Join us at 4 p.m. on October 17 to discuss this year's Gulf Coast Reads selection, The Dog Stars  by Peter Heller. Hig, the main character, survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield, sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life, something like his old life, exists beyond the airport. To learn more about Gulf Coast Reads, see www.gulfcoastreads.org .