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All Henrico Reads 2016

Thank you for making All Henrico Reads 2016 a success!

Watch for an announcement soon of our 2017 featured title and author.

Chitra Divakaruni

Our Featured Title

One Amazing Thing tells the story of nine men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds who are trapped in the Indian Consulate of an unnamed American city after an earthquake. As they wait to be rescued, each person is challenged to tell “one amazing thing” from their lives that they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising tales of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.

“[This] suspenseful tale of nine souls who suddenly don’t know if they will live or die is a tribute — on many levels — to hope and survival … [and] a ringing rebuke to rushes to judgment …”
— Amy Canfield, Miami Herald

“Writing with great sensitivity, Divakaruni presents snapshots that speak volumes …”
Library Journal

Author Visit and Book Signing

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Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:30 pm 
(Doors open at 6:15 pm)
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host internationally acclaimed author Chitra Divakaruni for an informal discussion of her novel and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her novel One Amazing Thing will be available for sale, as well as her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. 


About All Henrico Reads

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. This is our eighth year partnering with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library to host the featured author at a public event. Read the letter from Henrico County Manager, Mr. John Vithoulkas and School Superintendent, Dr. Pat Kinlaw as they invite you to join them for this community event.

Book Discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss our All Henrico Reads featured title. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 8, 1:00 pm  One Amazing Thing Gayton
March 1, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Glen Allen
March 8, 3:00 pm One Amazing Thing   Varina
March 10, 1:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Tuckahoe
March 10, 7:30 pm One Amazing Thing  Tuckahoe
March 14, 7:30 pm One Amazing Thing  Gayton
March 15, 1:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Libbie Mill
March 15, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Libbie Mill
March 23, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Fairfield
Apr. 6, 7:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Sandston
Apr. 13, 1:00 pm One Amazing Thing  Twin Hickory

Check Out a Book Club Kit

We have book club kits that include ten copies of One Amazing Thing and a book discussion binder with a discussion guide. Place the kit on hold and choose at which library it is most convenient for you to pick it up.


Enter to win a signed copy

Fill out an entry slip at your library beginning February 1 for a chance to win a signed copy of One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni. Thank you to our friends at Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.


Past years' All Henrico Reads Events: 2015-Tayari Jones
2014-Lee Smith, 2013-Adriana Trigiani, 2012-Garth Stein, 2011-David Baldacci, 2009-M.T. Anderson, 2008/2009- Julia Alvarez