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Public Lecture - "Celebrating the Texas Gulf Coast Through Story"

March 03, 2020
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Reaud Executive Event Space, Wayne A. Reaud Administration Building

Join us as our 2019 Summerlee Book Prize honorable mention winner, Johnnie Bernhard, will be here to talk about her work and read from her novels, especially sections that are poignant to the culture and history of Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast.

A former English teacher and journalist, Johnnie Bernhard's passion is reading and writing. Her second novel, How We Came to Be, is based in the melting pot of Houston, Texas and has already been honored as a finalist in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition. Her work has appeared in several publications including The Mississippi Press, the international The Word Among Us, Southern Writers Magazine, Southern Literary Review, The Texas Review, and the Cowbird-NPR production on small town America. Her entry, The Last Mayberry, received over 7,500 views nationally and internationally. Her first novel, A Good Girl, received finalist recognition in the 2015 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition and is a featured novel for the 2017 Mississippi and Louisiana Book Festivals, as well as a finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards and a nominee for the 2018 PEN/Robert Bingham Prize. 

Copies of Ms Bernhard's novels will be on hand to purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by The Center for History & Culture of Southeast Texas and the Upper Gulf Coast.

Ree Stelly
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