Arlington Reads 2012

Time waits for no one: writers on life, love and loss

UPDATED MARCH 16: Ms. Didion has been forced to postpone her April 19 appearance. We hope to reschedule for later this year

image of Joan Didion

Author Joan Didion

Arlington Public Library celebrates two of America’s most profoundly thoughtful writers with Arlington Reads 2012, featuring works that look inward with stunning, unconventional frankness.

The legendary Joan Didion is the community read’s featured non-fiction author and will visit the County for a rare public appearance on April 19. Didion has explored American culture and politics with tireless intelligence for half a century but her Arlington Reads title, the recent “Blue Nights,” is more personal: a piercing elegy on the death of her only child at the age of 39.

Arlington Reads 2012 also features Jennifer Egan and her 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “A Visit from the Goon Squad.” It’s a brash, unpredictable, darkly funny collection of interlocking narratives that follow characters from the 1970s

San Francisco punk scene to a future where solar panels replace lawns and PowerPoint is the new literature.

Egan will speak at Arlington Central Library Auditorium on April 26 at 7 p.m. Didion’s Arlington Reads appearance on April 19 will be at Washington- Lee High School at 7 p.m.

image of Jennifer Egan

Author Jennifer Egan

Admission to both programs is free, seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

For info and updates, visit library.arlingtonva.us. Arlington Reads is made possible by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library.

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