Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an exciting new initiative supporting community reading and discussion that will be held each September. This program replaces and expands the Big Read and Books on the Bayou programs from previous years and brings together libraries and community groups from Houston, Harris County and surrounding counties.
The premise of the program is that people living in Harris County and the surrounding areas along the gulf coast will all read the same book at the same time, generating discussion among co-workers, friends, families and classrooms. The goal of Gulf Coast Reads is to cultivate a culture of reading in the local area by encouraging people to come together in libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, churches, and schools to discuss the book.
This year’s selection is One Amazing Thing  by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This book was selected because it shows that culturally diverse people can come together during their collective struggle to overcome adversity. In a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the characters in the book each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. The novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself. We invite you to share your "one amazing thing" story on the Gulf Coast Reads website.
The program will begin with a kick-off celebration at Houston Public Library at 500 McKinney St. on August 27th from 11-4. For more information about the Gulf Coast Reads program, book discussion groups and author visits, and the book itself, please visit www.gulfcoastreads.org .