Join Fort Bend Libraries for reading initiative

Fort Bend County Libraries invites the public to join in the “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page” reading program, a community-wide reading project encouraging communities to read and discuss a particular book together in October and November. The 2013 selection for “Gulf Coast Reads” is Peter Heller’s debut novel, The Dog Stars.

In this post-apocalyptic novel, Heller takes a battered and brutal landscape and finds joy and hope where none was seen before. After a flu pandemic wipes out most of humanity, Hig finds himself alone at a small country airstrip in Colorado with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley. With his wife gone and his friends dead, Hig spends his days flying the perimeter of his airport community, looking out for intruders and thinking about the things he has lost. When a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life might exist beyond the boundaries of his home. Risking everything, he flies past his point-of-no-return and follows the static-broken transmission, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could imagine.

Book discussions on The Dog Stars will take place at different locations throughout the library system on various dates and times throughout the months of October and November.

Fort Bend County Libraries will present showings of a movie with a theme similar to that of The Dog Stars. The movie to be featured is a science-fiction thriller starring Will Smith as Robert Neville, a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of a terrible man-made, incurable virus that decimated everyone in New York City and – perhaps — the world. Mutant victims of the plague – The Infected – lurk in the shadows, watching Neville’s every move and waiting for him to make a fatal mistake. Every day, Neville sends out radio messages in a desperate plea to find any other survivors, while working constantly to develop a cure for the plague using his own immune blood. This film is rated PG-13.

The movie will be shown at the following locations, beginning at 2:00 pm:
• October 5 — Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway
• October 26 – First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land

The “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page” program is a collaborative reading initiative coordinated by Fort Bend County Libraries, the Harris County Public Library System, the Brazoria County Library System, the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, Houston Public Library, and other library and educational institutions, museums, and bookstores. This “one book, one community” reading event is designed to encourage reading and discussion of the same book at the same time, provoking dialogue among co-workers, friends, families, and classrooms.

Call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677, or check the library’s webpage – – for the schedule of programs, which are free and open to the public.

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