Escape into Tranquility: Fort Bend County Library’s Silent Reading Party

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 7/2/2024, 2:41 p.m.
Are you looking to disconnect from the chaos of daily life and immerse yourself in the calming world of literature? …
Chitra Divakaruni

Are you looking to disconnect from the chaos of daily life and immerse yourself in the calming world of literature? Fort Bend County Libraries has just the event for you. This summer, indulge in an hour of uninterrupted reading at the library’s Silent Reading Party, an oasis of tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. 

photo  Hope Cowan

Wandering Words: A Journey Through Music, Art, and Literature

The next Silent Reading Party, titled “Wandering Words: An Exploration of Stories Through Music, Art, & Movement,” is set to take place on Saturday, July 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at George Memorial Library (1001 Golfview in Richmond). This event promises a unique blend of literature and live music, creating a serene environment perfect for reading and relaxation.

Immerse Yourself in a World of Stories

Attendees are invited to bring their favorite book to enjoy an hour of silent reading accompanied by a live performance of curated pop rock, indie, folk, and acoustic music by the talented Garage Arts Project. This tranquil setting is designed to help readers lose themselves in the pages of their books, free from distractions and responsibilities.

photo  Mahalakshmi Krishnan

Celebrated Authors Share Their Works

Following the hour of silent reading, the event will feature readings by award-winning authors Chitra Divakaruni and Saborna Roychowdhury, focusing on the theme of “Independence.” These distinguished authors will read excerpts from their works, sparking thoughtful discussions among attendees about the readings and their own interpretations. 

Chitra Divakaruni, originally from Calcutta, India, now resides in Sugar Land and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston. Her literary works have garnered numerous awards and have been translated into 20 languages, with two adapted into films.

Saborna Roychowdhury, a chemistry professor based in Houston, has earned acclaim for her novels. Her second novel, *Everything Here Belongs to You*, was a medalist in the prestigious Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards in 2022.

photo  Saborna Roychowdury


A Cultural Extravaganza

The event will conclude with captivating performances by harpist Hope Cowan, Bharatanatyam classical dancer Sandhya Raghuraman, and Indian classical singer Mahalakshmi Krishnan. These performances will enhance the cultural experience, leaving attendees with a sense of fulfillment and inspiration.

Connect and Reflect

Much like a book club, Silent Reading Parties offer a space for like-minded individuals to connect and discuss their literary passions. This event is perfect for those who love to read but struggle to find the time, providing a dedicated hour to immerse themselves in a good book and engage in enriching conversations.

photo  Sandhya Raghuraman


Join Us

Sponsored by the Friends of George Memorial Library, this adults-only event is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. To secure your spot, visit the library’s website [here](, navigate to “Classes & Events,” select “George Memorial Library,” and register for the program. Alternatively, you can call the library at 281-342-4455 or visit in person.

Embrace the opportunity to escape into a world of literature, music, and art at Fort Bend County Library’s Silent Reading Party. We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of serenity and inspiration.

Go online at the library’s website to register