Arlington Reads brings authors and readers together to talk about the important topics of our time.
2021 Arlington Reads: Forces of Change
A fast-changing climate is affecting communities worldwide and poses far reaching multi-dimensional challenges to ecological, political, economic and social systems. As each community responds to a changing world, Arlington Public Library announces the virtual 2021 Arlington Reads: Forces of Change author talk fall series hosted by Library Director Diane Kresh.
Four thought-provoking authors — environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers, journalist and science policy expert Bina Venkataraman, writer-at-large Nathaniel Rich and Cameroonian-American novelist and short-story writer Imbolo Mbue — will share their powerful voices to address:
- environmental justice and equal access to our world’s basic resources
- long-term decision making and global health policy
- the history of the climate change movement
- a fictional account of how a small village reacts to an environmental crisis
2021 Arlington Reads: Forces of Change will be aired online, starting with Flowers (Sept. 30), Venkataraman (Oct. 21), Rich (Nov. 18) and Mbue (Dec. 9).
The Rosslyn BID will sponsor raffle gift cards for the Bina Venkataraman author talk on October 21.
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, Roxane Gay, Colum McCann, Tim O’Brien, Ann Patchett, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Elizabeth Strout, Zadie Smith and Colson Whitehead.
Arlington Reads is made possible in part through the generous support of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.
Arlington Reads Archive
2021 - Valeria Luiselli
2021- Laila Lalami
2021 - Rebecca Traister
2021 - Jenny Offill
2021 - Masha Gessen
2020 - Colson Whitehead
2020 - David Brooks
2020 - Rachel Louise Snyder
2020 - Alexis Coe
2020 - Roxanne Gay
2019 - Our Stories, Ourselves: Jacqueline Woodson, Mary Karr, Susan Orlean, Tracy K, Smith
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