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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
Adults

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
Adults

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.

Thanks, and We'll See You Soon!

We want to take a minute to express our gratitude to everyone who worked so hard for the better part of a year to make Gulf Coast Reads 2016 a success. Special thanks, of course, go out to our author, Jan Jarboe Russell, who traversed the region end to end and top to bottom with far more graciousness, good humor and gusto than we had any right to expect. Thanks also to Dr. Abbie Grubb, William McWhorter and our other visiting scholars whose expertise put the events described in The Train to Crystal City into other contexts both past and present. Thanks to Crystal City internee Eb Fuhr who joined us via Skype at Harris County Law Library for sharing his experiences. Finally, we want to thank all of the Gulf Coast Readers who attended programs and book discussions. It is your enthusiasm for reading and its power to strengthen communities that makes this program possible.

Until next time, we wish you all happy reading!

Author Talk @ Texas Southern University. Thursday, 6:30PM

Note: This program is your last chance during Gulf Coast Reads to hear Jan Jarboe Russell speak and to get a signed copy of The Train to Crystal City

That thousands of Japanese, German and Italians were sent to internment camps as "enemy aliens" is one thing, it is another thing entirely to use those people--some of the U.S. citizens--as bargaining chips to gain the release of other U.S. citizens captured abroad during wartime. As is so movingly illustrated in The Train to Crystal City, the strain that coerced "repatriation" put on families was immense. Thursday at Texas Southern University Library, Jan Jarboe Russell will this prisoner exchange program dubbed "Quiet Passage" in context of how war intensifies painful jolts to personal, family, cultural, and national status, and stymies opportunity.

This event will take place in the Honors College Auditorium in the basement of the Robert J. Terry Library on the TSU campus, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m and will be followed by a book signing.

Jan Jarboe Russell Talks About Motivations and Process @ San Jacinto College Tuesday

Writing a book takes serious committment. Think about the time and energy that goes into one, then think about the fact that in many cases, the writer has no guarantee that anyone will want to read the end product, let alone publish it. Tuesday at San Jacinto College, Jan Jarboe Russell will talk about what motivated her to write The Train to Crystal City, as well as her writing and research process. A book signing will follow.

Also of interest tomorrow, Jeffrey L. Littlejohn, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies in History, Sam Houston State University, will discuss The Train to Crystal City at Montgomery County - Charles B. Stewart West Branch and historian Dr. Abbie Grubb will review the events that fueled The Train to Crystal City with a special emphasis on the role of minority military units durning World War II.

Gulf Coast Reads @ MFAH

This is where art and literature meet!   Don’t miss this unique Museum tour experience, creating bridges between the literary and visual arts by connecting the major themes and ideas found in The Train to Crystal City, to artworks in the Museum’s collection.  The next tour--and your last chance for Gulf Coast Reads 2016--is scheduled for Thursday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Call (713) 649-7323 or email mpeele@mfah.org now to reserve your spot.

Jan Jarboe Russell Joins Lamar U. Historians for Panel Discussion. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1 - 3 PM.

Beaumont-native, Jan Jarboe Russell will join a panel of Lamar University History Department professors for a discussion of The Train to Crystal City as well as the research and process behind it. The program will be held on campus at the Mary and John Gray Library, 8th floor University Reception Center.

Law Library Series Wraps Up with Jan Jarboe Russell and a Conversation with a Crystal City Internee

The Harris County Law Library's Immigration Law and Internment Camps in Texas series wraps up Tuesday with a discussion of The Train to Crystal City with author, Jan Jarboe Russell, and Assistant County Attorney, Julie Coun

Japanese, German, and Italian Enemy Alien Internment Camps in Texas During WWII

william mcwhorterThe lessons of history would all too soon be forgotten without the dedication of people like historian William McWhorter, recently named Executive Director of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC). The organization is, in McWhorter’s words, “responsible for promoting awareness and helping with the education of Texans about the Holocaust and several other genocides.”

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