"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 nation's leading literary showcases, featuring award-winning writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series is proud to celebrate 40 years of coming together around great writers and great books, especially during this pandemic season. Join us for ten high quality, carefully curated, live virtual literary experiences with twelve internationally renowned authors, in a series available around the globe.

The season will run from September through May. Each event will take place via the Inprint “virtual studio” on a hidden website page and will run just under an hour. This platform will provide a superior online experience with much higher production values and will not require logging into a third party platform. Links to the hidden pages will be provided to season subscribers and ticket buyers. Most events take place at 7 pm CDT on Monday evenings (except for the Nick Hornby event on Sunday, November 8 at 4 pm CDT,  the Margaret Atwood event on Saturday, November 14 at 7 pm CT, and the Kazuo Ishiguro event on Sunday, March 7 at 7pm CT). Each event will include a short reading by one or two featured writers, followed by a conversation led by a knowledgeable writer or journalist. 

Please note that, if it is safely possible this season, we will offer the the April and May readings as live and virtual events on the provided dates. Tickets and perks will remain the same. We will keep you apprised, and look forward to being together again soon around our literary campfire.

Season tickets are on sale now, with perks designed for this virtual season. In addition, this year only, we are offering a special 40th anniversary premium ticket, which provides a book by every featured author,  shipped to you (shipping costs included). Scroll down for details.

Ticket Information

Season tickets for the 2020/2021 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series are no longer available online. For questions about season tickets, please email info@inprinthouston.org. 

ONLY THIS YEAR! Premium 40th anniversary season ticket – $375

  • Access to all ten Inprint live stream events
  • Books by all authors featured in the 2020/2021 season (including special event author), shipped to you a week after each reading (shipping costs included)
  • Signed bookplates provided whenever possible
  • Premium subscriber option to pick up books at Brazos Bookstore
  • Special subscriber access to the live stream video for 48 hours after the event
  • Recognition as a “Season Subscriber” on the Inprint website

Season tickets – $225

  • Access to all ten Inprint live stream events
  • Six books by authors appearing in the 2020/2021 season, including Dearly by Margaret Atwood, Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jack by Marilynne Robinson, Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, and Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri, shipped to you a week after each reading (shipping costs included)
  • Special subscriber access to the live stream video for 48 hours after the event
  • Recognition as a “Season Subscriber” on the Inprint website


General Admission Tickets

Tickets for individual readings are $5 each (unchanged since 1980), which provide access to the Inprint live stream event – except for the Marilynne Robinson event on October 5, the Margaret Atwood special event on November 14, the Kazuo Ishiguro event on March 7, and the Jhumpa Lahiri event on May 10. For these events, tickets  prices provide access to the Inprint live stream event and a copy of the book, shipped to you a week after the event (shipping costs included).

After the first reading, tickets for each event go on sale online via the Inprint website at 12 pm noon, the day following the event. Check the event page for each reading for on-sale dates.

Student and Senior Citizen (65+) Tickets

Students and senior citizens 65+ will be provided with free access to all readings, except for those readings that include a book purchase as part of the ticket price. Students and senior citizens who would like free access to a reading should email info@inprinthouston.org at least one week prior to the reading they would like access to. Access cannot be requested for the entire season at the same time, access must be request for individual readings.

Book sales

Since 1980, Brazos Bookstore has served as the official bookseller for the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Receive a 10% discount on featured title(s) by purchasing books online at Brazos Bookstore website.

To receive the discount, visit the Inprint Bookstore at brazosbookstore.com and select the featured book(s) for purchase. Discounts are available three weeks prior to two days after each Inprint reading. Enter INPRINT in the Coupon Code box in the Shopping Cart and then click on Apply To Order.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Inprint and Brazos are unable to arrange for books to be signed.

About the Series

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Nationally renowned, the Series has featured close to 400 of the world’s most accomplished literary writers from more than 35 countries on six continents, including winners of 9 Nobel Prizes, 63 Pulitzer Prizes, 56 National Book Awards, 48 National Book Critics Circle Award, and 15 Man Booker Prizes, as well as 19 U. S. Poets Laureate. Click here to see the full list of authors the series has presented.

Thanks to the Series, going to a reading is an exciting and enlightening cultural activity in Houston. Thousands of individuals attend the series readings annually and the series continues to receive enthusiastic media coverage. The Houston Chronicle 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 the city’s leading performing arts venues, this season at Cullen Performance Hall at the University of Houston, Stude Concert Hall at Rice University, and in Downtown Houston’s Alley Theatre.

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 are not sold out. Some of the visiting writers also give talks at the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, University of Houston-Downtown, and Houston Community College, which are free and open to the public. To see highlights from past seasons click here.

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

Questions for the authors