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Harris County Public Library Presents Authorama

A weeklong celebration featuring exclusive live author talks by bestsellers Saeed Jones, Andrew Aydin, Gloria Chao, Chris Barton and More.


To close out its 2020 Summer Reading Program, Harris County Public Library (HCPL) will be hosting a slate of online author talks by local and nationally-known writers and illustrators including Andrew Aydin, creator of the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award winning graphic novel MARCH, poet and memoirist Saeed Jones, author of young adult bestseller American Panda, Gloria Chao, prolific children’s book author Chris Barnes and former Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton among others. All of the author talks will give the audience a chance to interact with the authors in a question and answer format following the presentation.


“HCPL wanted, first and foremost, to celebrate talented and compelling authors,” says Jennifer Schwartz, Programming Services Manager for HCPL, “but also ones who can share their own experiences with issues that are crucially important to people right now.”


HCPL Summer Authorama programs will be presented on Harris County Public Library’s Facebook Live (@harriscountypl). All are free and open to the public. No registration is required.


HCPL Summer Authorama


Tuesday, July 21, 11 AM – 12 PM

Draw LIVE with Picture Book Author/Illustrator Keith Graves
Keith Graves will talk about his experience as an author and illustrator and will provide a step-by-step lesson in drawing, followed by a Q & A session. Participants will need to have 2 blank sheets of paper, and a pencil.


Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Newsworthy: A Poetry Reading and Reflection with Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton
With racial tensions running high, it is hard to imagine how we got here. It is even harder to imagine how we will get out. How do we kick start the conversation? Join us for this LIVE event with former Houston Poet Laureate Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton as she reads from her new collection Newsworthy and discusses using discomfort as a jumping-off point for change.

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Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 – 7:30 PM 

NEW DATE: Wednesday, Aug. 5 -- 6:30 PM

Andrew Aydin: The Time Is Now; Becoming Agents for Change

Please note: In light of the recent passing of his friend and mentor, civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin’s online event, The Time Is Now: Becoming Agents for Change will be pushed back one week. HCPL encourages you to join us on August 5 to celebrate the life and work of Congressman Lewis. Mr. Aydin worked with Congressman Lewis for many years and will share his thoughts on how we can honor his legacy at this crucial time in our history by becoming agents for change.

Andrew Aydin is the creator and co-author of the MARCH graphic novel trilogy, with civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis and artist Nate Powell. The New York Times Bestselling MARCH is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. In this vibrant discussion, Mr. Aydin will relate history to current events, and help empower citizens to seize this moment in history and be a constructive force in the continuing fight for human rights. Mr. Aydin will take questions from the audience following his talk.

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Thursday, July 30, 11:00 – 11:30 AM

Live Talk and Q&A with Picture Book Author Chris Barton

Join us for a fun and informative event with award-winning picture book author Chris Barton. He will talk about his books, his experiences as an author, and will take questions from the audience. Chris Barton is the author of picture books including bestseller Shark vs. Train, Sibert Honor-winning The Day-Glo Brothers, Orbis Pictus honoree Dazzle Ships, Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, and What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

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Thursday, July 30, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Gloria Chao and Addie Tsai: YA Authors in Conversation

Join us for a lively discussion between two contemporary Young Adult authors, Gloria Chao and Addie Tsai, as they talk about their latest works, the journey to writing YA Literature and coming of age stories, and what we can expect from them next. A Q & A will follow the discussion. Gloria Chao is the critically acclaimed author of American Panda, Our Wayward Fate, and the upcoming Rent a Boyfriend (Sep 1, 2020). Addie Tsai. Addie Tsai teaches literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College and is the author of queer Asian young adult novel, Dear Twin.

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Thursday, July 30, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saeed Jones in Conversation with Tayari Jones

In his award-winning debut memoir, HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES, poet Saeed Jones tells his story, of growing up black and gay in the South and fighting to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Join us for this unique opportunity to be part of an intimate, LIVE conversation between Saeed Jones and his friend and mentor, author Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), as they discuss his recent memoir and what it means to write about black families. There will be time for your questions after the conversation.

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