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University, community reading event explores world of mystery

Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, in collaboration with Arlington Public Library and Arlington Independent School District present Arlington Reads, the sixth annual community-wide read, from Feb. 1 to March 6.

Arlington Reads

The Arlington Reads program encourages the community to read and join group discussion and activities. This year’s theme is “Arlington Reads a Mystery.”

Events get underway Friday, Feb. 1, at the Arlington City Council Chamber, 101 W. Abram St., with a book sale, book signing and discussion featuring mystery author Laura Lippman. Lippman grew up in Baltimore and began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar ®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. The book sale is at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by the discussion at 7 p.m. and signing at 8 p.m.

Other activities include (but are not limited to):

Tuesday, Feb. 12: The Case of the Missing Face, or How to Return Identity to the Unidentified, 6:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 101 E. Abram St. Suzanne Baldon, UT Arlington forensic art and anthropologist, reconstructs facial features from human remains. She will discuss several of her cases, solved and unsolved, and describe the techniques she uses to reconstruct facial appearance. These techniques can be applied for accident and criminal investigations, as well as for historical and archaeological research.

Saturday, Feb. 16: Free Mystery Movies in the UT Arlington Planetarium, 702 Planetarium Place on the UT Arlington campus. A free showing of “Clue” (PG) at 4 p.m., “Murder on the Orient Express” (PG) at 6 p.m., and “The Fugitive” (PG-13) at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27: The Criminal Mind, 6:30 p.m., Arlington Southeast Branch Library, 900 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd. Alex del Carmen, UT Arlington criminology and criminal justice associate professor and chair, will discuss theories of deviance from biological, social and economic perspectives.

The whole family can also get involved in this year’s Arlington Reads program by playing a game of discovering Arlington’s past. Answer all questions correctly on a game sheet (available at any Arlington Public Library location) by Feb. 23 and win a prize (one per family).

Also being held in conjunction with this year’s program is a short story contest open to junior high and high school students and themed “Finish this Mystery!”

Visit for a complete schedule of Arlington Reads events or to obtain a History Mystery game sheet. For other information, call Tommie Wingfield in the UT Arlington Libraries at (817) 272-2658.


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