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Mayor's Book Club Headline Event & Reading

John H. Faulk Central Library
Saturday, September 27, 2:00-3:30 pm

Elizabeth Crook will read from Monday, Monday, speak with readers, and answer questions about the novel.

About the Book

On an oppressively hot Monday in August of 1966, a student and former marine named Charles Whitman hauled a footlocker of guns to the top of the University of Texas Tower and fired on pedestrians below. Sixteen people were killed and thirty-two were wounded. It was the first mass shooting of civilians on a campus in American history.

Monday, Monday follows three students caught up in the massacre. Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets; and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. On this searing day, a relationship begins that will entangle these three young people in a forbidden love affair, an illicit pregnancy, and a vow of secrecy spanning forty years. Reunited decades after the tragedy, they must confront the event that changed their lives and ruled the lives of their children.

Elizabeth Crook’s novel explores how we sustain ourselves and each other when the unthinkable happens. It is the story of a woman determined to make peace with herself, with the people she loves, and with a history that will not let her go. – from Sarah Crichton Books / Farrar, Straus, Giroux 

About the Author

Elizabeth Crook is the author of three previous novels: The Raven's Bride--a Novel of  Eliza, Sam Houston's First Wife; Promised Lands; and The Night Journal, which won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America and a WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West. She has written for magazines and periodicals including Texas Monthly and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. She lives in Austin with her family.