Why Fiction Matters

Arlington Reads 2017 explores the truth-telling power of literature.

Elizabeth Strout, novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for "Olive Kitteridge," will explain why she believes a reader finds “the truest things” in good fiction, while gaining compassion through understanding the experience of others.

She is the author of many award-winning novels, most recently "My Name is Lucy Barton" in 2016. A new novel in stories titled "Anything is Possible" will be released April 25, and draws on the lives of residents of Amgash, Illinois - the same small-town setting for "My Name is Lucy Barton."

No registration required; attendance is on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Arlington Reads 2017 continues on May 3 with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "The Sympathizer."


Thursday, April 20, 2017
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Barbara M. Donnellan Auditorium
Central Library
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