Renowned author Justin Cronin will read excerpts from his best-selling novels “The Passage” and “The Twelve” at San Jacinto College on Feb. 27. Submitted photo by Julie Soefer.
College to host public meeting featuring renowned author Justin Cronin
Rob Vanya, February 15, 2013
HOUSTON — San Jacinto College will host a public meeting that will feature renowned author Justin Cronin, who will read excerpts from his New York Times best-selling novels “The Passage” and “The Twelve.”
The free meeting is open to the public and will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Monument Room, located in the Slovacek Student Center at the North Campus, 5800 Uvalde Road.
Widely regarded as a literary rock star, Cronin has been lauded by such notables as Stephen King who surprised Cronin with a phone call during an interview on Good Morning America. “You’ve put the scare back into vampires, buddy,” King told Cronin.
Cronin’s notoriety comes not only from his gripping tales, but also from the sale of his trilogy to Random House and the movie rights to Ridley Scott for a combined amount of over $5 million, figures rare in the literary world.
The first book in the trilogy, “The Passage,” is an epic tale of suspense about a post-apocalyptic world where only a few groups of humans survive. Most of the world has been wiped out by death-row inmates infected with a rare jungle virus, an experiment that backfired turning them into creatures of enormous strength (virals) that have a lust for human blood. Humanity’s only hope is a young girl named Amy who has special powers to heal herself and intuitively understands what the virals have planned.
The trilogy sequel, “The Twelve,” (published in 2012) returns to the beginnings of the vampire outbreak, and also catapults into the future, where danger thrives not only in the virals but also in a cult-like society that may threaten humanity’s survival in even more sinister ways.
Cronin’s concept of a trilogy grew out of a dialogue he had with his daughter Iris as he jogged and she rode her bike. Iris urged him to write a book about a girl who saves the world – “an interesting book with maybe vampires.”
Cronin grew up in Massachusetts and New York and was educated at Harvard and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has written four novels, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Stephen Crane Prize, and the Whiting Writer’s Award. He moved to Houston and, until he received the multi-million dollar offer for his trilogy, taught at Rice University where he remains a distinguished faculty member. He currently divides his time between Houston and Cape Cod, as he completes the third installment of the trilogy, “The Mirror City,” due out in 2014.
Cronin will autograph copies of his books at the book reading, which is sponsored by the San Jacinto College English department’s Lit’s Alive program, which promotes literature and literary artists.
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