A Community Outreach for Adults and Juniors


is a community reading program open and free for all, created to engage and connect community members within the common interest of German-Texan heritage and the German language through books.

Book discussions are held monthly in English, German, or both, depending on the nature of book selection and interest. Activities to enrich the reading program can include author visits and interviews, guest hosts, cooking demonstrations, craft activities, movies and more.


The German-Texan Heritage Society is looking forward to the upcoming meeting of “GTHS Reads” for our August book selection of “Die Entdeckung der Currywurst” by Uwe Timm.
A bestseller in Germany, “The Invention of Curried Sausage” was tagged a “novella” in the original sense of the word, “a little piece of news”. This is what author/narrator Uwe Timm uncovers about a popular German sidewalk food, the Currywurst. Timm is convinced it originated not in Berlin in the fifties as generally supposed, but much earlier in his native Hamburg. He tracks down Lena Brückner, now living in a retirement home, and yes, Currywurst was her invention, but it is a long story… And this is where you find the book’s real charm – in the gorgeous details from Lena’s fine-grained recollections which Uwe Timm weaves into an ingenious, revealing and charming tale.
We will discuss the German edition, with a bit of English thrown into the mix so everyone can participate in the exchange.
Our GTHS Reads selection for the upcoming months will be “Anne Frank Tagebuch” by Anne Frank in September and “Der Sandmann” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in October.
Please follow the link below to register in advance for the Zoom meeting and to receive the ACTUAL meeting link. It’s sort of a “Texas Two Step” process. Registration is free. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

We hope to see you this Saturday in Zoom!
Constanze Heitkötter

Every 3rd Saturday of the month!
  • Please sign up here for GTHS READS for AdultsSat. 3:30-4:30pm
  • Please sign up here for GTHS READS for Juniors. Sat. 4:45-5:30pm

    GTHS READS will offer book selections for two groups: adults and juniors. Juniors under the age of 18 years old need to have permission from their parents/guardians to participate in the discussions.

For a printable version of the GTHS READS schedule please click here

2020 Schedule and Book Selection

June 27 GTHS

READS Kick-Off
(A) Journey to Texas by Detlef Dunt, James C. Kearney, et al.
(J) Letters to Oma by Marj Gurasich

July 18

Summer trips taking an unexpected turn
(A) Tschick / Why We Took the Car by Wolfgang Herrnsdorf
(J) Eine Tüte grüner Wind / The Greenest Wind by Gesine Schulz

August 15

Time Warp
(A) Die Entdeckung der Currywurst / The Invention of Curried Sausage
by Uwe Timm
(J) Emil und die Detektive / Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner

September 19

75th Anniversary of Anne Frank’s death in 1945
(A) Anne Frank Tagebuch / Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
(J) Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl / When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
by Judith Kerr

October 17

Gänsehaut / Goose Bumps
(A) Der Sandmann / The Sandman by E.T.A. Hoffmann
(J) Geisterritter / Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

November 21

Momo by Michael Ende

December 19

GTHS Families’ Choice
Hilfe, die Herdmanns kommen! / The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson
Or: Tomte Tummetott by Astrid Lindgren