LitFuse: Coert Vorhees, Andrew Kozma and Michelle Oakes

One of the most appealing aspects of the ongoing LitFuse reading series at Kaboom Books is its intentional propensity to present authors unfamiliar to its audiences. It's never the same old, same old familiar faces month after month. ''None of these readers has appeared at LitFuse before,'' says LitFuse coordinator Steven Wolfe. ''Houston is a wide and deep place for writing. We like the idea of getting people together at the mike who might not have the opportunity to connect otherwise. Sometimes a beautiful mood just happens.'' Acclaimed author and first-time LitFuse participant Coert Vorhees's just-published young adult novel In Too Deep is a 2013 Junior Library Guild selection, and his The Brothers Torres was one of the ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2009.

''Meanwhile, he also received a Fulbright for translation of Chilean theater,'' Wolfe adds. ''It's a great opportunity to hear a Houston writer who rarely appears on the lit-series cards around town.'' Joining Vorhees for the readings are LitFuse first-timers Andrew Kozma (a Houston Arts Alliance fellow) and Gulf Coast magazine poetry editor Michelle Oakes.

7:30 p.m. 3116 Houston Avenue. For information, call 713-869-7600 or visit kaboombooks.com. Free.
Thu., Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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