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Please note, the program schedule is constantly being updated. Check back often for additions, changes and cancellations.

Opening Ceremony: 20th Anniversary Celebration

Wed. March 19th, 2014 - 12:00 PM

A celebration of the 20th Virginia Festival of the Book, featuring Letters About Literature winners, and reflections from Rita Mae Brown, a featured speaker at the first Festival in 1994.

Featuring:
Rita Mae Brown, Robert C. Vaughan (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Dr. Norman Rosenthal presents his book The Gift of Adversity.

Hosted by The Women's Initiative.

Featuring:
Elizabeth Irvin (moderator), Norman E. Rosenthal

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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The Big Read: Writing about the West

Wed. March 19th, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Larry Watson (Let Him Go) discusses writing about the American West in relation to this year's The Big Read book, True Grit by Charles Portis.

Featuring:
Krista Farrell (moderator), Larry Watson

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Memoirs: Overcoming Illness

Thu. March 20th, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Shelby Smoak (Bleeder: A Memoir), Amy F. Ryan (Shot: Staying Alive with Diabetes), Thomas Larson (The Sanctuary of Illness), and Joanna Chapman (Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta Sisterhood).

Featuring:
Joanna Chapman, Faulkner Fox (moderator), Thomas Larson, Amy F. Ryan, Shelby Smoak

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Bob Perry (Bowling for the Mob) was considered the best bowler of all-time. Lost for years to alcohol and drug abuse, he tells all in this memoir, with his cowriter Stefan Bechtel.

Featuring:
Stefan Bechtel, Bob Perry, Karenne Wood (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Shifting Identities

Thu. March 20th, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Stephen Jimenez (The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard), Laura Krughoff (My Brother's Name), and Ariel Gore (The End of Eve).

Featuring:
Ariel Gore, Stephen Jimenez, Laura Krughoff, Edward Strickler (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Memoirs: Not Your Typical American Stories

Thu. March 20th, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Benjamin Rubenstein (Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Superman), Slash Coleman (The Bohemian Love Diaries), and Ariel Gore (The End of Eve).

Featuring:
Slash Coleman, Ariel Gore, Proal Heartwell (moderator), Benjamin Rubenstein

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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When the Horses Whisper

Thu. March 20th, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Rosalyn Berne, PhD, author of When the Horses Whisper: the Wisdom of Wise and Sentient Beings, reminds us to wake up and live consciously in our interconnectedness with animals.

Hosted by Miller School, Sara Sgarlat Publicist.

Featuring:
Rosalyn W. Berne, Ph.D., Elizabeth Brann (moderator), Michelle Prosser (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Biography: Men Whose Work Shaped Modern America

Fri. March 21st, 2014 - 10:00 AM

John T. Greenwood has cancelled his appearance at this event.

W. Bernard Carlson, (Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age), Robert Wilson, (Matthew Brady: Portraits of a Nation), Roger Gosden (A Surgeon's Story: the Autobiography of Robert T. Morris), and John Greenwood (My Life Before the War).

Featuring:
W. Bernard Carlson, Roger Gordon Gosden, John T. Greenwood (cancelled), Robert Wilson, Andrew Higgins Wyndham (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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African American Authors Book Club

Fri. March 21st, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Joanne Gabbin, editor of Shaping Memories, discusses with contributors Hermine Pinson, Daryl Dance, and Kendra Hamilton their stories of becoming strong African American women.

Featuring:
Daryl Cumber Dance, Joanne V. Gabbin (moderator), Kendra Y. Hamilton, Hermine D. Pinson

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Crime Wave: Virginia is for Mysteries

Fri. March 21st, 2014 - 2:00 PM

In the anthology Virginia is for Mysteries, 14 Virginia authors set their mystery stories in many of the intriguing locales and landmarks across the state. Contributors include Meredith Cole, Teresa Inge, Vivian Lawry, Fiona Quinn, and Heather Weidner.

Featuring:
Meredith Cole (moderator), Teresa Inge, Vivian Lawry, Fiona Quinn, Heather Baker Weidner

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Getting it Right: Researching a Novel

Fri. March 21st, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Susan Gregg Gilmore (The Funeral Dress), Mary Kay Zuravleff (Man Alive!), and Michael Parker (All I Have in this World) share their research stories and the process of melding their own knowledge with information from outside sources.

Hosted by WriterHouse.

Featuring:
Susan Gregg Gilmore, Michael Parker, Rachel Unkefer (moderator), Mary Kay Zuravleff

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fri. March 21st, 2014 - 6:00 PM

R.S. Belcher (Six-Gun Tarot), D. B. Jackson, aka David Coe (Thieves' Quarry), Leona Wisoker (Fires of the Desert), and Colleen Doran (The Vampire Diaries) talk sci-fi and fantasy.

Featuring:
R. S. Belcher, Colleen Doran, D. B. Jackson, Chris Oakley (moderator), Leona Wisoker

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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A StoryFest Event! Poster Art Contest Celebration

Sat. March 22nd, 2014 - 12:00 PM

Recognition ceremony for Poster Art Contest. Posters on exhibit at the JMRL Central Branch in March.

Hosted by Altrusa International of Charlottesville Inc.

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Love, Actually

Sat. March 22nd, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Ashley Davis Bush (75 Habits for a Happy Marriage), Daniel Jones (Love Illuminated: Exploring Life's Most Mystifying Subject) and Margaret Klaw (Keeping it Civil: The Case of the Pre-Nup and the Porsche & Other True Accounts from the Files of a Family Lawyer).

Featuring:
Ashley Davis Bush, Daniel Jones, Margaret Klaw, David Brookes Waters (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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Aime Cesaire: Return to the Native Land

Sun. March 23rd, 2014 - 1:30 PM

A. James Arnold (The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land) discusses the life of Aime Cesaire, Francophone poet, author, and politician from Martinique.

Hosted by Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville.

Featuring:
A. James Arnold, Yates Nobles (moderator)

Location:
Central JMRL Library
201 E Market Street
(434)979-7151
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