Humanities Institute

2010 Mayor's Book Club - Keep Austin Reading

Calendar of Events

Monday, April 5th, 5 p.m.
with Oscar Casares and Mayor Leffingwell
Mexican American Cultural Center–600 River Street

Thursday, April 8th, 7 p.m.
University Hills Branch–4721 Loyola Ln.

Mayor's Book Club 2010 poster

Thursday, April 8th, 7 p.m.
Pauline Strong, Director of the Humanities Institute at UT-Austin
Yarborough Branch–2200 Hancock Dr.

Tuesday, April 13th, 7 p.m.
Windsor Park Branch–5833 Westminster Dr.

Wednesday, April 21st, 7 p.m.
FILM: Harold and Maude followed by discussion panel
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar–1120 S. Lamar Blvd.

Friday, April 30th, 6 p.m.
Domino Perez, Associate Professor, Department of English and Co-Director, Center for Mexican American Studies, UT-Austin
John M. González, Associate Professor, Department of English
Oscar Casares (author)
Pauline Strong, Director, Humanities Institute, University of Texas at Austin (moderator)
Mayor Lee Leffingwell (introduction)
City Hall–Council Chambers–301 W. 2nd St.

Join us for a film series inspired by themes in the 2010 Mayor's Book Club selection.

Cocoon (1985) PG-13 117 minutes
When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.

  • Saturday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m. 
    Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln.

Buena Vista Social Club (1999) unrated 105 minutes
Ageing Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who traveled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

  • Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.
    Ruiz Branch, 1600 Grove Blvd.
  • Saturday, March 6 at 1:30 p.m.
    Little Walnut Creek Branch, 835 W. Rundberg Ln.

Harold and Maude (1971) PG 91 minutes
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

  • Monday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.
    Spicewood Springs Branch, 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd.

The Bucket List (2008) PG-13 97 minutes
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

  • Monday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m.
    Cepeda Branch, 651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.

Secondhand Lions (2003) PG 111 minutes
A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas.

  • Thursday, March 18 at 6:00 p.m.
    Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.

The Mayor's Book Club Film Series is free and open to the public.

Visit the Austin Public Library Website for a complete schedule of events.

For further information or questions, please contact the Institute at (512) 471-2654

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