This week the Deer Park Public Library will be a participating institution in the annual Gulf Coast Reads initiative. The purpose of the program is to bring communities in the Upper Texas Gulf Coast Region together by encouraging residents to read and discuss a chosen book. For more information on Gulf Coast Reads, please check the website at www.gulfcoastreads.org.
The 2017 Gulf Coast Reads title is News of the World, by Paulette Jiles. It is a historical fiction novel set in Texas during the period following the Civil War. It focuses on the relationship between an older ex-soldier and a young orphaned girl he has agreed to accompany on a journey across the state. The title was longlisted for the National Book Award and has received many favorable reviews.
Print copies of the book are available at the Deer Park Public Library, as are audiobook, Large Print, and electronic editions. The library will host a book discussion on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at 6 PM as part of the Mysteries and More Book Club. Readers can learn more about the time period in which the novel is set at a lecture presented by Dr. Ken Grubb on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7 PM. Dr. Grubb’s presentation, “No News is Good News: People, Politics, and Propaganda in Reconstruction Texas”, will discuss the role of newspapers and the media in post-Civil War Texas.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St., Deer Park, TX 77536. The library’s telephone number is 281-478-7208.