Monday, March 28, 2011

river flows to houston indie book fest

The Fourth Annual Houston Indie Book Fest Celebrates Small Presses, Magazines, and Independent Bookstores in Houston

[Houston, TX]—Celebrate the fourth annual Houston Indie Book Festival along with dozens of
nationally-distributed literary journals, local booksellers, publishers, small presses, literary
organizations, and writers at the Menil Park on Saturday, April 2nd from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Co-sponsored by NANO Fiction and Gulf Coast, the festival showcases the efforts of writers, artists, teachers, community members, and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a vibrant part of the Houston community.

The festival will offer readings by local authors throughout the day, including: children’s book
author Gwendolyn Zepeda; fiction writers Sophie Rosenblum, Ann Weisgarber, Amelia Gray, and
Ryan Call; as well as poet Hayan Charara. The Houston Indie Book Fest and Inprint Readings will
take place every hour from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This year’s festival is set to correspond with the Menil Collection’s Open House event. Alongside
the book fair, visitors can enjoy outdoor art exhibits, tours of the Menil campus, art demonstrations,
live music, food trucks, and much more!

Kirby Johnson, editor of NANO Fiction and co-organizer of the festival, says, “The Houston Indie
Book festival celebrates the creative and cultural value of writing in Houston. It’s refreshing to see
the smaller, independent organizations who are working hard to sustain their vital place in our
community. The festival is a great chance to show your appreciation and support for these
bookstores, publishers, organizations, and writers.”

This event is free, and everyone in the community is invited to participate in what has become
Houston’s largest and only event of its kind. Attached is a poster listing some of the vendors that
will be present, along with a sheet that details the mission and history of the festival.
Since 2008, the Houston Indie Book Festival has steadily expanded from a small gathering of local
bookstores and artists to a full-scale regional event. To date, more than fifty exhibitors from all over
Texas and the U.S. are scheduled to participate.

More information about the Houston Indie Book Festival is available online at

The Houston Indie Book Festival is supported by the Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston
Endowment, Inc., Inprint, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Texas Commission on the
Arts, and the University of Houston’s Department of English.

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