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2022/2023 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series

Inprint Leila Mottley Reading

Monday April 17, 2023 7:30 pm


Alley Theatre
615 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002
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Booker Prize nominee and breakout star Leila Mottley will read from her new novel Nightcrawling, followed by an on-stage conversation with acclaimed ABC-13 News journalist Melanie Lawson. The evening will conclude with a book sale and signing.

Parking will be available in the Alley Theatre Garage, which you can enter off Louisiana Street. For a map with the parking location, click here.

For more information about the Inprint Leila Mottley Online Rebroadcast, click here.

BOOK DISCOUNTS: Our partners at Brazos Bookstore are offering a 10% discount on Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley. To receive the discount, buy your copy of Mottley’s new book on the night of the event at the Brazos Bookstore table or visit brazosbookstore.com from now through April 23rd using the coupon code INPRINT.

LEILA MOTTLEY is “a bold new voice in fiction” and a New York Times Writer to Watch (Associated Press). Her debut novel Nightcrawling is “a soul-searching portrait of survival and hope” (Oprah Winfrey) which she published at the age of 19. Named an Oprah’s Book Club Pick and a “Best Book of the Summer” by The Millions, LitHub, Stylist, and Elle, Nightcrawling tells the story of a young Black woman who falls victim to a sexual abuse scandal within the Oakland Police Department. Kiese Laymon calls the novel “the most compelling book written by an American teenager in my lifetime” and Ron Charles in The Washington Post writes, “Nightcrawling really is a powerful, poignant story worth your attention….My god – that voice. It’s sometimes too painful to keep reading, but always too urgent to stop.”

Mottley served as Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate in 2018, and her poetry has appeared in The New York Times and Oprah Daily. According to The Guardian, Mottley writes with a “voice and vision you won’t easily get out of your head.” She is founder of Lift Every Voice, a youth-led art advocacy workshop series about youth incarceration. Mottley lives in Oakland and has performed at the Oakland Women’s March, the Oakland March for Our Lives, and City of Oakland Cultural Dialogue meetings.

ABC-13 News journalist MELANIE LAWSON has won numerous awards for her reporting, including three Emmys. She is well-known for her in-depth interviews with a wide range of notables, including three U.S. Presidents, Henry Kissinger, the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Destiny’s Child, Spike Lee, and Denzel Washington, and for this Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series Brit Bennett, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Annette Gord0n-Reed.

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