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.

The Dog Stars, Peter Heller’s first novel, is set in Colorado after a pandemic has wiped out 99.7 percent of the world’s population and tells the story of the pilot Hig, who, accompanied by his dog Jasper, flies his 1956 Cessna into the unknown after hearing a faint transmission over the radio that kindles hope of a less lonely and hard-scrabble existence. What he finds is both better and worse than he ever could have imagined.Cover Art: Dog Stars

In addition to The Dog Stars, Peter Heller is the author of four books of literary nonfiction, and is a longtime contributor to National Public Radio and a contributing editor for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Men’s Journal. The Dog Stars was named Best Book of the Year by both Atlantic Monthly and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the Friends of Freeman Library on site.

Clear Lake City – County Freeman Branch Library is located at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston TX 77062. Phone: 281-488-1906.