About Brazos Valley Reads
|Brazos Valley Reads (BVR) is a community effort organized by Texas A&M University’s Department of English with extensive support from various groups in the University and the community. The program was started in 2005 to encourage bridge building between Texas A&M’s students and staff and the Brazos Valley community at large. For the past eleven years, BVR has invited internationally recognized authors including Geraldine Brooks, Ernest Gaines, Sandra Cisneros, Tim O’Brien, Sherman Alexie, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Julia Alvarez to College Station for a public reading and to meet with members of the community. Students at Allen Academy and Bryan Collegiate High School will join in reading the featured novel this year. Major co-sponsors for the BVR 2016 include the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and Blinn College.|
Want to find out about our reading selections from previous years? Visit our Previous BVR Events page to learn more about those authors and books.
The Department of English at Texas A&M University is pleased to present the 2017 book selection for Brazos Valley Reads:
Prayers for the Stolen
President of PEN International
Clement will read from her novel
on Thursday, April 6
at 7:00 p.m.
in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
College Station, Texas
Clement will meet with readers and sign books following the event.
We cordially invite members of the Brazos Valey community to join us for these other public events:
Wednesday, April 5: Author Jennifer Clement will give a public lecture detailing her work with PEN International, “PEN International and the Power of Literature,” hosted by the College of Liberal Arts
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Rudder Forum: On the Texas A&M University campus. This lecture is free & open to the public.
Thursday, April 6: Aggie Agora coffee hour with Jennifer Clement
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Coke Building, Room 206A: on the Texas A&M University Campus
Coffee is free & open to the public, however; participants must register beforehand by accessing the calendar for April 6 at aggieagora.org
7:00 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center: Jennifer Clement will present a public reading from Prayers for the Stolen, followed by a book signing.
This event is free & open to the public.
Clement’s Prayers for the Stolen is a coming of age story related in first-person narrative by Ladydi Garcia Martínez. For the teenage Ladydi, coming of age in the Mexican state of Guerrero is a period of tremendous danger because of the high rate of disappearance of young women from rural villages. Although the issues that Prayers takes on are both heartbreaking and horrifying, Clement relates them with compelling poetic language and even humor.
In 2014 Clement was awarded the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award for Prayers for the Stolen. Prayers was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice Book, First Selection for National Reading Group Month’s Great Group Reads and appeared internationally on many “Best Books of the Year” lists, including that of The Irish Times. The novel was also a finalist for 2015’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.
For more information about Jennifer Clement, please see Clement’s website: http://jennifer-clement.com/
Brazos Valley Reads 2016 is organized & sponsored by the Texas A&M English Department with additional support from:
Aggie Agoria ⋅ Barnes & Noble Bookstore ⋅ Blinn College ⋅ Bryan – College Station Eagle ⋅ College of Liberal Arts ⋅ Clara B. Mounce Public Library ⋅ Larry J. Ringer Public Library ⋅ Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research ⋅ Women’s and Gender Studies Program ⋅ Women’s Resource Center