Rise Of The Spy

March 23, 2023 10AM – 11AM

In “Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence,” Nicholas Reynolds unlocks the history of American intelligence during World War II.


Forbidden Dreams: Coming of Age Fiction

March 23, 2023 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Join Jeffrey Dale Lofton, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, and William Mark Habeeb for a discussion of three compelling coming of age stories.


A Romance Salon: American Royalty

March 23, 2023 11:30AM – 12:30PM

Meet Tracey Livesay during this informal salon and discuss her novel “American Royalty,” inspired by the love story of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


The Turning Point: Shaping a Poetic Life

March 23, 2023 1PM – 2PM

Acclaimed Virginia-based poets Janine Joseph, Gregory Orr, and Kiki Petrosino take a look back at their lives and works.


An Identity on the Edges

March 23, 2023 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Mary Alice Hostetter’s “Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood” is the story of a woman’s journey to define a sense of authenticity amid a rigid upbringing in a Mennonite farm family.


A Sci-Fi Salon: Flying the Coop

March 24, 2023 1PM – 2PM

Distinguished Virginia Tech professor Lucinda Roy meets with writers and readers in this informal salon to discuss her latest book, “Flying the Coop.”


Deaf Utopia

March 24, 2023 2PM – 3:30PM

Nyle DiMarco—an actor, cultural icon of the Deaf community, and now an NYT bestselling author—shares his story of navigating a world built for hearing people.


Folklore and Futures

March 24, 2023 2:30PM – 3:30PM

A future-focused, materialist, and collaborative approach to cultural work is what Emily Hilliard offers in “Making our Future: Visionary Folklore and Everyday Culture in Appalachia.”


Furious Flower Poetry Hour

March 24, 2023 4PM – 5PM

Join past and present members of JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center for poetry readings and discussion.


IN PERSON EVENT SOLD OUT – SELC’s 2023 Reed Award Ceremony (virtual attendance available) 

March 24, 2023 5PM – 6:30PM
Ticketed Event

IN PERSON EVENT SOLD OUT – SELC’s 2023 Reed Award Ceremony (virtual attendance available). The ceremony’s featured speaker is Heather McTeer Toney, an expert on environmental and climate justice issues.


Finding the Light: Bestsellers Panel

March 24, 2023 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Ticketed Event

Three NYT bestselling authors with new books—Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Meghan O’Rourke, and Matthew Quick—share what it means to find the light.

The Invisible Kingdom by Meghan O'RourkeEvent

Fifth Annual Carol Troxell Reader: Meghan O’Rourke

March 25, 2023 12PM – 1PM

Meghan O’Rourke’s new book “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness” blends an account of her own medical journey with a broad view of the history and current state of long-term maladies.

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