Gulf Coast Reads 2023 Voting Starts April 24

And the finalists are...

The Gulf Coast Reads 2023 Committee has narrowed the field of candidates to three finalists. Now, you get to choose which one readers across southeast Texas will be reading and discussing this October.

As in past years, the finalists represent an interesting range of themes and genres. We have an inspiring memoir, a depression-era drama, and a hard-hitting nonfiction novel set in our own backyard. Learn more about the finalists, then cast your vote!

Deaf Utopia

The Fishermen and the Dragon

Last Dance on the Starlight Pier

Can't decide? Here's what a few other Gulf Coast Readers think.



Voting ends May 22, 2023

What is Gulf Coast Reads?

Each October since 2011, Harris County Public Library has teamed with dozens of public and academic libraries, as well as other public and private partners for Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page.  Gulf Coast Reads is a regional reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

Each year, a representative committee of librarians selects a title that has a broad appeal to adults in our communities, is recognized in authoritative and professional journals, is available in multiple formats from print to downloadable content, and preferably, is available in multiple languages. The title should also lend itself to related programming about the themes or subjects within.

Gulf Coast Read's goal is to encourage our communities to read the same title during the month of October in order to encourage readers to come together in discussions about it with neighbors, co-workers, friends and their families, as well as in classrooms and in libraries throughout the region.

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