Chris Cander at Brazos Book Store

Posted August 15, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

sm_chris_canderMark your calendars today for next Thursday’s reading by WITS writer Chris Cander at Brazos Book Store (2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX, 77005). Her fiction book 11 Stories explores the life of Roscoe Jones, a trumpet prodigy who loses a finger in the elevator of the apartment building where he lives as a child and goes on to become superintendent of the same building as a man. David Eagleman, New York Times bestselling author, calls Cander “a bold new voice in American letters.” Please join us for this special event next Thursday, August 22nd, at 7 PM.

The Sound of the Trumpet

Posted September 29, 2009 & filed under Notebook.


What is that noise, that noise
Sounds really beautiful
Pum, Pum, Bang, Bang.
It sounds like it is coming
From this room.

No. It is coming
From over there.
But when I look up
In the sky,
That sound sounds again –
Pum, Pum, Bang, Bang.
When I look up in the sky
It keeps on getting fainter.
But I don’t want it to go away.
Every time I hear that sound,
It seems like I’m getting
Closer to my dreams
Of being a musician.
When I look up in the sky
That sound again –
Pum, Pum, Bang, Bang
I see a shiny light and
The angel playing
The trumpet.

By Rudy, 6th grade
[photo by Bradleywindy via flickr]