"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 37th season this year and will feature 11 of the world’s leading literary writers from September 2017 through April 2018. 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 (with the exception of the January reading at which there will be no book signing but signed books by Ms. Lahiri will be available for purchase). All readings will begin at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm), except for the September reading, and are held at either Cullen Theater in Wortham Center, Alley Theatre, or Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.

Season tickets are sold out, for more information click here

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

Ticket Information

Season tickets for the 2017/2018 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series are sold out. For questions or concerns contact the Inprint office at info@inprinthouston.org or 713-521-2026. Season tickets were $215 each, a value of more than $400. 

Season ticket benefits include:

  • Seating in the reserved section for each of the seven readings. Seats held until 7:25 pm, at which time all unclaimed seats will be released to the general public.
  • Signed copy of Jennifer Egan’s new novel Manhattan Beach, available for pick up at the reading. Those who purchase two season tickets per household will receive a signed copy of Claire Messud’s new novel The Burning Girl as the second book.
  • Access to the first-served “Season Subscriber” book-signing line.
  • Free parking passes in the Alley Theatre garage for the five readings held at the Alley and Wortham Center.
  • Recognition as a “Season Subscriber” in each reading program.

General Admission Tickets

Tickets for individual readings are $5 each—unchanged since 1980—plus a small service fee, 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.

If a reading is not already sold out, general admission tickets for $5 will be available for purchase at the door starting at 6:45 pm. At the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center general admission tickets will be available through the Wortham Center box office. At the Alley Theatre and Stude Concert Hall general admission tickets will be available from the Inprint table in the lobby.

Rush Tickets

If a reading is sold out, all unclaimed seats will be released to the general public as rush tickets starting at 7:25 pm. At the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center rush tickets will be available through the Wortham Center box office. At the Alley Theatre and Stude Concert Hall rush tickets will be available from the Inprint table in the lobby.



Student and Senior Citizen (65+) Tickets

For readings that take place at the Alley Theatre and Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall, students and senior citizens 65+ will be provided with free general admission tickets (starting at 6:45 pm) if a reading is not already sold out, as well as free rush tickets (starting at 7:25 pm) if a reading is sold out. These are available only at the door on the night of the reading from the Inprint table in the lobby of both theaters. Please note that no free general admission or rush tickets will be available for the readings that take place at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Center.

We encourage you to call the Inprint office or check the website to assess the availability of free student or senior tickets closer to each event. 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. For the readings at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center student groups cannot be accommodated.

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.

All authors will sign books after the readings, with the exception of Ms. Lahiri who will not participate in a book signing, however Brazos Bookstore will be able to offer pre-signed books for sale at the reading. Attendees who would like to have their books signed will be asked to form a line, with season subscribers given priority access to the 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 350 of the world’s most accomplished literary writers from more than 35 countries on six continents, including winners of 9 Nobel Prizes, 62 Pulitzer Prizes, 56 National Book Awards, 50 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. Last year, more than 6,000 people enjoyed Series events. 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 Downtown Houston Theater District’s Cullen Theater in Wortham Center and the Alley Theatre, and at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall, all 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 info@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