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    The Texas Center for the Book is continuing its the #TXBookChat series with a third lineup of virtual literary events for spring 2021. This online program from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission launched in 2020. The #TXBookChat series offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about 30 minutes and offer a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. The #TXBookChat series seeks to bring together diverse voices and perspectives.

    #TXBookChat continues on January 21, with the four more conversations scheduled for the spring. All programs begin at 11:00 a.m. CST.

    January 21 Graphic Novels for Today’s Readers – Join authors Cynthia Levinson and Varian Johnson for a discussion about this popular genre.
    February 11 Love of Writing: Fueling Literary Dreams – Join author and Texas Center for the Book Coordinator Rebekah Manley in discussion about her debut book and the sparks that keep her writing dreams burning bright.
    March 25 How to Participate in Read Across Texas – Get the inside scoop on how to participate in this year’s statewide community read on the theme of Recovery.
    April 15 National Student Poet of the Southwest: Texan Ethan Wang – Join the 2020 National Student Poet of the Southwest for a poetry reading and discussion of his work.

    “The Texas Center for the Book is so excited to reach even more book lovers in 2021,” said Coordinator Rebekah Manley. “Our book chats bring Texas authors, illustrators, librarians, and literacy advocates into readers’ homes, and we have some wonderful discussions planned for our third installment.”

    The events take place on the Zoom platform, and registration is required. Visit www.tsl.texas.gov/txbookchat to learn more about upcoming events and reserve your spot.

    For more information on #TXBookChat series, contact Rebekah Manley, Texas Center for the Book Coordinator, at www.tsl.texas.gov/centerforthebook.

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