The award-winning authors scheduled to talk during University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review's Spring 2014 Reading Series address their own heritage and identity in their writings. Cultural assimilation will be a repeated theme during the Spring Reading Series. Several of the authors have written about how they adjusted to living in foreign settings.


"Heritage and identity are important topics for any writer," Jeffrey Sartain, ABR managing editor and assistant professor in the UHV School of Arts & Sciences, told the Victoria Advocate. "It is not surprising that many of the best writers in the country are dealing with these subjects. Everyone has a different story to tell, and everyone's individual story helps us create the picture of who we are and what literature means in our time."

The free readings in the Spring Reading Series are scheduled to begin at noon in the Alcorn Auditorium of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The first reading will be by Marilyn Chin on Jan. 30 - Chin is the author of one novel, three books of poetry and a collection of essays. Her award-winning works focus on her experience as a Chinese woman living in America and the struggle that comes with cultural assimilation and self-discovery. She has received numerous awards for her work, among them, the National Book Council Award and the Pushcart Prize.The public is invited to attend, and light refreshments will be served. Authors will be available after each reading to sign copies of their books, which can be purchased at the events. Each author will meet with students and attend functions in the community.