News of The World by Paulette Jiles

1870, North Texas, rainy and cold. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels from town to town giving readings from the latest newspapers, bringing the news of the world to isolated towns on the Texas frontier. In Wichita Falls, he is asked to return a captive girl to her relatives near San Antonio, 400 miles to the south. The old man and the ten-year-old start out on a hazardous journey, no less risky because the girl considers herself now a Kiowa and does not have the slightest desire to return. Bandits and Comanche raids and violent weather make as many difficulties as the ten-year-old girl who can’t speak English eats with her hands and knows how to use a revolver. In the end, he finds he must return her to relatives who don’t want her, even though he and the girl have become trusting friends. A story of courage and honor and the truth that these two things are often the possession of even the unlikeliest people.

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, TX.

GCR Highlights, October 23 - 31


Here are a few of the highlights coming soon to a library near you.

Paulette Jiles at the 2016 National Book Awards Finalists Reading

Here are a few coming highlights:

The Saga of Cynthia Ann Parker
A presentation by author and Texas historian Joe Tom Davis
Wharton County Library - El Campo
Friday, October 13. 10:30 AM
Adults & teens

Texas Newspapers Forge a Path in Reconstruction
Explore news stories from Reconstruction-era Texas.
Harris County Public Library - Evelyn Meador
Wednesday, October 18. 11:00 AM

Visiting the Past: Digital Newspaper Archives
Learn how to use Portal to Texas History online to search & view newspapers from the past
Harris County Public Library - Atascocita
Thursday, October 19. 7:00 PM

Newspapers in Early Texas
A presentation by Lisa Struthers, Director of the Herzstein Library at the San Jacinto Museum of History
Harris County Public Library - La Porte
Saturday, October 21, 10:30 AM
Adults & teens

Plus book discussions galore, including Pages by the Pint at No Label Brewery in Katy on Tuesday, Oct 17, and  Houston Great Books on Saturday, October 14 at Bayou Bend as part of the 3rd Annual Celebration of Literary Discussion.

GCR Highlights, October 7 - 14

Gulf Coast Reads 2017 is galloping along. Here are a few highlights of the coming week. 

The Art & Craft of Blacksmithing
Live smithiing demonstration and history seminar
Montgomery County - R. B. Tullis Library
Sat. Oct 7. 10AM

Comanche History, Culture & Traditions
Lance Tahmahkera, descendent of Cynthia Anne Parker and her equally famous son Chief Quanah Parker, talks about his family's history as well as Comanche culture and traditions. 
Bazoria County - Lake Jackson Library
Thu. Oct 12. 6:30PM

No News is Good News: People, Politics & Propaganda in Reconstruction Texas
Dr. Ken Grubb will discuss the role of newspapers and the media in post-Civil War Texas.
Deer Park Library
Thu. Oct. 12. 7PM.

Check out the Gulf Coast Reads Calendar of Events to find out what's going on in your neck of the woods.