Library Foundation Invests in Austin Public Library's African-American Collection
Katrina Brooks, owner of Black Pearl Books, selects titles for the Austin Public Library (Photo courtesy of Katrina Brooks)
The Library Foundation has invested $11,000 in the Austin Public Library's African-American collection as part of an ongoing commitment to racial equity and diversity. All of the nearly 500 new titles were purchased from local bookseller Black Pearl Books. Katrina Brooks, the owner of Black Pearl Books, helped curate the list of titles, which includes books by, about, and for African-Americans.
"The goal was to offer a selection of titles that any one individual can identify with, pique an interest, or be introduced to someone else’s story, " Brooks said. "There are so many ways to share the black experience! And it’s important that libraries house books that are representative of their constituents."
The list includes books for kids, young adults, and adults, with subjects ranging from fiction to memoirs, biographies, self-help, religion, cookbooks, and other nonfiction.
The Library Foundation’s Executive Director, Tim Staley, said, “The Library Foundation is thrilled to support the Austin Public Library’s effort to address the high demand for books about race, racism and the Black American experience, while also supporting a black-owned local business.”
“The Austin Public Library is such a wonderful resource,” says Brooks. “We are very grateful to be a part of this initiative and assist in identifying titles that help them grow their diverse selections.”
For more information about Black Pearl Books, please visit their website.
Join us for an evening with Charles Yu
Thursday, October 21 at 7pm

Join us for a virtual event with Interior Chinatown author Charles Yu! Yu will discuss Interior Chinatown in this conversation moderated by Austin Asian American Film Festival Executive Director Hanna Huang.

Event is free and open to all. To receive the Zoom link, please register on Eventbrite.
Q&A with Charles Yu

Q: In addition to novels and short stories, you've also written for TV shows. How did your experience in that industry come into play while writing Interior Chinatown, with regard to both the screenplay structure and the faux-production setting?

A: I was spending my days in the writers' room for various shows, thinking about scripts and their structure all day. At night, I'd try to make progress on my novel, and I guess the script regions of my brain were still working and they said, "Hey man, I see you're having some trouble with that novel you're writing. Why don't you try to use me?" I guess one part of my brain convinced the other part to give it a shot.
Celebrate Banned Books Week

Due to Covid-19, we will not be celebrating Banned Books Week with our annual Banned Books Bash. But you can join PEN America on Tuesday, September 28th at 7pm at the Carpenter Hotel for a celebration of the freedom to read. Writer and editor Chris Tomlinson (coeditor of Forget the Alamo) and young adult author Ashley Hope Pérez (author of Out of Darkness) will discuss recent threats to free expression in Texas.

Learn more about PEN America’s advocacy against book bans and championing the freedom to learn.

We look forward to seeing you at our Banned Books Bash next year!
Shop the APL store in person or online!

Browse APL-themed goodies at the store in the Central Library, or order online and have it shipped nationwide!

Become a Library Foundation Member

Show your love for the library and support exciting programs and initiatives. Learn more about membership perks here.
Photo by Andy Sieverman
The Library Foundation | (512) 542-0076 | E-mail | Website