ALLen Reads 2019

Main Book

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

the boy who harnessed the wind

ALLen Reads is looking forward to sharing our 12th annual One Book tradition with the community as we present The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community.

Born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery, a land withered by drought and hunger, a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find, William Kamkwamba had read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village. This is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.

ALLen Reads will host Bryan Mealer the co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on Saturday October 19, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Civic Auditorium for a program about this amazing story and young man. Bryan Mealer is the author of The Kings of Big Spring, Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – written with William Kamkwamba. – which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and will soon be released as a major motion picture. He’s also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Associated Press and Harper’s. His other work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Esquire, the Guardian, and the New York Times. Mealer and his family live in Austin.Bryan Mealer

Book signings with Mr. Mealer will take place immediately following the program.

You can learn more about Bryan Mealer on his website,










Companion Books

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Reader’s Edition

recommended for grades 5 and up

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Boy Who Harnessed the wind YA verision

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book EditionPicture book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon







ALLen READS programs include:

  • Recycled Art Windmills / Monday, September 30th at 4:45 PM; recommended for grades K – 3
  • Concerts for Young Audiences / Sunday, October 6th at 3:00 PM
  • ALLen READS Community Book Discussion / Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM
  • ALLen READS presents award-winning author Bryan Mealer / Saturday, October 19th at 2:00 PM
  • Allen Library Endowment Fund’s Annual Chocolate and Wine Fundraiser, with special guest Bryan Mealer / Saturday October 19th at 6:30 PM
  • Movie Night at the Allen Public Library: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind / Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00 PM