Published November 28, 2020

SHELF LIFE continues in the month of December with even more virtual author events, Thursdays at noon (EDT), livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook…

If you’re new to SHELF LIFE or to Zoom, more generally, CLICK HERE to learn more about how to take part. Then, mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Intercontinental Affairs: Debut Mysteries with Jasmine Aimaq and Nev March

Thursday, December 3 at 12:00 PM ET

Mystery authors Jasmine Aimaq (The Opium Prince) and Nev March (Murder in Old Bombay) discuss their debut novels, set in 1970s Afghanistan and 19th century India, with Meredith Cole.

“Offering a piercing look at the Afghan view of foreign aid and patriarchal foreigners, Aimaq, who is half-Afghan and spent part of her life in the country, is a writer to watch. Every carefully described detail here will stay with readers as they examine what they thought they knew about America’s exporting of democracy and its war on drugs.” —Booklist, starred review

“March fills the story with finely developed characters, particularly Agnihotri, who proves a zealous investigator. She also presents an authentic view of India under British rule while exploring the challenges faced by a character of mixed race. Readers won’t be surprised this won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.” ―Publishers Weekly

Who Will Write the Story? The Critical Role of Black Citizen Journalists

Thursday, December 10 at 12:00 PM ET

Journalism scholar Allissa V. Richardson (Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism) discusses empowering marginalized communities to tell their own stories, in conversation with UVA media studies professor Meredith Clark.

Richardson’s research centers on how African Americans use mobile and social media to produce innovative forms of journalism, especially in times of crisis. Bearing Witness While Black explores the lives of fifteen mobile journalist-activists who documented the Black Lives Matter movement using only their smartphones and Twitter, from 2014 to 2018.

“Allissa Richardson’s impeccably researched book provides an eye-opening account of how African American citizen-journalists have harnessed the power of cell phones and social media to document the deeply entrenched nature of anti-Black racism in the U.S. Impeccably researched and engagingly written, Bearing Witness While Black raises the bar for studying how ordinary people work for social justice in their everyday lives.” — Patricia Hill Collins, author of Intersectionality as Critical Social Theory

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

Heartwarming Holidays: Romance Writing & Publishing

Thursday, December 17 at 12:00 PM ET

Romance authors Talia Hibbert (Wrapped Up In You), Sarah Morgenthaler (Mistletoe and Mr. Right), and Priscilla Oliveras (Holiday Home Run) discuss their heartwarming holiday romances, as well as their publishing processes and platforms for sharing their work through printed books, ebooks, and audiobooks.

We appreciate the support of our co-host for this event, Virginia Romance Writers.

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