Gulf Coast Reads

The History of US HWY 59: Education & Safety Awareness

Join us at #KingwoodLibrary for a #GulfCoastReads special presentation on Thurs 10/18 at 6:30 PM. Texas DPS Trooper Richard Standifer will share insights & history about US Hwy 59. In addition, he will provide #safety tips for driving on Texas state highways.

Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

When having a book discussion, why not include the author, herself? That's what we did at Kingwood Library on the evening of Monday Oct 15th. Author Attica Locke joined the group via Skype. Her novel "Bluebird, Bluebird"- set in TX- was selected for this year's Gulf Coast Reads.


Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Join us at #KingwoodLibrary for coffee & conversation about this year's #GulfCoastReads selection: "Bluebird, Bluebird" by Attica Locke. We'll meet on Mon 10/15 from 7-8:45 PM in the Conference Room. "When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules." #Highway59

Book Club Meets Friday, October 19 at 2 pm

Please join us on Friday, October 19 at 2 pm to discuss this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection: Bluebird, Bluebird by native Houstonian Attica Locke.  Set in rural east Texas, Locke's story about the intersection of race and justice is both suspenseful and timely.

The Gulf Coast Reads initiative encourages communities to share discussion about Bluebird, Bluebird.  To add historical context to the reading experience, click here to view an online exhibit of photos related to this year's Gulf Coast Reads title.

Gulf Coast Reads: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

What do you get when you take forty plus libraries across nine counties in Southeast Texas, add one ripping good mystery novel by an award-winning author who also happens to be native Houstonian, and toss in oodles of related events and programs ranging from book discussions to cooking classes, from genealogy workshops to Delta blues storytelling and beyond? You get Gulf Coast Reads on the Same Page.

Now in its eighth year, Gulf Coast Reads is a regional reading initiative spearheaded by area libraries that each October encourages all Southeast Texans to read and discuss a selected book and to attend a wide variety of related events at local libraries. Its goal is to raise awareness of libraries and the services they provide, as well as illustrate the ways that reading can be a way to build engagement with the community and the world at large.

This year's Gulf Coast Reads selection is the Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. The book is "a 'heartbreakingly resonant' thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice" and "a rural noir suffused with the unique music, color, and nuance of East Texas." 

We are delighted to say that Attica Locke will be visiting two Harris County Library locations this Saturday, October 6. Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM and Barbara Bush Branch Library 3:00 - 5:00 PM. Each visit will include a presentation by the author followed a Q & A session and book signing. Admission is free. Copies of Bluebird, Bluebird will be available for purchase from the branches' Friends.

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Meet Attica Locke

Join us on October 6th at 3:00pm and meet Atticka Locke, author of the 2018 Gulf Coast Reads selection Bluebird, Bluebird! If you'd like to read Bluebird, Bluebird please visit our catalog or call us at 832-927-7800 to request a copy today.

News About Us: Southbelt Since the 70s

Visit on Thursday, October 26 at 2 p.m. to hear some of the most important or most interesting stories about people and events in our area since the 1970s, when Marie Flickinger, editor of the Southbelt Ellington Leader, and her friend Bobby Griffin started the paper. Presented by Marie Flickinger. This program is part of a series of events and book discussions at libraries throughout the area for Gulf Coast Reads.

Gulf Coast Reads News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1! Join Harris County Public Library and libraries all across southeast Texas for book discussions and special events.

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.


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