Mayor's Book Club

The Mayor’s Book Club is an annual citywide reading campaign that provides a community experience through reading and discussion of shared books. The program’s goal is to broaden and deepen an appreciation of literature in the Austin community, to increase the visibility of the Austin Public Library, and to promote the Library’s value to the entire community.

Each year, we select a book (or paired books), and invite all of Austin to read with us and join us for a series of programs that more deeply explores the book’s themes, questions, and foundations. The Mayor’s Book Club programs typically include a writing workshop or craft talk with the author, a reading and Q&A with the author, a community conversation around the book’s topic, and a film screening.

Stay tuned for announcements about our 2017 Mayor’s Book Club selection. 

Previous Mayor’s Book Club Selections

Each year, hundreds of readers participate in Mayor’s Book Club events, which include author readings, discussions led by authors and other well-known Austinites, writing workshops, and school visits. All events are free and the public is encouraged to attend.

2016 – A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

by Stephen Harrigan

2015 – Of Mice and Men

by John Steinbeck

2014 – Monday, Monday

by Elizabeth Crook

2013 – The Yellow Birds

by Kevin Powers
2013 – Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain

2012 - Salvage the Bones

by Jesmyn Ward

2011 - You Know When the Men Are Gone

by Siobhan Fallon

2011 - The Things They Carried

by Tim O'Brien