Congratulations to David George Haskell on his win for the “Best Book Award” for his book — The Forest Unseen !
"The Forest Unseen has won the "Best Book Award" in the 2013 Communication Awards from the National Academies. I’m absolutely thrilled that they chose the book. Giving voice to the incredible scientific stories that lie hidden away inside the ivory towe"— David George Haskell
Join award-winning author and professor David George Haskell as he relates his year of scientific and personal observations of a single square meter in the old growth forest of Cumberland Plateau.
Haskell’s award-winning book is a 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist and has been hailed by E.O. Wilson as a “new genre of nature writing, located between science and poetry”.
Arlington Central Library Auditorium
Presented in partnership with Arlington Regional Naturalists and Potowmack Chapter-Virginia Native Plant Society.
Banned Books Week is upon us! Visit www.pen.org over the next seven days to check out articles, essays, Google+ Hangouts On Air, timelines, and much much more!
Throughout the week we’re asking you to tell us about your favorite banned books. To get the creative juices flowing, here is the American Library Association’s 2012 list of the country’s most challenged books:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
- The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
Special Community Author Event: “Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness” by Pete Earley
September 25, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Central Library Auditorium - Free
Part of the Department of Human Services Program “Stories of Success in Our Community: Arlington’s Innovative Partnerships within the Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice System”
Former Washington Post reporter Pete Early, 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the keynote speaker.
They will be discussing Richard Ford’s best- selling novel “Canada.”
It’s the kind of book that makes Metro stops fly by but doesn’t take six weeks to finish. Lit Up’s Commuter Book Club invites you to share the love of a good read without having to change your routine.
But if you’re too busy to meet up in person you can join us on twitter, where our librarian @APLNico will live tweet the conversation!
Use the hashtag #APLrideread to join us from the train or bus, or even your couch – but not while you’re driving (of course).
October 10, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Boccato Gelato & Espresso
2719 Wilson Boulevard
Free but Meetup registration requested
Think you’ll make it? Register on Meetup.
2013 Fall Book Sales schedule:
Thursday, Sept 26, 5:30 – 9pmFOAL Members Only (membership available at the door)
Friday, Sept 27, 10am – 6pm open to all
Saturday, Sept 28, 10am – 6pm open to all
Sunday, Sept 29, 12pm – 6pm open to all – Half price day!
At Central Library 1015 N Quincy Street Arlington, VA 22201
An Irish singer/songwriter’s powerful debut memoir about growing up at the notorious Artane Industrial School for orphaned and abandoned boys in Dublin.
September 14, 2013 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Central Library Auditorium
Celebrate Literature and Support Community Literacy
Saturday, Sept. 28, from 8-11 p.m. – Arlington Artisphere
The Eight-Thirteen Ball gets its name from the Dewey Decimal Classification for American Fiction: 813. Our inaugural theme is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” and prizes will be awarded for the best 1920s-style attire.
Tickets can be purchased from the Friends of the Library for $30 each.
Proceeds from the Eight-Thirteen Ball and the Silent Auction, as well as individual donations from people like you, directly support 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Forrest Pritchard, author of Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm
visited Arlington Central Library on June 26, 2013. Please Click to watch a video of his talk.
Forrest Pritchard is a professional farmer, writer and public speaker. Holding degrees in English and Geology from William and Mary, Forrest studied under George Garrett with the University of Virginia’s MFA program. He has been published in national magazines, and his farm, Smith Meadows, has been featured on NPR and the Washington Post. One of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, Smith Meadows has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for fifteen years. His first book, Gaining Ground, was named a Top Ten Read by Publishers Weekly, Washingtonian, and NPR’s The Splendid Table.