Irving’s NEA Big Read kicks off on April 9 and everyone is excited about this year’s possibilities for fun, discussion and personal growth. Meet Roz Chast, the author of the selected title, write a mini-memoir, watch a meaningful documentary, or listen to one of the many invited experts! All events are free, except where noted. Free copies of “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” will be available at all events while supplies last. The following events are for ages 18 and up. See our other newsflashes for family-friendly events associated with this year's Big Read.
NEA Big Read Irving 2019 Kickoff: A Blast with Chast Sock Hop
6:30 to 9 p.m., April 9, Heritage Senior Center
Held in partnership with Irving’s exclusive retreat for the young at heart, Irving Heritage Senior Center. Kick off the NEA Big Read at 6:30 p.m., with dance lessons, then at 7 p.m., show off your new footwork while accompanied by live DJ music. At 7:45 p.m., enjoy an ice cream social and have your caricature portrait made. You can also take a break, pick up a free copy of the book, and read at the Wallflower Station.
Chai Tea and Tai Chi
2 p.m. April 14, Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room
Enjoy an afternoon of tea and scones while listening to readings from Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Pick up your free copy of the book and take a Tai Chi class with instructor Dave Moore. Adults.
NEA Big Read Irving 2019 Keynote and Reception: An Evening with Roz Chast and her Art
5:30 to 9 p.m. April 26, Irving Arts Center | Tickets $15, visit cityofirving.org/RozChast
The Irving Arts Center and the Irving Public Library welcome New Yorker cartoonist and author Roz Chast to discuss her award-winning book, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” ICTN's Cathy Whiteman moderates. A copy of the NEA Big Read title comes with the admission price.
Two-Part Memoir Writing Series May 4-5:
What is a Memoir?
2 p.m. May 4, West Irving Library Meeting Room
Author, editor, and public speaker Lisa Dale Norton introduces participants to the art of memoir writing.
Memoir Writing Workshop
May 5, 2019, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ West Irving Library Meeting Room
Author, editor, and public speaker Lisa Dale will share the step-by-step process she’s used for years to help people get their own stories on the page. Leave with a mini-memoir and the tools to write another. Materials are provided; attendees may bring their own laptop.
The Grand Prairie Library presents Lives Well Lived by Director Sky Bergman
6 p.m. May 9, The Summit: Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation | 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, 75052
What makes a life meaningful? This 2018 documentary feature by filmmaker Sky Bergman shares the memories and insight of 40 interviewees ages 75 to 100, who have a combined total of 3,000 years of life experience. This program begins at 6 p.m. with introductory remarks and refreshments, followed by the film screening at 6:30 p.m. At 7:45 p.m., Ms. Bergman joins us via Skype for a Q&A.
Story Walk in the Park
1 p.m. May 11, Centennial Park
This come-and-go activity for adults features a walk through the park showcasing select panels of this year's Big Read title “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. and at 3:15 p.m. Participants are also welcome to browse and read at their leisure. This program is hosted in conjunction with the expert panel for adults which begins at 2 p.m. at South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive.
Health and Medical Expert Discussion Panel
2 p.m. May 11, South Irving Library Program Room
Join in a panel discussion on aging, caregiving, palliative care, and coping with loss and grief, themes found in this year's Irving Big Read title, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. The panel moderator is ICTN's Cathy Whiteman.
Panel includes: Daniela Vela, Ph.D., Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Kathy Ligon, M.D. F.A.A.H.P.M., Palliative Care, Baylor Scott and White Irving; Rhonda Skinner, L.M.S.W., Texas Cardiac Care Home Health; Shannon Layman, Ph.D., Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington.
This program is for adults, and is hosted in conjunction with a free Story Walk at Centennial Park.
9 a.m. to noon, May 17, Heritage Senior Center
This senior expo offers valuable information about community events and the opportunity for participants to ask questions.
Wills and Estate Planning
10 a.m. May 18, East Branch Library Program Room
Join us for a bilingual presentation for understanding and guidance through end-of-life issues, featuring the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. Adults.
Live to Read Book Club
April 15, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ South Irving Library Program Room
I "Heart" YA Book Club
April 17, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ South Irving Library Board Room
Heritage Senior Center Book Club
April 18, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Heritage Senior Center
Midweek Mysteries Book Club
May 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM @ South Irving Library Program Room
Global Reads Book Club
May 4, 2019, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ West Irving Library Activity Room
Readers' Guild Book Club at Grand Prairie Library
May 13, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Betty Warmack Library
Valley Ranch Book Club Discussion
May 13, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Valley Ranch Library Meeting Room
Valley Ranch Library's monthly book clubs Girls' Night Out, Novel Fiction, and Tried and True present this special discussion of Irving's selected NEA Big Read 2019 title.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Irving Public Library's program partners for the NEA Big Read 2019 include Friends of the Irving Public Library, City of Irving, and Irving Arts Center.