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August 25, 2010

Houston Public Library Invites You to the
9th Annual Books on the Bayou Opening Celebration

The Houston Public Library invites the community to join Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson for the Opening Celebration of the 9th Annual Books on the Bayou: Houston Reads Together program.

Saturday, August 28, 2010
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  Central Library
500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77002
832-393-1313

All Houstonians are invited to join together to read "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood" by author Marjane Satrapi, for the 9th Annual Books on the Bayou: Houston Reads Together program. Books on the Bayou brings Houstonians together to read the same book at the same time, provoking discussion among co-workers, friends, families, and classrooms. This program cultivates a culture of reading in Houston by encouraging people to visit libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, churches, and schools to discuss the featured book.

Mayor Parker's welcome address is only one of several events which are scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at the Central Library on Saturday, August 28, 2010.

The opening celebration includes a day of Persian cuisine, musical and dance performances, speakers, book discussions, and a film screening of the award-winning film adaptation of "Persepolis" (a French film with English subtitles). The program is free and open to the public.

Following are the scheduled activities for the Books on the Bayou Opening Celebration:

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Book Discussion | 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Connie Lewis from Houston Great Books Society will lead a book discussion of "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood."  Whether you have read the book or are just thinking about reading it, you are invited to join the discussion.

Welcome Addresses | 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dance and Music | 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. 
The official opening of the 9th Annual Books on the Bayou: Houston Reads Together reading and programming series, featuring Persian cuisine, special musical and dance performances, and guest speakers Mayor Annise Parker and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Houston Public Library Director.

Archival Footage Screening | 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

A special screening of archival footage from Marjane Satrapi's visit to Houston introduced and provided by Inprint. Graphic memoirist Marjane Satrapi, author of "Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood," was featured in the 2007 - 2008 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series as a special event presentation on Saturday, April 12, 2008, Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Film Screening | 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
A special presentation of the award-winning film adaptation of "Persepolis" (a French film with English subtitles; MPAA Rating: PG-13).

Now through September 30, 2010, everyone is invited to attend the many diverse activities that are planned at all neighborhood library locations. There will be book and film discussions, displays, storytelling, and other events. For a detailed list of events, visit www.houstonlibrary.org/booksonthebayou or pick up a Resource Guide at any of the Houston Public Library's 35 neighborhood locations.