Thank you for making All Henrico Reads 2014 a success!

Watch for an announcement soon of our 2015 featured title and author.


Our Featured Title

Guests on Earth is an engaging historical novel narrated by Evalina Toussaint, who is just thirteen when she is admitted to Highland Hospital, a mental hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936 and Evalina finds herself in the company of some notable fellow patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald, estranged wife of F. Scott, who takes the young piano prodigy under her wing. Ms. Smith shines a light on a complex subject that has strong relevance for today.

Book Trailer | More about the author | More titles by Smith

Book Discussions

Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss Guests on Earth and other books by All Henrico Reads featured author Lee Smith, who will visit on April 2. We hope you will join us!

Feb. 3, 1pm Guests on Earth Gayton 
Feb. 4, 7pm  Saving Grace  Glen Allen 
Feb. 18, 7pm  Fair and Tender Ladies Dumbarton 
Mar. 10, 7pm  Guests on Earth  Sandston 
Mar. 10, 7:30pm Guests on Earth Gayton
Mar. 11, 3pm Oral History Varina
Mar. 12, 1pm Guests on Earth Twin Hickory
Mar. 13, 1pm On Agate Hill Tuckahoe
Mar. 13, 7:30pm On Agate Hill Tuckahoe
Mar. 13, 7pm Fair and Tender Ladies Fairfield
Mar. 17, 7pm Guests on Earth North Park
Mar. 31, 7pm Guests on Earth Twin Hickory

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Author Visit and Book Signing

Wednesday, April 2, 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 New York Times bestselling author Lee Smith 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, Guests on Earth, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. Come early or stay after the event to purchase delicious coffee drinks from the Cafespresso cart or enter before the event for a chance to win gift certificates from local businesses courtesy of the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.


What Centers Me Contest

Throughout Guests on Earth the characters used several outlets to help them recover, such as dance, music, art and gardening. Let us know what keeps you centered. Submit a simple statement or an original photo, artwork, writing that represents or explains what quiets your mind.

Your entry may be included on our Flickr and Facebook pages or as part of the slideshow that plays before our April 2nd author event. We will only include your first name and last initial, and only if you give us that info. Otherwise we will not post any names with it. One entry will be selected at random to win an autographed copy of Guests on Earth!

Please email your statement or original photo, artwork or writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 27.

Read (And Hear) All About It!

Thanks to our local media's support of our All Henrico Reads community event! Read the article by Richmond Times Dispatch columnist Bill Lohmann about Lee Smith that appeared in the Sunday, March 30, 2014 Flair Section. And listen to Liz Humes' interview with Lee Smith that aired on WRIR's March 28th Wordy Bird's episode.

Enter to win a free book!

Go to any Henrico County Public Library during the months of February and March and fill out an entry slip for a chance to win a copy of Guests on Earth. One winner per month will be selected at each library by random drawing. No more than one entry per day, please.

Special thanks to the Shared Knowledge literacy foundation for donating the copies of the book.

What is 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 sixth 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.

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