A Celebration of our State’s Big Appetite for Literature brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink.

A Free Monthly Online Reading Series from Writing Workshops Dallas & Gemini Ink
(Zoom Meetings Monthly @ 7pm CST; RSVP for Zoom invite)

Unplug from the outside world and JOIN us at The Big Texas Read (TBTR) brought to you by Writing Workshops Dallas and Gemini Ink. As featured in Poets&WritersForbesThe Dallas Morning NewsSan Antonio Express-NewsU.S. News & World ReportSan Francisco ChronicleFort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, and Texas Highways, we’ll be reading one work of prose or poetry written by a Texas author every month—with Zoom author chats and Q&A’s. It’s a big virtual book club and we’d love for you to join us!

UP NEXT: December 8th, 2021 via Zoom @ 7PM CST

We’re reading and discussing the work of celebrated novelist Sergio Troncoso, including his forthcoming novel, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, a series of interlocking stories. This session will be moderated by novelist and former TBTR author, Cliff Hudder.


“This is a world-class collection.” —Luis Alberto Urrea

“It’s his most powerful work yet, and an essential addition to the Latinx canon.” —The Texas Observer

“A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son is Troncoso at his absolute finest … a masterwork bursting with immigrant intimacies, electrifying truths and hard-earned tenderness.” —Junot Díaz

How does a Mexican-American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty.


Sergio Troncoso is most recently the author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, which Luis Alberto Urrea praised as “a world-class collection.” Troncoso also edited the 2021 anthology, Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican American Literature on Families in between Worlds, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. The author of eight books, he has won the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story, Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, International Latino Book Award for Best Collection of Short Stories, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, and the Silver and Bronze Awards for Multicultural Adult Fiction from ForeWord Reviews. Troncoso has served as a judge for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the New Letters Literary Awards in the Essay category. His work has recently appeared in the Texas Highways, Houston Chronicle, CNN Opinion, New Letters, Yale Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Texas Monthly Magazine. He teaches fiction and nonfiction at the Yale Writers’ Workshop. A Fulbright scholar, Troncoso is president of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Cliff Hudder flunked out of law school in 1981, but received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Houston in 1995. He has been an archaeological laborer, a film and video editor, a photographer, air compressor mechanic, electrical lineman, and educator. In addition to articles on regional and American literature, his short stories have appeared in several journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review. His work has received the Barthelme and Michener Awards, the Peden Prize, and the Short Story Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. His novella, Splinterville, won the 2007 Texas Review Fiction Award, and his novel, Pretty Enough for You, is forthcoming from Texas Review Press in July of 2015.     He teaches English at Lone Star College-Montgomery in Conroe, Texas, where he lives with his wife Kazumi and son Dylan, and is presently at work on a PhD in English at Texas A&M University.


December 8: Sergio Troncoso, A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son
January 20, 2022: Marisol Cortez, Luz at Midnight, Winner of the 2021 Sergio Troncoso Award for Best First Book of Fiction by the Texas Institute of Letters
February 16: Deb Olin Ferth, Barn 8
March 16: Mike Soto, Book TBA
April 20: Barbara Ras, The Blues of Heaven
May 18: Johnnie Bernhard, Book TBD


Edward Vidaurre, Pandemia & Other Poems
Octavio Quintanilla, If I Go Missing
Sherry Kafka Wagner, Hannah Jackson
Nan Cuba,
Body and Bread
Hudder, Pretty Enough for You
Rebekah Manley,
Alexandra and the Awful, Awkward, No Fun, Truly Bad Dates A Picture Book Parody for Adults
Jenny Browne
, Fellow Travelers: New and Selected Poems (TCU Poet Laureate Series)
Amanda Eyre Ward
, The Jetsetters
Heather Harper Ellett, Ain’t Nobody Nobody
Andrea Vocab Sanderson, 
She Lives in Music
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho:
Barefoot Dogs
Poet Wendy Barker: Gloss
Debut Novelist Fowzia Karimi: Above Us the Milky Way
Edgar-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale: Edge of Dark Water
Winner of the Iowa Prize for Nonfiction Kendra Allen: When You Learn the Alphabet
2020 Texas Poet Laureate Emmy Pérez: With The River on Our Face
New York Times Bestselling Author Kathleen Kent: The Dime & The Burn
Critically Acclaimed Novelist David Samuel Levinson: Tell Me How This Ends Well

Keep a lookout for giveaways that come with being a book lover and taking part in The Big Texas Read, from free online WWD and Gemini Ink workshops to manuscript consultations. Help us celebrate the diverse literary voices of our state, and we’ll keep you company with great Texas authors and like-minded fellow readers. What could be better than a good book, a dynamic discussion, and meeting new friends?
We’re grateful to partner with independent bookstores Interabang Books in Dallas and The Twig Book Shop in San Antonio for The Big Texas Read. Order your book directly from either bookstore and have it delivered to your front door!