Gulf Coast Reads

Book Hunters in Brief #145: Gulf Coast Reads Edition; What to Read When You Have Finished The Train to Crystal City

Imagine you're a teenager, your country--the only home you have ever known--has just been plunged into war, and you are being put on a train with the rest of your family that will take you to what amounts to the ends of the earth not because of anything you have done, but because your father was born in one of the countries, your country is at war with.

And that's just the beginning of your story.

Intrigued?

Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1. There will be special events, author visits, and, of course, lively discussions all across southeast Texas.

Gulf Coast Reads Events Calendar 
For more information all month long, visit www.gulfcoastreads.org
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and to learn more about The Train to Crystal City, visit www.janjarboe.com
 

This October, Gulf Coast Reads The Train to Crystal City

October is just around the corner and for Harris County Public Library, and partner libraries, school districts,  universities and other organizations all over southeast Texas that means we are busy planning programs and booking presenters for Gulf Coast Reads 2016.

Now in its seventh year, Gulf Coast Reads is a reading initiative that encourages the reading and discussion of a selected title each October. It is meant to raise awareness of public libraries’ crucial role in building stronger, more connected communities and to remind readers just how fun it is share and talk over a great story.

"The Promise" of Romance

Last Thursday was the kick-off for Gulf Coast Reads 2015, which means people all across the Gulf Coast region are reading Ann Weisgarber’s The Promise, a historical fiction novel largely set in Galveston during the time leading up to the deadly 1900 hurricane.  Here are some titles to feed your appetite for historical romance after finishing The Promise.

Go West Young Woman

Check out these romances that feature heroines traveling out west, choosing to become mail-order brides, shotgun weddings and marriages of convenience. 

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.

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.

Gulf Coast Reads Author Stephen Harrigan at Museum of Fine Arts - Houston

Gulf Coast Reads, Harris County Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston invite you to a special evening with author, Stephen Harrigan at the MFAH on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.

After introducing and reading from his novel, Remember Ben Clayton, Mr. Harrigan will sit for a lively and wide-ranging conversation with Houston Chronicle columnist and features writer, Lisa Gray, to be followed by a Q and A with the audience.

Book Hunters in Brief #42: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Readers

BHinB#42Book Hunters is joining a whole bunch of readers across Southeast Texas in reading Remember Ben Clayton by Stephen Harrigan for Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page.

Gulf Coast Reads Events All Month Long at a Library Near You

GCR LogoFor book people, having the opportunity to share a good book with a friend or two is one of the many pleasures that come with the reading life. Imagine what it would be like to share one with thousands of friends. Harris County Public Library and other area library systems are doing just that.

Today we are kicking off Gulf Coast Reads 2012. During the month of October, we are encouraging everyone to read Jonathan Safran Foer's bestselling novel, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and to join us for book discussions, movie screenings and many other special events inspired by the novel; capped off with a conversation and book signing with the author on October 27. 

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