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ABOUT BECOME A MORE-INVOLVED LITERARY CITIZEN
Writing and reading may be solitary acts, but their survival depends upon a thriving, supportive literary community. Now more than ever, we need vibrant conversations about great, challenging books and stories. This panel will discuss the importance of reading groups, book reviews, journals, and literary events and share practical ways to support them.
Join the Writers’ League of Texas on the second floor of BookPeople to explore how everyone can join and participate in the literary community, with four panelists:
ABOUT NORA COMSTOCK
Nora Comstock is the National Founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club/Teleconference Series, and Las Comadres Para Las Americas compiled anthology. The National Book Foundation awarded the Book Club the Innovations in Reading in 2014. She was a partner in creating the Comadres/Compadres Writers Conference, which takes place in New York City at The New School. The first conference was held in 2012. In 2015 they held their first Writing Master Class. She has recently been elected to a six-year term (unpaid) of the Austin Community College Board of Trustees..
ABOUT OWEN EGERTON
Owen Egerton is the author of Everyone Says That at the End of the World, How Best to Avoid Dying, and The Book of Harold, the Illegitimate Son of God, which was optioned by Warner Bros. Television. As a screenwriter Egerton has written for Fox, Warner Bros., and Disney studios. His wrote and directed the feature film Follow and is set to write and direct the hit television series American Horror Story. Owen was voted Best Local Author by The Austin Chronicle and is one of the talents behind the award-winning Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre. He hosts the monthly Austin reading series, One Page Salon.
ABOUT REBECCA MARKOVITS
Rebecca Markovits was born in Austin and grew up in Texas, London, and Berlin. She has been the co-editor of the literary magazine American Short Fiction since 2012. Before joining ASF, Markovits was the executive editor and co-author of The Fearless Critic: A Guide to Austin’s Restaurants (Workman). She has been a regular book reviewer for the Austin-American Statesman, and her essays and reviews have appeared, among other places, in the Texas Observer and Texas Monthly. She has also taught writing and literature to college students. Her book about public spaces in the American city, tentatively titled American Urban, is forthcoming from George F. Thompson Publishing. She lives in Austin with her husband and their dog.
ABOUT RICHARD SANTOS
Richard Santos teaches English at Cedars International Academy in Austin and writes book reviews for Kirkus Reviews. His work has been published at The San Antonio Express News, The Huffington Post, The Texas Observer, Kirkus Magazine, and The Rumpus. He's a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America.
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