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June Third Thursday: “Debut Fiction: The Path to Publication & Beyond”

June 16, 2022 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

June Third Thursday graphic, Debut Fiction: The Path to Publication & Beyond on June 16, 2022 at 8 pm CDT featuring Dalia Azim, Kimberly Garza, and Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

In June, join us for a conversation with three writers who have published or will publish debut novels this year. We’ll discuss the journey so far including everything from knowing when you’re ready to submit, to querying literary agents, to the book deal & all of the preparation for publication to the post publication experience, including the highs and the lows and the in-betweens of having a book out in the world. This is a special opportunity to hear about everything that makes up the unique and thrilling experience of publishing your debut novel from the fresh perspectives of three authors who are still navigating this journey.

This conversation will be moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

Plus, this summer, we’ll be reading all three of these debut novels in our annual WLT Summer Bookclub. We’ll get together on Zoom in August to discuss each of the books – August 8, August 15, and August 22. Each discussion will be led by a WLT staff member and our featured authors will be stopping by for the fun. Save the dates and order the books today!

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Buy our panelists books and support indie bookstores! You can find our June Third Thursday booklist here

Featured Presenter(s)

Kimberly Garza is the author of the novel The Last Karankawas (2022, Henry Holt). Her stories and essays have appeared in Texas Highways, Electric Literature, LitHub, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas, where she earned a PhD in 2019. A native Texan—born in Galveston, raised in Uvalde—she is an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese American writer and author of Four Treasures of the Sky. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in ApogeeNinth LetterPassages NorthThe RumpusHuffPostThe CutCatapult, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the University of Wyoming and has received support from Kundiman, Tin House, and VONA/Voices. She was born in Changchun, China, and grew up in Austin, Texas, where she currently lives.


June 16, 2022
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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