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Gulf Coast Reads The Promise.

Book discussions, special events, author appearances and more all across southeast Texas. Visit our Events Calendar for the full schedule and www.gulfcoastreads.org for special features starting October 1. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter @gulfcoastreads

Book Hunters in Brief #94: Frankenstein Reborn

As with so many archetypal characters--Robin Hood, Cinderella, the Cowboy--each generation remakes Frankenstein's monster in its own image. Originally, a stand-in for science run amok, nowadays, the monster tends toward the brooding and existential--goading us to ask questions like, why are we here? What is our relationship to our creator? What is the rational response to a world that seems increasingly hostile to our existence?

Writers have been riffing on Mary Shelley's creation almost since she first loosed him on the world. This week, the Book Hunters offer several spins--some serious, some lighter--on Frankenstein's monster.

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

Gulf Coast Reads Author Ann Weisgarber at MFAH on Sunday, Oct. 4. 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for The Promise: A Conversation with Author Ann Weisgarber, a special Gulf Coast Reads event at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday, October 4, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Following a reading from her novel, Gulf Coast Reads 2015 selection, The Promise, Ann will sit down for what promises to be a lively conversation with Lisa Gray, lead columnist for the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters series.

For more information about Gulf Coast Reads including additional author appearances and special programs, visit www.gulfcoastreads.org and follow GCR on Facebook or Twitter @gulfcoastreads

Book Hunters in Brief #92: Banned Books Week 2015

Don't let someone else do your thinking for you. Take the challenge; read a banned book for Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3. The Book Hunters will be, and, if you're up for it, they have provided some suggestions for you.

Building Community One Page at a Time

Each October, for Gulf Coast Reads, libraries throughout southeast Texas encourage residents to read and discuss a selected book as a way of building stronger, more connected communities. This year’s title should be of particular interest to people who call the Texas Gulf Coast their home. The Promise is set on Galveston Island before, during and after the devastating hurricane of 1900 and tells the story of a young woman who is forced by scandal to flee her home in Ohio to a farm on the Island and a marriage of convenience where she struggles to adjust to her new life and family.

Book Hunters in Brief #91: Talk Like a Pirate Day!

As day jobs go, we suppose you could do worse than sailing the bounding main with an eye peeled for booty-laden schooners. If only it had a better dental plan and less of that whole walking the plank thing...

Be that as it may, tomorrow is Talk Like a Pirate Day and Book Hunters have dug up some treasures for the whole family.

September 18 is Read an eBook Day

OverDrive's Read an eBook Day is Friday, September 18, and this year we are encouraging everyone to check out an all-time favorite book in digital format and to share the story behind it with us--because that is the great thing about great books: there is always a story behind the story. Maybe your favorite book lit your way out of a dark time in your life, maybe it helped you see the world a little more clearly, or maybe it was the first book that just grabbed you and wouldn't let go until you finished it. Whatever that story is, share it with us in the comments section below or on social media, using the hashtag #ebooklove.

Upcoming Literacy Tutor Training

HCPL Adminstration Offices (near NRG Stadium)
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
9220 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX  77054
9:30AM - 2:30PM

High Meadows Branch Library
Saturday, October 24, 2015
4500 Aldine Mail Route Road
Houston, TX  77039
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Octavia Fields Branch Library
Monday, November 16, 2015
1503 South Houston
Humble, TX  77338
1:00 PM - 6:30 pm

Register now for one of the upcoming literacy tutor training. Call 713-274-6600.

Upcoming ESL Tutor Training Sessions

HCPL - Administrative Offices (Near NRG Stadium)
Friday, September 18, 2015
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Limited Seating

Galena Park Branch Library
Monday, October 5, 2015
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

La Porte Community Library
Saturday, November 21, 2015
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

North Channel Branch Library
Friday, December 18, 2015
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Parker Williams Branch Library
Monday, January 11, 2016
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM

To register for any of these training sessions, call 713-274-6600

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