Books

Femme Fatales...Hardboiled Detectives... Red Hot Houston Noir Coming to your Library

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, each set in a single city, with the long-awaited Houston Noir, released in May 2019. Join the editor (and Houston's first poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda) and authors from this exciting collection at a library near you for readings, workshops, mystery, and mayhem!

Clear Lake City - County Freeman Branch Library
June 5, 6:30 PM
The editor and authors, including local Larry Watts, will talk about crafting dark stories in Clear Lake, Sunset Heights, and other Houston-area settings. Aspiring noir writers welcome!

Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library
June 6, 6:30 PM, 
Mystery writers, come to a workshop designed to jumpstart your imaginations. Get tips on story- and submission-crafting from award-winning novelist Stephanie Jaye Evans and editor Gwendolyn Zepeda.

Lone Star College - CyFair Branch Library
June 12, 7:00 PM
Join Houston’s former poet laureate and champion slam poet Deborah DEEP Mouton as she and other authors read from stories set throughout the city. Prepare for an interactive experience!

All events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at each event.

Meet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Come to the Evelyn Meador Branch Library Monday, May 20, at 11:00 AM for the special author appearance of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni! This wonderful local author will be discussing and signing her book "Before We Visit the Goddess", a powerful story about three generations of mothers and daughters who find strength in each other. Everyone is welcome to this event, so don't miss out!

The Page Turners

BecomingTitle to be discussed: Becoming by Michelle Obama.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life."

Crosby Book Club Meets Friday, May 17 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club will meet Friday, May 17 at 2 pm.  In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month we will discuss Moloka'i, by Alan Brennert.  Drawing from historical accounts of the Kalaupapa leprosy settlement, this is the story of Rachel Kalama, a girl growing up in a big, loving Hawaiian family....until the day she is separated from everyone and everything she holds dear.  Though shadowed by disease, exile, and loss, Rachel embraces life with determination and courage, finding a new family and community in the process.  

Happy Mother's Day!

Just because the Evelyn Meador Library is closed on Sunday doesn’t mean that we don’t love and celebrate Mother’s Day. We appreciate all the moms in our community who do so much to help their kids and teach them to read and come to the library. To help you celebrate Mother’s Day, here are some great children’s books about mothers that would be perfect reads this Sunday (or any time you want to read about moms):

-My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell: A hard-working mother's extraordinary accomplishments are listed by her devoted child.

May Book Clubs at Northwest Branch Library

Good news readers, there are several book clubs that meet regularly at the Northwest Branch Library. Did you know that there are several benefits associated with actively attending a book club? Book clubs have been known to decrease stress and are good for those customers who are of retirement age. Book Clubs can help participants gain new perspective on an issue, make new friends and to hopefully become more involved in their community. Also, if you're an aspiring writer, regular book club participation can help improve or expand your own writing skills. Perhaps the best reason to particpiate in an active book club is that it can give a reader the push they need to finish that book.

Wondering What to Read Next?

Everyone who reads has hit that point where they finish a book and wonder what to read next. It’s sometimes hard to decide, especially when you are in the mood for something specific. Luckily, the library has lots of resources to help you to find a good book to read. Here are a few that can help you find the perfect book next time you are looking for what to read next:

Poetry Reading at the Evelyn Meador Library

This Saturday at 2:00 PM, there will be a Poetry Reading at the Evelyn Meador Library in celebration of National Poetry Month. Five local poets, Choonwah Moon, Matthew Riley, Weasel Patterson and David E. Cowen, and Susan Musch, published in a variety of journals and anthologies, will be reading from their own works during this program. This program promises to be an inspiring and powerful presentation for Poetry lovers of all ages.

For more information on these poets and authors, use the links below. 

The Page Turners

FikryTitle to be discussed: The storied life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: A cantankerous bookstore owner reconnects with his community after a low point in his life.

Crosby Book Club Meets Friday, April 12 @ 2 pm

Crosby Book Club meets Friday, April 12 at 2 pm to discuss A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  Towles' main character, Count Alexander Rostov, an aristocratic man of leisure, has been caught up in the political chaos of early 20th century Russia.  Exiled in his own country for succumbing "irrevokably to the corruptions of his class", Rostov must create a life of purpose within the confines of Moscow's famed Metropol hotel.  Will he be successfull, and if so, how? 

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