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The Big Texas Read featuring Tomas Q. Morín

We’re talking with Thomas Q. Morín about his memoir, Let Me Count The Ways. We’ll also discuss the craft and business of writing.
Let Me Count the Ways is the memoir of a journey into obsessive-compulsive disorder, a mechanism to survive a childhood filled with pain, violence, and unpredictability. Morín’s compulsions were a way to hold onto his love for his family in uncertain times until OCD became a prison he struggled for decades to escape. Tender, unflinching, and even funny, this vivid portrait of South Texas life challenges our ideas about fatherhood, drug abuse, and mental illness.

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The Big Texas Read featuring Deb Olin Unferth

We’re reading and discussing Deb Olin Unferth’s novel Barn 8 (Graywolf, 2020), named a best book of 2020 by NPR, Slate, Austin Chronicle, and Literary Hub. This session will be moderated by Elizabeth McCracken, the author of seven books, including Thunderstruck & Other Stories and The Souvenir Museum.

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The Big Texas Read featuring Marisol Cortez

UP NEXT: We’re reading and discussing Marisol Cortez’s Luz at Midnight, 2021 Winner of the Texas Institute of Letters’ Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction. Deeply embedded in the landscapes of South Texas, Luz at Midnight tells the story of an ill-timed love that unfolds in the time of climate change.

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The Big Texas Read featuring Octavio Quintanilla

We’re chatting with Octavio Quintanilla discussing his novel, If I Go Missing, with guest moderator Natalia Treviño.
THE BOOK An astonishing debut, If I Go Missing is timely, fearless, and necessary. In these poems, Octavio Quintanilla measures displacement with language and grapples with the longing to begin anew, to return to what was left unsaid, undone. Redemption is not always possible in the geography of these poems, but there is always a sense of hope. And by this pulse we are guided, the poet’s unmistakable voice that, finally, clears the way so we may find our bearing.

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