Arlington Reads brings authors and readers together to talk about the important topics of our time.
As the Arlington Reads 2020 authors made clear, libraries are valuable and necessary community institutions.
From storytimes, to career help and author talks, the Arlington Public Library will always be here to serve and to support the Arlington community with ingenuity, resilience and compassion.
2021 Arlington Reads: Food for Thought
Arlington Public Library is pleased to announce the 2021 Arlington Reads winter/spring series “Food for Thought,” which will feature five incredible changemakers — a National Book Award winner, a New York Times-bestselling novelist, an acclaimed journalist winner of the Hillman Prize, a Simpson/ Joyce Carol Oates Prize winner, and a MacArthur Fellow — whose kinetic, discerning and unapologetic writing set the table for a transformative future.
In keeping with the theme, the local business improvement districts will be supporting 2021 Arlington Reads to highlight local restaurants that continue to keep our community running.
The 2021 Arlington Reads partners are:
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
2021 - Jenny Offill
2021 - Masha Gessen
2020 - Colson Whitehead
2020 - David Brooks
2020 - Rachel Louise Snyder
2020 - Alexis Coe
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