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    What are the challenges of writing and publishing the first novel, your second book or your third book? With the collection of writers on June 13, we will be discussing novels that are in the literary, crime fiction, science fiction/fantasy genres, and a short story collection. We will explore not only the themes of their most recently published books, but their unique journeys in writing and publishing them. Meng Jin, author of the novel LITTLE GODS, and Richard Santos, author of the novel TRUST ME, just published their debut novels in 2020. For Rion Amilcar-Scott, his short story collection THE WORLD DOESN’T REQUIRE YOU, published in 2019, was his second book. And for science fiction/fantasy writer Nicky Drayden, ESCAPING EXODUS, published in 2019, was her third book. This will be just the first of three events planned for the Fourth Annual Celebration of Diverse Literary Voices of Texas. It is sponsored by KAZI Book Review and cosponsored this year by the Austin Community College Writing Department, Capital Metro, HEB, and Velva Price, District Clerk. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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