Arlington Reads brings authors and readers together to talk about the important topics of our time.
Arlington Reads Signature Authors
On October 10, 2019, join us for Tommy Orange, acclaimed author of the New York Times bestselling novel "There There." Orange grapples with the history of a nation while showcasing a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of some urban Native Americans who have inherited a profound spirituality but also struggle with 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." Land's harrowing saga of a single mom navigating the poverty trap is an unflinching and inspiring testimony, which exposes the physical, economic and social brutality 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