College and a law degree from Syracuse University. In 1998, Amy and Isabelle was published to much critical acclaim, followed by Abide with Me and Olive Kitteridge. The Burgess Boys was published in 2013.



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