Sarah Barnes and her husband, Jim, had big plans. She was a rising journalist. He was a rocker with an eye on law school. But when their daughter Meredith was 7 months old, they received a devastating diagnosis about her brain.

"Meredith and Me," the memoir that Barnes is discussing at her Friday reading, delves into formidable challenges her family faced and the determined daughter in the middle of it all who helped find hope and humor to keep them together.

Details: 7 p.m. Friday. Free. 603 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-472-5050,