Gulf Coast Reads 2013

We Hope You Saved Room for Some Ham Radio

Pig at RadioIf you think “Ham Radio” sound delicious, then you definitely need to come to our program on Monday because you know nothing about ham radio!

That’s right, this coming Monday we will host Amateur Radio - 3 Million Friends and Counting. Don't miss your chance to learn about the history and practice of ham radio. It is an important hobby practiced by, well, millions. The program will be presented by the Northwest Amateur Radio Society (NARS) and is inspired by this year's Gulf Coast Reads book The Dog Stars by Peter Heller.

That’s Monday, October 28, at 6:30 pm. We’ll see you there!

Gulf Coast Reads - Book Discussion on Peter Heller's Dog Stars. Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This Thursday, October 17th, from 5 pm to 6 pm we'll be having a book discussion on Peter Heller's Dog Stars. The title is this years Gulf Coast Reads title. Come and join us in the meeting room to discuss the book.


Contact Stephanie Orr at 713-673-3237 if you have any questions about the program.

 

The Post-Apocalyptic World

wastelandThis month, Harris County Public Library, along with other libraries in the Greater Houston area, celebrates Gulf Coast Reads 2013. This year’s novel is The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. The Dog Stars follows the struggles of a man and his dog, taking refuge in a Colorado airport hanger after a flu pandemic wipes out most of the world’s population.

Novels depicting the world after apocalyptic events have always been prevelent, and television and movies are no different. Perhaps it is the conflicting emotions of the story that pull in readers and viewers: a fierce desire to survive and build a new civilization despite loneliness in the face of total devestation. The recent rise in popularity of books and movies about dystopian civilizations (e.g., The Hunger Games) feed this same desire to see a small group of people struggling together to overcome seemingly hopeless situations. Or maybe viewers just want to leave theaters knowing that no matter what happens, humanity will survive.

If you’re in the mood for a post-apocalyptic thriller this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie or television show today!

Author Peter Heller Kicks off Gulf Coast Reads 2013

An Evening with Peter Heller
Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library
Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Author photo by Tory ReadHarris County Public Library gets Gulf Coast Reads 2013 off to a flying start when Peter Heller, author of this year’s selection The Dog Stars, visits Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library on October 3 at 7:00 p.m. He will give a brief talk about how he came to write the novel, followed by a Q & A, and book signing.

Gulf Coast Reads is an annual regional reading initiative that encourages everyone living near the upper Texas Gulf Coast to read (or listen to) a selected title during the month of October.

Peter Heller’s appearance, made possible by the Friends of Freeman Library and a bequest from the estate of Jocelyn H. Lee, is just one of many events across the area in conjunction with Gulf Coast Reads and related to themes explored in the novel. Programs include sustainable gardening seminars, disaster preparedness workshops, a visit from the Houston Police Department canine unit, and many more—including, of course, plenty of discussion groups where you can share your thoughts on the book. Check your branch's events calendar for complete local listings, and ‘Like’ Gulf Coast Reads on Facebook to keep up-to-date on all the happenings in October.

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