Inprint: Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Robert Boswell and James McBride

Houston author Robert Boswell has an unusual dedication in his latest book, Tumbledown. The novel is for ''all the clients who survived my tenure as a counselor and to the one who didn't.'' Boswell, who's appearing in the Inprint: Margarett Root Brown Reading Series: Robert Boswell and James McBride presentation, tells us, ''Part of the nature of being a counselor is that you're working with people at risk all the time. Sooner or later, you're almost certainly going to have a client who doesn't make it. I had a client who killed himself, and while intellectually I can tell myself that was inevitable, it was a devastating experience for me.''

Tumbledown centers on a seemingly successful therapist, James Candler. We say seemingly because while Candler's life outwardly appears to be going well, it's actually falling apart. He has a fiancée and is also falling in love with another woman. He has a great house and car but can't really afford either. And he's up for a promotion at the therapy center where he works, but he's about to hand his signature program over to his ne'er-do-well best friend who's sure to ruin it. How can he help his clients sort out their lives if his own is in such disarray? James McBride will read from his new novel The Good Lord Bird, which is based on the life of abolitionist John Brown. Onstage interviews and a book signing follow the readings.

7:30 p.m. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713‑521‑2026 or visit $5.
Mon., Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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