Join us for a conversation with author Wendell Berry, Tuesday, May 4, 7 p.m. at Central Library Auditorium.

In a rare public appearance, literary legend, essayist, poet and Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry will visit Arlington Public Library to discuss his life’s work, and his vision of people honoring and reconnecting with the soil. It was Berry who declared “eating is an agricultural act,”thereby inspiring today’s movement toward safer, healthier, locally produced meals and sustainable living. Berry’s classic novel “The Memory of Old Jack” is this year’s Arlington Reads featured title. Read Book reviews and author interviews.

And on Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m., Novella Carpenter joins us to discuss her book “Farm City: The Education of An Urban Farmer Thursday, April 29, 7 p.m. at Central Library Auditorium.

Novella Carpenter has restaged the American agrarian dream in an abandoned Oakland, California lot, raising fruits, vegetables, bees and even pigs and goats in a neighborhood known as “GhostTown.” Her critically acclaimed “Farm City”—featured on “best book lists” from Oprah to the New York Times—spreads the gospel of home-grown food and the empowerment it brings. Read Book reviews and author interviews.

All Arlington Reads 2010 events are free to the public. No reservations are required. We encourage arriving early as seats may fill quickly.Both the Novella Carpenter and Wendell Berry events will be videotaped for future broadcast and web-streaming.