Mayor's Book Club - Keep Austin Reading
Since 2002, the Humanities Institute, in partnership with the Mayor's Office and the Austin Public Library, has been bringing readers together from throughout the community to read a common book and participate in public discussions about it. Humanities Institute faculty, staff, and noted Austin citizens lead these conversations at branch libraries across the city as part of a month-long series of events, including discussion panels, films, and exhibitions addressing the themes and issues explored in the selected book. When possible, the annual events lineup includes a visit by the author of the Mayor's Book Club selection.
2010 Mayor's Book Club - Amigoland
The ninth annual selection of the Mayor's Book Club is the book Amigoland brothers and Socorro catch a bus into Mexico hoping to discover more about a family legend.
This year the program honored a UT faculty member, Oscar Casares, who lives in Austin and teaches creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin.
The Austin Public Library, in conjunction with the Mayor's office, Austin Public Library Friends Foundation and the University of Texas Humanities Institute, launches its annual citywide reading campaign to develop a community experience through reading and discussion of a shared book. The collaborators invite all of Austin to read the book and then join together in special events and programs in April 2010.