Back in February, a future Austinite named Dan wrote into our ATXplained project, asking for recommendations for books about Austin and Texas to help orient him to the city.
“I like to know as much as possible about where I am, what community I’m a part of, where I’m living," he wrote. "It’s important for me to have an idea of the space that I’m occupying, and books are generally one good way to learn about a place.”
We turned around and posed the question to the community, and within three days, we received nearly 200 suggestions.
Because of the overwhelming response, we decided to launch a book club. Facebook offered an easy space to gather members online, so we started a group there. We recognize that not everyone wants to be on that platform, so we're also emailing folks about the latest book selections and monthly meetings.
We've been selecting books from a pared down list of the original recommendations. This month's read is Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas by Michael Hurd. We'll be meeting at BookPeople on Monday night at 7.