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Carnegie Author Series featuring Deborah and James Fallows

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Monday, February 11, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Feb 11, 2019 Free  

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Author Talk featuring Deborah and James Fallows

Monday, Feb. 11
Main Library

6 p.m. | Seating Begins

Free parking in Main Library's attached garage. General admission seating begins in the second floor Reading Room.

7 p.m. | Author Talk 

7:45 p.m. | Audience Q&A

8 p.m. | Book Signing 

The Friends of the Library will sell a selection of the authors' books near the book signing table, or you can bring your personal copy to have signed. 



For five years starting in 2013, Deborah and James Fallows traveled across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns (including Columbus), they met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign.

The Fallowses describe America in the middle of one of these creative waves. Their view of the country is as complex and contradictory as America itself, but it also reflects the energy, the generosity and compassion, the dreams and the determination of many who are in the midst of making things better. Our Townspublished in 2018, is the story of their journey and an account of a country busy remaking itself.

See the map of their journey and photos, including those from their stop in Columbus, at



JAMES FALLOWS has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than 35 years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe and across the United States. He is the author of 11 previous books. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. For two years he was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter.

DEBORAH FALLOWS is a linguist and writer who holds a PhD in theoretical linguistics and is the author of two previous books. She has written for The Atlantic, National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times and The Washington Monthly, and has worked at the Pew Research Center, Oxygen Media and Georgetown University.



Where should I park and how much will it cost?  Free parking in Main Library’s garage will be offered during all Author Talks. Garage capacity is 375 vehicles and its entrance on Library Park North is accessible off Grant Avenue.

If the garage is full, metered street parking and surface lots surround Main Library. Fees may vary.

What time does seating begin? 
 First come, first served seating begins at 6 p.m. in the second floor Reading Room. The program will begin at 7 p.m.

Are there assigned seats? 
No. Seating is general admission. Reserved handicapped accessible seats will be available.

Do I have to bring my ticket to the event?
  If the event is sold out, guests with proof of registration (mobile or printed) will be seated prior to those who did not pre-register.

What happens if the event is sold out?
Join the waitlist and you will be notified when seats become available based on your placement on the list.

Also, the Reading Room at Main Library is an open space on the second floor. Balcony viewing on the third floor may be available, but seating is not guaranteed.

What is the cancellation policy? 
This is a free event. If you cannot attend after you have registered, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to make room for other guests who may be on the waitlist.

Can I record the program? 
We encourage you to take photos and share them using the hashtag #CarnegieAuthorSeries, but recording is not permitted.

Will the author's books be available for checkout or purchase? 
  A selection of the author's books will be for sale in the Library Store prior to the program and in the Reading Room at the conclusion of the event. Proceeds from the book sale benefit the Friends of the Library. 

Main Library will have a special display of the author's books and similar titles ready for checkout free with your library card.

Have questions about Carnegie Author Series featuring Deborah and James Fallows? Contact Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library
96 South Grant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43215

Monday, February 11, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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