Thank you for making All Henrico Reads 2015 a success!

Watch for an announcement soon of our 2016 featured title and author.


Our Featured Title

Silver Sparrow is a story about a man's deception, a family's complicity, and two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel 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 yet flawed characters—the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle—she reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another's lives. At the heart of it all are the two lives at stake, and like the best writers—think Toni Morrison with The Bluest Eye—Jones portrays the fragility of these young girls with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women, just not as their mothers.

A Women's National Book Association Great Group Read
A Slate Best Book of 2011 Pick
A Library Journal Top Ten Book for 2011
An O: The Oprah Magazine Best Books for 2011 and 2014 Books of Summer selection

"Impossible to put down ."— Los Angeles Times       "Soaring." —

 More about the author | More titles by Jones

Author Visit and Book Signing

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Wednesday, April 1, 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 nationally acclaimed author Tayari Jones 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 Silver Sparrow will be available for sale, as well as her other novels. She will autograph books following the program. Come early to enter for a chance to win $100 gift certificates from Red Door Spa, Southern Seasons, and The Jefferson courtesy of the Friends of Henrico County Public Library.

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 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. 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. 2, 1pm Silver Sparrow Gayton 
Feb. 3, 7pm  Silver Sparrow   Glen Allen 
Mar. 9, 7pm  Silver Sparrow Sandston 
Mar. 9, 7:30pm Silver Sparrow Gayton
Mar. 10, 3pm Silver Sparrow Varina
Mar. 11, 1pm Silver Sparrow Twin Hickory
Mar. 12, 1pm Silver Sparrow Tuckahoe
Mar. 12, 7:30pm Silver Sparrow Tuckahoe
Mar. 17, 7pm Silver Sparrow Dumbarton
Mar. 17, 7pm Silver Sparrow and
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Mar. 30, 7pm Silver Sparrow Twin Hickory
Apr. 20, 7pm Silver Sparrow North Park

Check Out a Book Club Kit

We have book club kits that include ten copies of Silver Sparrow 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 by March 31 for a chance to win a signed copy of Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. Thank you to our friends at Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.

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