Navigating Social Change: Historic Fiction

Thu. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903


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A.D. Hopkins (The Boys Who Woke Up Early), Anna Jean Mayhew (Tomorrow’s Bread), and Elaine Neil Orr (Swimming Between Worlds) discuss their powerful stories from the American South in the 1950s and 1960s, featuring well-drawn characters growing up and working through tremendous social changes. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Anna Jean Mayhew has had to cancel her participation in the Festival.

Why should you attend?

“Hopkins sensitively portrays white America’s multilayered struggle to come to terms with racial equality at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement. His characters range from the unremitting racism of the Klansmen to the teenagers reflecting and rebelling against the segregationist views of their parents.”―Geoff Schumacher, National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement

“[Tomorrow’s Bread] sings to life the necessities of community, resting places and home. A tale profoundly relevant for our time.”—Elaine Neil Orr, author of Swimming Between Worlds

“Orr offers beautifully wrought lesson about America’s troubled race relations and what it means to follow one’s conscience.”—Greensboro News & Record