The Mayor’s Book Club is an annual citywide reading campaign to develop a community experience through reading and discussion of shared books. Additionally, the program’s goal is to broaden and deepen an appreciation of literature in the Austin community, to increase the visibility of the Austin Public Library, and to promote its value to the entire community.
This year, the Mayor’s Book Club has selected the latest novel from Austin author Elizabeth Crook: Monday, Monday.
2014 Mayor's Book Club Events
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Presented jointly by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, the Texas Book Festival, and the Austin Public Library, Mayor Lee Leffingwell announces this year’s Mayor’s Book Club selection and introduces Elizabeth Crook, who will read from Monday, Monday and speak with Tim Staley, Executive Director of the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation.
Book sales & signing to follow. The Austin Public Library will also be on-site, allowing library-card holders to check out copies of the book.
Terrazas Branch Library
Austin History Center
Headline Event & Reading
John H. Faulk Central Library
Tuesday, October 7
About the Book
On an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas Tower and fired on pedestrians below. Sixteen people were killed and thirty-two were wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history.
Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre. Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets; and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. On this searing day, a relationship begins that will entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy spanning forty years. Reunited decades after the tragedy, they must confront the event that changed their lives and ruled the lives of their children.
Elizabeth Crook’s novel explores how we sustain ourselves and each other when the unthinkable happens. It is the story of a woman determined to make peace with herself, with the people she loves, and with a history that will not let her go. – from Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus, Giroux
About the Author
Elizabeth Crook is the author of three previous novels: The Raven's Bride--a Novel of Eliza, Sam Houston's First Wife; Promised Lands; and The Night Journal, which won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America and a WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West. She has written for magazines and periodicals including Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. She lives in Austin with her family.
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