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Join Fort Bend County Libraries for ‘Community Reads’ Initiative

(FORT BEND COUNTY) - Fort Bend County Libraries invites the public to join in this year’s “Community Reads” initiative, a county-wide reading program encouraging communities to read and discuss a particular book together in October and November. The 2023 selection for “Community Reads” is Rubén Degollado’s debut novel, The Family Izquierdo.

Book discussions on The Family Izguierdo will take place at different locations throughout the library system on various dates and times during the months of October and November. The “Community Reads” initiative will conclude at FBCL’s annual Book Fest on Nov. 18, with a keynote presentation by Rubén Degollado.

The Family Izguierdo is a novel that weaves together the lives of three generations of a tight-knit Tejano family bound by love… and a curse. Told in a series of soulful voices brimming with warmth and humor, The Family Izguierdo is a tender narrative of a multi-generational family at a turning point.

Through the years, the Izguierdo family has grappled with misfortunes that none of them can explain. When eldest son Gonzalo digs up a strange object in the backyard of the family home, the Izguierdos are convinced that it is proof that a jealous neighbor has cursed them, and this curse is the cause of all of their troubles.

As the Izguierdos deal with a troublesome past, a distressing present, and an uncertain future, they are sustained by the blood that binds them, a divine presence that guides them, and an abiding love for one another. Each interlocking chapter is told by a different family member, culminating in a thoughtfully-crafted history spanning decades.

Book discussions on The Family Izquierdo will take place at different locations throughout the library system. The schedule of upcoming book discussions is as follows:

Wednesday, October 4, Noon-1 p.m. – Cinco Ranch Branch Library (2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy)

Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.- noon – Missouri City Branch Library (1530 Texas Parkway)

Thursday, Oct. 19, noon-1 p.m. – George Memorial Library (1001 Golfview, Richmond)

Monday, Nov. 13, 3-4 p.m. – Sienna Branch Library (8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City)

Saturday, November 18, 11 a.m.- noon – Missouri City Branch Library

For more information, see Fort Bend County Libraries website ( or call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.

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