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Confused about Modern Art?

Come take part in the Pen and Paintbrush book discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 1:30. We'll be meeting at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Art. The group will be discussing the book, The $12 Million Dollar Stuffed Shark: the Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. Then we'll tour the museum's current exhibit, which features some interesting examples of modern art.

cover of the book


Read Across the Globe

Barbara Bush Branch and other branches of Harris County Public Library proudly took part in the "Read Across the Globe" initiative yesterday, Oct. 19. This was an attempt to beat the Guiness Book of World record for the most children read to in a 24 hour period. Harris County Library teamed up with several agencies, among them Points of Light Foundation and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation, to read to children all over Houston. Here's our group after the readings at McArthur Elementary

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CreekFest was so much fun! The weather was great, and everyone enjoyed the activities and the food trucks. Our folks enjoyed the library's all ages coloring and button making program. Looking forward to next year!


The Black Box

In 1992, during the L.A. riots, Harry and his partner investigated the murder of a young Danish journalist, Anneke Jespersen. The investigation was too brief for Harry’s taste, as there were lots of murders during the riots. All they had time to do was gather a spent bullet. Now 20 years later, investigating cold cases, Harry is able to pinpoint the gun that killed her. Determined as always, and flaunting authority as usual, he looks for the “black box” of the case. Just like the black box on a plane, The Black Box in a murder case unlocks the story to Harry. Back then, it was thought Anneke was a victim of the random violence. But Harry uncovers what really happened. 

The Black Box


CreekFest logo


CreekFest is coming! On Oct. 3, from 8-4, the Cypress Creek Cultural district will be filled with tents, food trucks, and fun! There will be a race, canoeing, a blessing of the animals, a craft market, children's activities and performances. The library will open at 10 as usual, and from 1-3 we'll have a coloring program for adults and children. We'll also make buttons. So come by and have fun with us!


Come and Hear Great Stories!

We're having a great speaker next Sat. Sept 12 at 2 pm. Her book Brick Walls:Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan has gotten great reviews. Come to hear her and get the book! Read what the Chronicle has to say about this emerging local author. 

cover of Brick Walls


picture of Saadia

The Drop and other stories

Well I’m continuing on the Harry Bosch series. In The Drop, Harry is working on a 1989 rape and murder case, when he is called out to investigate the apparent suicide of a councilman’s son. The councilman, Irvin Irving, is a long time enemy of Harry’s and yet he asks for Harry specifically to investigate this death. Of course, Harry wonders why. The 1989 murder case has DNA evidence but the suspect would have been 8 years old at the time! As usual, Harry has his work cut out for him. He is also dealing with his role as a single dad, and dating a new lady. 

The Drop

I also read Manhattan Mayhem which is a collection of mystery short stories from the Mystery Writers of America. Mary Higgins Clark is the editor. Each story is set in a specific Manhattan neighborhood. I didn’t realize how big Manhattan was and I didn’t know it included places like Little Italy or Chinatown. So I learned a lot about Manhattan and I enjoyed the stories. Mary Higgins Clark is the editor. 


The Forgiveness of Sins

I’ve fallen in love with the Grantchester series by James Runcie. I like the fact that that each book is a series of short stories. That makes them easy to read in between longer books. In the stories, Sidney Chambers, a Church of England priest, is also a part time detective. He doesn’t mean to get involved in local crimes and murders, but he does have a talent for solving mysteries. In The Forgiveness of Sins, Sidney deals with a confessed murderer who has taken refuge in his church. Other stories include Sidney’s friend, Amanda, receiving hateful mail, and a piano accidently falling on the local music teacher! Just as in Agatha Christie’s books, things are not what they seem in these quiet English villages.

Cover of The Forgiveness of Sins


The Final Twist

The Final Twist Writer's Society was here on Saturday, talking about the writing process and how they inspire each other. Many in the audience found out more about how to get started on the novel or screenplay they've been wanting to start! The Final Twist will be coming back later to do another seminar for us on self-publishing. Keep an eye on our webpage for that later in the spring!

pictures of the Final Twist writers


What I've Read This Summer

This summer has included a lot of traveling for one reason or another. As I sat in airports or in the passenger seat of the family car, I caught up on my reading. Here's what I've read so far:

Nine Dragons 

cover of Nine Dragons


cover of 212


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