Feb. 20th: Author Visit: Paulette Jiles for the 2018 Galveston Reads Program


Events Continue for the 2018 Galveston Reads Program

The Galveston Reads Committee invites the public to participate in the programs and book discussions of its 2018 reading series. This year’s Galveston Reads book choice is “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. Ms. Jiles will be headlining the schedule of events with a talk and book signing.

The library also has the book available for checkout in hard copy, audiobook, and electronic copies through Overdrive.

At a Glance

In “News of the World,” the aging itinerant Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver the young orphan to her relatives. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. Army, the ten-year-old once again has been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain prove difficult and at times dangerous.

Program Schedule

The following programs are free and open to the public. Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, February 20th (7pm) – Author Visit: Paulette Jiles (Galveston College, Seibel Wing, 4015 Ave. Q) – Meet the author of “News of the World” and join in a conversation about the book.

Book Discussions

In addition to the programs detailed above, Galveston Reads will continue to sponsor these book discussions below. Stop by and join the conversation.

  • Wednesday, February 14th (7pm) – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County, 502 Church St.

More Info

Galveston Reads would like to thank the Rosenberg Library, the Harris & Eliza Kempner Fund, Friends of the Rosenberg Library, Texas A&M Galveston, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County, Robbie Farmer Memorial Library, The Bryan Museum, Galveston Bookshop, and Galveston College for their sponsorship and support.

If you cannot attend but would still like to volunteer, contact Dustan Archer at or (409)763-8854, ext. 140. Feel free to stop by Rosenberg Library at 2310 Sealy St., Downtown Galveston.


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