CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will hold a free public reading with critically-acclaimed novelist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom, as part of its 18th annual Authors’ Day Program.
The critically acclaimed writer and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi alumna will read from her 2013 novel, “Fat Angie.” A book signing will follow the reading. This unique coming-of-age novel follows the heroine Angie’s struggle to gain confidence in her body, to resist the horrors of bullying, and to accept the power of being different in a world that demands conformity.
“Charlton-Trujillo’s novel ‘Fat Angie’ captures many of the struggles faced by young readers today,” said Tom Murphy, Chair of Authors’ Day. “We’re excited to have this highly-acclaimed author with a large following come to the Island University for our annual celebration. This event will continue our tradition of providing both an educational and entertaining experience for our students and the entire community.”
Charlton-Trujillo, who graduated in 1998 from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a master’s degree in filmmaking from Ohio University in 2003, is the author of three novels which include “Prizefighter En Mi Casa,” “Feels Like Home,” and “Fat Angie.” She has also directed 10 short films including “A Handful of Pennies,” “Cielto Lindo,” and “Passing Through.”
Charlton-Trujillo went on a national book tour for her novel that focused on mentoring workshops with the core ideals of, “Fat Angie.”
“Today’s society is tough on kids,” said Charlton-Trujillo. “Kids want to hear about things that can get better now, not someday.”
The University’s annual Authors’ Day celebration includes a free public reading with a noted author that attracts members of the community, first year students, English majors, and many other graduate and undergraduate students from across campus. The following day, Friday, Feb. 20, local high school students will participate in various workshop led by Charlton-Trujillo, Murphy, and other English Department professors to develop their strengths as writers. Technical writing and creative writing sessions will help students gain valuable skills for their future success in college.
The reading and the workshops are sponsored by the Paul and Mary Haas Foundation. For more information, call the English Department at 361.825.3457.