Tags: Biography / Memoir

Wednesday: Mar 18

Share the Ride: Travel and Life

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Tory Bilski (Wild Horses of the Summer Sun), Cassandra Kircher (Far Flung), and Peter Zheutlin (The Dog Went Over the Mountain) share their personal journeys, including expeditions to familiar and new locations with memorable travel partners. Come, share the ride! FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Celebration of Challenge Into Change, featuring Jaquira Díaz

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Listen to and honor the Women’s Initiative’s “Challenge Into Change” essay contest participants while celebrating the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment. Jaquira Díaz (Ordinary Girls: A Memoir) will read from her work, contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice

Thursday: Mar 19

Family Portraits: Defiantly Honest

Thu. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Memoirists Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game), M. Randal O’Wain (Meander Belt), and Maureen Stanton (Body Leaping Backward) discuss the complicated stories of their dysfunctional families, each dysfunctional in its own way. The authors provide unsparing yet compassionate observations of their parents’ choices and cultural landscapes, and uncover what that has come to mean in adulthood. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Nonfiction

Exploring LGBTQ Stories and Histories

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Julie Koets (The Rib Joint), Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia), James Polchin (Indecent Advances) will discuss their recent books—memoir, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—sharing stories of LGBTQ lives, including the complex balances found between Southern and queer identities, and uncovered histories of gay lives lived in secret and lost to violence. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Fiction, History, LGBTQ, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian

Frank and Forthright: On Living, Loving, and Parenting

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Lauren Casper (Loving Well in a Broken World), Kim McLarin (Womanish), and Katherine Wintsch (Slay Like a Mother) offer their perspectives and experiences on parenting young and grown children, loving well, achieving goals, and what it means to be a strong, loving woman today. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

Voices of Adult Learners

Thu. March 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

This program features stories written by adult community members who have gained literacy, academic skills, GED completion, and/or literacy in English as a second language. Audience members will receive a copy of the Voices of Adult Learners collection. Reception and book signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

Friday: Mar 20

Understanding Sex: Consent, Gender, and More

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Micah Jones and Lisa Speidel (editors, The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture From the Margins), Jennie Vanasco (Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl) discuss their explorations of sex from numerous perspectives, including education, gender and identity, consent and assault, and look at how we navigate changing norms and expectations. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ

Blurred Lines: Extraordinary Memoirs

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Shonda Buchanan (Black Indian), Jaquira Diaz (Ordinary Girls), and Julia Koets (The Rib Joint) share stories of lives built beyond the impacts of physical and emotional abuse; addiction and addictive families; margins of mixed race, religion, and gender identity; and more. Each lyrically written, these extraordinary memoirs map a path forward. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Gender, Latinx, LGBTQ

Lives in Food and Farming, in Virginia and Beyond

Fri. March 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bernard L. Herman (A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia) and Charles Thompson, Jr. (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land) discuss their experiences working within the foodways and agricultural communities of the American South, sharing personal stories as well as insights into contemporary issues surrounding food. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Folklife, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Living at the Heart of the UVA Community

Fri. March 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access Arts presents Martin Powell (Living at the Heart of the UVA Community: Alderman Library, Madison House, Theta Chi & Beyond) discussing the tremendous support provided to him and his family by the University community and why he was compelled to write his story. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir

Does Good Exist?

Fri. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Explore existential questions with Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life), Maggie Paxson (The Plateau), whose personable books cross disciplines to blend science, biography, and history with memoir and introspection to delve deep into philosophical and moral issues. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, History, Nonfiction

Saturday: Mar 21

Correcting the Narrative: Black Genealogies

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Bettye Kearse (The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family) and Kevin Levin (Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth) share their deeply-researched works in a conversation about black genealogies—actual family histories that were denied and suppressed, and fictive historical tales that blossomed a hundred years after the Civil War. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Seeing Nature Anew

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Thorpe Moeckel (Down by the Eno, Down by the Haw), Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations), Laura-Gray Street (editor, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia) share perspectives on their deep engagement with the natural world as a source of inspiration and solace, continuity and awe. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Graphic Novels for All Ages

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

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Debbie Levy (Becoming RBG), and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes) discuss their multi-genre graphic novels for young readers and adults, and how they approach telling personal and fantastical stories. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Comics / Graphic Novels, LGBTQ, Science Fiction / Fantasy, StoryFest / Youth

Cool Music: Origin Stories

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Jack Carneal (Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives) and Grace Elizabeth Hale (Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture) share their stories about being in the room where it happened: Carneal in the backing band to Will Oldham for years of international touring, and Hale in the college town where the B-52s, R.E.M., and others launched their careers. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Music

Braided Lives: Southern Sisters, Leading Anthropologists

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America) and Charles King (Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Genre in the Twentieth Century) examine the reconstruction of our preconceptions of identity through the explorations of their subjects in cultures across America and around the globe. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Global, Southern / Appalachian

Sunday: Mar 22

The Life and Music of Flory Jagoda

Sun. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Congregation Beth Israel

301 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Author Debbie Levy (The Key from Spain: Flory Jagoda and Her Music) and musician Susan Gaeta celebrate the life and music of beloved Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda. Levy will read from and discuss her children’s picture book about Jagoda, and Gaeta will perform selected pieces written by the singer-songwriter. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Folklife, Music, StoryFest / Youth