"Inprint has brought the royalty of world literature to town… John Updike, John Irving, Louise Erdrich, Seamus Heaney, Salman Rushdie, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sandra Cisneros—those are just a few of the A-list authors who have read for the Inprint Brown Reading Series Houston Chronicle

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series is one of the best author series in the nation featuring award-winning writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series launches its 36th season this year and will feature 10 of the world’s greatest literary writers from September 2016 through April 2017. The season consists of seven evenings, each centered on a reading by one or two writers, followed by an on-stage interview conducted by a local writer or scholar, and concluding with a book sale and signing, where audience members have a chance to meet the authors. All readings will begin at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm) and are held in Downtown Houston’s Theater District at either Cullen Theater, Wortham Center or at the Alley Theatre.

Click here to download the season brochure.
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Click here to download the season bookmark.


Ticket Information


The purchase of season subscriptions for the 2016/2017 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, a portion of which is tax-deductible, helps make this series possible. Season subscription cost $180 each and benefits include:

  • Seating in the reserved section for each of the seven readings. Seats held until 7:25 pm.
  • Signed copy of Jonathan Safran Foer’s new novel Here I Am, available for pick up at the reading. Those who purchase two season tickets per household will receive a signed copy of George Saunders’ new novel Lincoln in the Bardo as the second book.
  • Free parking passes for each of the seven readings in the Alley Theatre garage.
  • Access to the first-served “Season Subscriber” book-signing line.
  • Recognition as a “Season Subscriber” in each reading program.
  • An acknowledgement letter for tax purposes.

Season tickets purchased after September 12th will be held at “will call” on the evening of the first reading. Thank you in advance for your support.

General Admission Tickets

Tickets for individual readings are $5 each—unchanged since 1980—and are available online. Tickets for each reading go on sale at noon the day following the latest reading. Seats provided are general admission, not assigned or reserved. Purchasing a ticket guarantees seating in the theater, but you must be in your seat by 7:25 pm. Check the event pages for each reading for on sale dates.

Student and Senior Citizen (65+) Tickets

Inprint offers free “rush” tickets for students and senior citizens 65 and older, if a reading is NOT already sold out. These are available only at the door on the night of the reading, starting at 6:45 pm. We encourage you to call the Inprint office or check the website to assess the availability of rush tickets. For guaranteed seating we recommend purchasing general admission tickets in advance. Requests for student group tickets should be made by phone to Inprint at 713.521.2026 at least ten days before the on-sale date.

Book signings and book sales


Brazos Bookstore serves as the official bookseller for the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series and offers discounts on featured books by the authors appearing in the series. Receive a 10% discount on the featured title by purchasing books online or buying a book at the event. Use the coupon code INPRINT to receive the discount online. To learn more, visit the Inprint virtual store on Brazos Bookstore’s website.

The author(s) will sign books after the readings. Attendees who would like to have their books signed will be asked to form a line. Season subscribers will have access to a first-served book signing line.

Please note that new titles must be purchased through Brazos Bookstore to have books signed by the author(s). Inprint reserves the right to limit the number of books an individual may have signed.

About the Series

Pic of Margaret Root Brown

Nationally renowned, the Series has featured more than 340 of the world’s most accomplished literary writers from more than 35 countries on six continents, including winners of 8 Nobel Prizes, 60 Pulitzer Prizes, 55 National Book Awards, 48 National Book Critics Circle Award, 14 Man Booker Prizes, as well as 17 U. S. Poets Laureate. Click here to see the full list of authors the series has presented.

The Series has made going to a reading an exciting and enlightening cultural activity in Houston. Last year, more than 5,000 people attended Series events. Former Houston Chronicle Book Editor Maggie Galehouse says of the Series, “These authors—these books—are the equivalent of a rock star line-up.”

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series is generously underwritten in large part by The Brown Foundation, Inc. Margarett Root Brown, an educator who was passionate about books and literature, was one of the Foundation’s directors when it was formed in 1917. The Series is proud to honor Mrs. Brown’s service to Houston and her philanthropic support of the arts.

Readings are held in Downtown Houston’s Theater District in one of the city’s leading performing arts venues.

Thanks to the support of our donors, the cost of general admission remains the best cultural bargain in town at $5 (since 1980), with free rush tickets for students and senior citizens whenever the readings do not sell out. Some of the visiting writers also give craft talks at the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Houston Community College, which are free and open to the public. To see photos from the 2016/2017 season click here and to see news clippings and publicity click here. To see highlights from past seasons click here.

To receive a series brochure email kristi@inprinthouston.org and join our email list to receive reminders about upcoming readings.


Questions for the authors

Readings are followed by on-stage interviews. Submit questions for the authors here. Questions will be passed on to the on-stage interviewer for possible inclusion in the interview. Thanks in advance for participating!

Questions for the authors