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MBC 2014 update

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

   Monday Monday cover      Elizabeth Crook 

2014 Mayor's Book Club Events 

Kick-Off Event

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Tuesday, May 27, 7pm

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.

Writing Workshop

Terrazas Branch Library
Saturday, August 16, 10:30 am
Elizabeth Crook will lead a writing workshop for adults inspired by Monday, Monday.
Register here

Community Conversation  

Austin History Center
Friday, September 26, 11:30am-1:00 pm
We explore how the UT Tower shootings altered the lives of those present that day, and how witnesses came together to help and support one another. Featuring a presentation from the Austin History Center archives, conversations with witnesses and survivors, and a discussion with Elizabeth Crook.

Headline Event & Reading

John H. Faulk Central Library
Saturday, September 27, 2:00-3:30 pm
Elizabeth Crook will read from Monday, Monday, speak with readers, and answer questions about the novel.

School Outreach

Tuesday, October 7
Elizabeth Crook will speak exclusively to students at Travis High School, discuss her experiences and work as a writer, and lead a writing activity.

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.

View the 2014 Mayor's Book Club press release.

humanities texas logo   KUT radio

Previous Mayor's Book Club Selections 

Each year, hundreds of readers participate in Mayor's Book Club events, which include author readings, discussions led by authors and other well-known Austinites, writing workshops, and school visits. All events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

 2013 - Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds and
 Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk 

  Yellow Birds     Billy Lynn   

 2012 - Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones   Event video: Jesmyn Ward 

  Salvage the Bones Cover

 2011 - Siobhan Fallon's You Know When the Men Are Gone
and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried
Event videos:  IntroSiobhan Fallon,  Tim O'BrienQ & A

S. Fallon book cover   O'Brien book cover

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