Arlington Reads brings authors and readers together to talk about the important topics of our time.
Join us this fall for three inspiring Arlington Reads authors.
On September 5, 2019, hear from aging solutions advocate Elizabeth White, author of "Fifty-five, Underemployed and Faking Normal," on how older adults can look beyond their immediate surroundings and circumstances to what is possible in the new normal of financial insecurity.
For the millions of people in their fifties and sixties who find themselves out of work, unable to find a job, and financially incapable of retiring, here is a practical plan for getting past any blame or shame, overcoming denial and finding a path to a new normal.
The author talk is part of the month-long series AC Works!, a job and financial literacy series focused on experienced workers.
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On October 10, 2019, join us for Tommy Orange, acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling novel "There There," grappling with the history of a nation while showcasing a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans who have inherited a profound spirituality but who are also plagued by addiction, abuse and suicide.
On October 23, 2019, meet Stephanie Land, author of the bestselling debut memoir "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive," as she recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap. Land’s unflinching and inspiring testimony exposes the physical, economic and social brutality that domestic workers face, all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.
Arlington Reads, a community engagement program of Arlington Public Library, promotes literacy, the joy of reading and intergenerational participation.
“The program brings together people to talk about books and the important topics of our time,” said Library Director Diane Kresh.
Since its inception in 2006, Arlington Reads has featured both national and international fiction and nonfiction authors and cultural icons, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wendell Berry, Katherine Boo, Matthew Desmond, Anthony Doerr, Richard Ford, Colum McCann, Tim O’Brien, Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Elizabeth Strout and Zadie Smith.
Arlington Reads is made possible in part through the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.
Arlington Reads Archive
2019 - Our Stories, Ourselves
2019 - Michael W. Twitty
2018 - Beth Macy
2018 - Zadie Smith
2018 - Habitats for Inhumanity
2017 - Why Fiction Matters
2016 - The Human Displacement of WWII
2015 - Being Black in America
2014 - Dazed and Confused: Boomer Angst
2013 - Out of Bounds: the Immigrant Experience
2012 - Life, Love, Loss
2011 - The Soldier's Story
2010 - Know What You Eat
2009 - Inside the Supreme Court