Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Galveston Reads Reading List December 2011

The final 11 books from the Reading Committee.  The committee will be whittling the list down this January, 2012.

Unbroken, WW2 & The Olympic Runner
Room: A Novel
Packing for Mars
The Wicked River When It Last Ran Wild
The Big Year
Empire of the Summer Moon
The Leftovers
Farewell My Subaru
The Submission
Homecoming of Samuel Lake
The Big Thirst

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Upcoming exhibit at Rosenberg Library

Upcoming exhibit for Still Alice in 2012: On display in the lobby, by the Circulation Desk of the Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Street, Galveston, Texas.

by Lynn Burke

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Group Leader Training Kicks Off Season! Tuesday, Nov 15th

Galveston Reads started training for group leaders with Dr. John Gorman in the newly renovated Fox Room at the Rosenberg Library. Dr. Gorman lead the training with his usual challenge to the readers, please leave your papers face down, as Dr. Gorman is used to talking to a room full of students. He provided great tips and insight to the book, Still Alice with what to look for, such as, "All the books are depressing, why another depressing book?".

Dr. Gorman brought up the butterfly motif and the changes Alice is facing, along with her butterfly folder, in case she has to implement her backup plan, if she can not face being in the Alzheirmer's Special Care Unit. Issues such as Alice's identity, linked to her professional career as a Harvard professor, all seem to fall to the wayside, as her Alzheimer's progresseses. Ultimately, Dr. Gorman asks the question, is the book about the love and family support, as Alice's daughters, Lydia and Anna bend their lives to give Alice safety and familial connection.

Most of us left with the skills and ideas needed to lead book discussions.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Committee Meetings July 20, 2011

The Galveston Reads 2011-2012 Programming Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 3pm-4pm in the Randall Room at the Rosenberg Library. This committee develops and plans programs for the community based on the 2012 Galveston Reads selection, Still Alice, by Lisa Genova.

From 4pm-5pm, the Readers Committee will meet in the Randall Room. Avid readers are welcome to join this committee and help to narrow down possible books for the 2013 Galveston Reads book selection.

Ideas and suggestions are welcome. If you are interested in participating on either committee or have questions or comments, please call 409-763-8854.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Readers/Book Selection Meeting in June: Friday 17th: 3 pm

Readers! We are meeting in June.

Friday, 3 pm

Randall Room, 1st Flor Rosenberg Library

Contact Glennda Rassin for more information: rassin at

Monday, May 23, 2011

May Meeting: Tuesday: May 24th: Galveston Reads: Committees Meetings

3 pm: Book Selection Committee: avid readers welcome.

4 pm: Galveston Reads Committee: including programming and funding ideas.

Book for 2012 is:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Date: 5/24/2011

Description: Committee meeting for Galveston Reads: Still Alice. New committee members most welcome.

Snacks will be served~

Location: Randall Room, Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave, Galveston 77550

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2012 Book Chosen: Still Alice

The Galveston Reads Committee is proud to announce the 2012 book choice:

Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

Three good book choices for readers

By Dale Taylor
Special to The Daily News
Published April 7, 2011

Galveston Reads and members of the Galveston County community are in the process of deciding on one of three excellent books that will serve as the selection for next year’s program.

The final choices are “Zeitoun,” by Dave Eggers; “One Amazing Thing,” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; and “Still Alice,” by Lisa Genova.

Galveston Reads, a “One City, One Book” program, now is collecting votes for the 2012 selection. Voting ends April 27. Pick up these books at Rosenberg Library and vote for your favorite by email at galvestonreadsbooks(at) or kstanley(at)

You can also phone in your vote to Karen Stanley, 409-763-8854, Ext. 119, or by filling out a bookmark ballot at the library.

Galveston Reads encourages reading by offering programs at various locations throughout Galveston County that revolve around the selection. The current selection is “Into the Beautiful North,” by Luis Alberto Urrea.

The three books being considered for next year’s program will pose a difficult challenge for book lovers. Each has something unique to offer.

“Zeitoun” is based on the real account of Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun, whose experiences before and after Hurricane Katrina will leave you chilled. This one is difficult to put down.

Zeitoun and his wife own a paint contracting business and have three children. Zeitoun, originally from Syria, decides to remain in New Orleans during and after the storm.

His story will make you want to write your congressional representatives to revise laws and procedures associated with evacuations.

This riveting story also opens the door between cultures. You will understand the importance of religious freedom and human rights. Eggers does a good job at staying out of the way of his characters and allowing them to tell their story.

“One Amazing Thing” broadens the cultural canvas with a group of nine people who’ve survived an earthquake in an unnamed U.S. city.

The story is an homage to Chaucer, whose 12th century “Canterbury Tales” allows the telling of stories from several pilgrims on their way to a religious site.

The survivors of the earthquake are as feisty and lively as Chaucer’s characters and feature a Caucasian couple at odds with one another, an African-American man who helps steady the group, a Chinese grandmother with a tale of forbidden love and Indian characters who are both in love and at cross purposes with one another.

The storytelling provides a civilizing influence as the group has no other choice but to get along as they are trapped in the basement of an Indian consulate. The novel shifts point of view throughout; however, we have no trouble following the stories of each character.

“Still Alice” follows the slow demise of Alice Howland, a cognitive psychologist who has spent her career as an academician at Harvard University. The story follows her shock and disappointment, frustration and gradual loss of memory as she struggles to cope with Alzheimer’s disease, her family and the loss of her identity.

“Still Alice” creates a sad portrait of a woman at odds with herself and the trials involved in surviving personal challenges.

I’d vote for “Zeitoun.” What’s your pick?

Dale Taylor holds a doctorate in English literature and is a professor at Galveston College.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Experts in Community Health and Law to Lead Migration Issues Panel Discussion

Free event hosted by Galveston Reads will be held at 3pm on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The Original Mexican Restaurant, 1401 Market St., Galveston Texas

Rebecca J. Hester, Ph.D., Anne Bronwyn Chandler, J.D., and AJ Halvorsen, R.N. will lead a Panel Discussion on Migration Issues as the last part of the Galveston Reads 2011 event series in March, 2011. Galveston Reads 2011 programming is based on the book, Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. The Migration Issues Panel Discussion, free to the public, will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 3pm in The Original Mexican Restaurant located at 1401 Market St. in Galveston.

Panelists will share diverse and in-depth expertise and experience with the community.

Rebecca J. Hester, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at UTMB. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Department of Politics, with an emphasis in Latin American and Latino Studies. Dr. Hester’s interests include multiculturalism as it pertains to medical education.

Anne Bronwyn Chandler, J.D. is the Director of the Tahirih Justice Center in Houston. Formerly the Interim Director of the Immigration Clinic at University of Houston Law Center, Chandler has also worked as an immigration attorney for YMCA International Services.

AJ Halvorsen is a R.N. at St. Vincent’s House. Halvorsen has served in that capacity for the past five years, bringing together the medical, nursing, and social service community to meet Galveston’s needs.

For more information about this Galveston Reads event, contact the Rosenberg Library reference desk at 409-763-8854 ext. 115.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Summary of Presentation by Galveston Reads Author Luis Alberto Urrea

By Casey Canton on Friday, February 18, 2011

Last night I attended Luis Alberto Urrea’s presentation on his book “Into the Beautiful North” at Galveston College. When I walked in, I was relieved to see they had light snacks and refreshments, so I took a cookie and a cup of juice and found a seat. The room filled up fast and they had to bring in dozens of extra chairs to accommodate the crowd. It was nice to see so many people interested in reading! I saw several familiar faces there including my government professor and his wife, friends from the Rosenberg library, and a couple of friends from around the campus.

I was pleasantly surprised at the entertainment value of the presentation. Urrea is a pretty funny guy and has a sly way of making his audience chuckle while concurrently taking in the gravity of his message. He talked for about an hour about where he grew up, how he came to America, and told stories of his family. He explained how he incorporated family and friends from his journey into the book with heartfelt meaning and dedication. His stories captivated me and I found myself enthralled as the words danced off his tongue with lingual finesse. It mimicked the feeling of the climax of a really good movie.

Urrea closed his presentation with a Q & A session in which he answered questions from the audience for about thirty minutes, during which he mentions that the book has a movie in the works, as does one of his other books, “The Hummingbird’s Daughter.” After meticulously answering several questions from the crowd, he proceeded to the back of the room where he signed books and chatted with people as they moved through the line.

This was my first experience of attending a book signing and presentation of this nature. Having only read a few chapters of “Into the Beautiful North,” I am now even more enthusiastic about diving in and finishing this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and I am grateful that the possibility for extra credit in class lured me in. In the future I will probably jump at the chance for an opportunity like this.



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Movie Screening of “The Magnificent Seven” for Galveston Reads

Galveston Reads will be hosting a movie screening of “The Magnificent Seven” with discussion immediately following the movie. This event will be held at Galveston College at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. The facilitator for the group discussion will be Alan Griffin, who has lead several past discussions for Galveston Reads. . “The Magnificent Seven” was selected for the showing and group discussion because this movie inspired the heroine of Into the Beautiful North, this year’s Galveston Reads book, to set off from Mexicoon a journey to the United States to recruit seven men, her own “Siete Magnificos” to defend her hometown. The book’s heroine must embark, on this journey from her native village in Mexico because all the able bodied men have migrated north to work in the United States.

Into the Beautiful North was written by Luis Alberto Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize finalist who draws on his Mexican-American heritage for many of his insights. In the words of Dr. Curley, one of the Galveston Reads panelists, “Urrea’s background qualifies him as a voice of the border. He was raised Mexican in Tijuana and then American in San Diego by a Mexican father and an American mother.” Urrea has said “the border runs down the middle of me. I have a barbed-wire fence neatly bisecting my heart.” As part of this year’s Galveston Reads activities, Mr. Urrea, has been invited to make a presentation for the Galveston Reads series on February 17th at the Galveston College auditorium

This version of Akira Kurasawa’s “Seven Samurai” is an American remake with Yul Brynner leading the seven gunslingers to repel the banditos, similar to the drug lords making their way into Tres Camarones from the book Into the Beautiful North.

Galveston Reads, is a “One City, One Book” program, which has selected the book, Into the Beautiful North, by Luis Alberto Urrea for this year. Galveston Reads encourages reading by offering programs held at various locations throughout Galveston County that revolve around the selection.

Continue the journey with Nayeli and her friends by attending the screening of the movie “The Magnificent Seven”. This is the second event of the current Galveston Reads year. The season began with a book discussion at Mod Coffee House, followed by a well attended Professors’ Panel in the Wortham Auditorium at the Rosenberg Library. Galveston Reads book discussions and events start in January and continue through March.

The journey will continue with several more book discussions, events such as the author’s visit on February 17 at Galveston College, and the closing event at the Original Mexican restaurant. Please join the Galveston community in watching and discussing this movie at Galveston College.

Time: 6:30 pm

Galveston College

4015 Ave. Q, Room FA 207

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

For more information or schedule of events about the one city/one book project, Galveston Reads visit

All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Week 6

What is the name of the taqueria/internet café owned by Tacho?

A: The Fallen Hand

B: The Broken Foot

C: The Crooked Finger

Send answers to: galvestonreadsbooks(at)


Galveston Reads Trivia Contest
Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy St.
Galveston, TX 77550

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Discussion at The Mosquito Cafe (photos)

Photos of Professors' Panel and Summary of Discussion

From the Four Professors’ Panel, each professor gave an interesting overview of the book from different perspectives and entertained questions and statements from the audience.

Michael Berberich: overview of the book, summary.

Steve Curley: Urrea’s background qualifies him as a voice of the border. He was raised Mexican in Tijuana and then American in San Diego by a Mexican father and an American mother. Urrea has said “the border runs down the middle of me. I have a barbed-wire fence neatly bisecting my heart.”

John Gorman: Analogies between the book and the classical model of the Journey Quest and its Hero—Took a survey that determined that very nearly everybody really liked the book and its characters—Discussed the possibility that the ending soft-pedaled the Lethalness of drug gangs when they’re crossed (acknowledging that deadly violence got its due elsewhere—in the Border section of the tale- Talked about the whole set of current attitudes toward illegal migrants and how attitudes have hardened and how the affection we feel for Nayeli and her crew is a counterweight to that angry bitterness.

Carol Bunch Davis: In many ways, Dr. Davis points out, this is a coming of age story in that Nayeli, Tacho, and the other young women walk away from their experiences with a more mature and realistic outlook on their lives and on life in the U.S., and the novel enables such discovery through the use of popular culture to enact introspection and self-awareness.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Week 5

Nayeli chose to go to the United States to protect her village from whom?

(A) Thieves

(B) Her father

(C) Drug Dealers

Send answers to: galvestonreadsbooks(at)


Galveston Reads Trivia Contest

Rosenberg Library

2310 Sealy St.

Galveston, TX 77550



What three songs by a popular country singer, Patsy Cline, does Matt believe that every American bowling alley must install on their juke boxes?

A) Back In Baby’s Arm, Crazy Dreams, True Love

B) Crazy, Walkin’ After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces

C) Your Cheatin’ Heart, San Antonio Rose, So Wrong’

Send answers to: galvestonreadsbooks(at)


Galveston Reads Trivia Contest

Rosenberg Library

2310 Sealy St.

Galveston, TX 77550

Saturday, January 15, 2011



In what state did Nayeli see the giant priarie dog?

A)  Georgia
B)  Kansas
C)  Texas

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Galveston Reads Trivia Contest
Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy St.
Galveston, TX 77550


What is the name of the movie that triggers Nayeli's travel into the United States?

A)  "The Magnificent Seven"
B)  "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
C)  "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

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Galveston Reads Trivia Contest
Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy St.
Galveston, TX 77550

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Galveston Reads Trivia Contest

Galveston Reads Trivia Contest – Week 1

From staff reports

The Daily News

Published December 26, 2010

Want a chance to win $100 of books of your choice? Enter the inaugural Galveston Reads Trivia Contest.
Each week for the next six weeks, a trivia question will be asked.

All of the answers can be found in the Galveston Reads 2011 book choice, “Into The Beautiful North,” by Alberto Urrea.

1) Nayeli carries a postcard from her father. From what city and state does the postcard originate?

A) Miami, Florida
B) Kankakee, Illinois
C) Los Angeles, California

Send answers to: galvestonreadsbooks(at)


Galveston Reads Trivia Contest
Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy St.
Galveston, TX 77550

You can’t lose with Galveston Reads

By Glennda Rassin

Special to The Daily News

Published December 26, 2010

Win by reading the 2011 Galveston Reads book choice “Into The Beautiful North.”

Win by taking the opportunity to meet with Alberto Urrea, the author of “Into The Beautiful North,” at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Galveston College.

Win by attending the special showing of the vintage movie “The Magnificent Seven.” Find out about the movie’s role in “Into The Beautiful North” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Galveston College.

Win by attending “Into The Beautiful North” discussion groups led by trained leaders.

Win by discussing “Into The Beautiful North” with a panel of professors 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Rosenberg Library.

Win $100 of books of your choice by entering the first Galveston Reads Trivia Contest.

Everyone has a chance! Every time you answer correctly your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win books of your choice from The Galveston Bookshop.

Six chances to be a winner! Each week for the next six weeks, a trivia question will be asked. All of the answers can be found in the Galveston Reads book choice, “Into The Beautiful North.”

The questions will appear each Sunday in the newspaper and on the Galveston Reads’ 2011 webpage, To qualify, each answer must be received before the next question is asked.

Send your answers each week to Galveston Reads Trivia Contest, Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St., Galveston, TX 77550 or e-mail to galvestonreadsbooks(at)

Each correct answer will be entered for the drawing.

Urrea, the author of “Into The Beautiful North, will draw the trivia winners name on Feb. 17 at Galveston College. The winner need not be present, but if present will receive an autographed book from Mr. Urrea.

Win by attending our closing celebration and panel discussion about migration issues of the Galveston Reads Program for “Into The Beautiful North” at 3 p.m. March 12 at The Original Mexican Restaurant.

“Into The Beautiful North” is the eighth book chosen by Galveston Reads.

It is an amusing, poignant story about a strong young woman and her friends who are concerned about the drug lords beginning to invade their small village. The woman and her friends figure out a way that might rid their town of these vicious men but it includes an adventure to the United States.

To find out more about her quest, pick up “Into The Beautiful North” from your local bookstore or borrow it from Rosenberg Library or The Robbie Farmer Memorial Library at Moody Methodist Church.

See more about Galveston Reads programs at or by reading The Daily News for more information about upcoming events.

Glennda Rassin, a social work therapist in private practice, enjoys helping choose a book each year for Galveston Reads.