Tayari Jones named ‘All Henrico Reads’ author

The Henrico County Public Library, in partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, will host nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones on Wednesday, Apr. 1, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Glen Allen High School, 10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, as part of its annual All Henrico Reads program.

Jones’ novel, Silver Sparrow, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Jones was born in Atlanta and is a graduate of Spelman College, The University of Iowa and Arizona State University. She is currently an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University. Jones also is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Her work explores the complexities of life in the urban centers of the American South. The Village Voice wrote that she “is fast defining middle-class black Atlanta the way Cheever did West-chester.”

Silver Sparrow was named as one of the best of 2011 by Library Journal, O: The Oprah Magazine, and Slate. The novel is described by the Los Angeles Times as “impossible to put down,” and the Washington Post called it “compelling.”

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, Silver Sparrow revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families, the public one and the secret one.

When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered.

As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and relatable yet flawed characters – the father, the two mothers, the two daughters, the grandmother, and the uncle – she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another’s lives.

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for individuals to come together through a shared reading experience and discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors will open at 6:15 pm.

For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/AHR.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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Brookland District Supervisor Harvey L. Hinson will host a town hall meeting to discuss resources and programs available to seniors living in Henrico County. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the Henrico Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road. Hinson will be joined by Jelisa S. Turner, Henrico’s advocate for the aging, and other staff members. For details, call (804) 501-4208. Full text

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