Tags: Book Club Picks

Wednesday: Mar 18

JMRL Same Page Presents: Jacqueline Woodson

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

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series invites residents to discuss Jacqueline Woodson’s National Book Award winning memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson will read from her work and take community questions before signing books, which will be available for purchase onsite. For more about Same Page, visit jmrl.org/samepage. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, JMRL/Same Page, StoryFest / Youth

Thursday: Mar 19

Stories of Displacement: Fiction, Far from Home

Thu. March 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clifford Garstang (The Shaman of Turtle Valley), Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name), and Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau) discuss their novels tackling displacement, storytelling, and the meaning of home.

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Tags: Asian American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, Southern / Appalachian

Seeking Truths, Writing Violent Crime in the Rural South

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Casey Cep (Furious Hours) and Emma Copley Eisenberg (The Third Rainbow Girl) discuss their examinations of violent crime and imperfect justice in rural communities and the overreaching impact felt by community members and those who came to investigate and report. These stunning books include courtroom drama, individuals whose lives were devoted to uncovering unachievable truths, and small towns terrorized by fear. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, History, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Friday: Mar 20

Animals & Allegory

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Rick Hodges (To Follow Elephants), Johanna Stoberock (Pigs), and Deb Olin Unferth (Barn 8) discuss their novels and the power of animals and allegory in exploring philosophical and political themes. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Humor, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Global Diaspora Fiction

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Amitav Ghosh (Gun Island), Helon Habila (Travelers), and Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name) discuss their novels exploring personal and political impacts of contemporary diaspora.

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Tags: African American, Asian American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife

Book Reviewers Bare All: Reading for a Living

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join Maureen Corrigan, Anita Fellicelli, and Pamela Paul as they offer a look behind the curtain on the vital job of reading and reviewing books. Hear what it is like to receive hundreds, or thousands, of copies of books calling for their attention, how to decide which to read, and how to share what they love, or don’t, with readers. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Publishing / Books / Writing

For the Thrill of It: Literary Thrillers

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Angie Kim (Miracle Creek), Alexis Schaitkin (Saint X), and Michael Farris Smith (Blackwood) discuss their acclaimed literary thrillers, the methods they use to build suspense, and the inspirations they draw upon when creating gripping fiction.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 21

The Politics of Self-Discovery and Love in Feminist Fiction

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Belle Boggs (The Gulf), Madeline ffitch (Stay and Fight), and Thuy Da Lam (Fire Summer) discuss their novels’ strong female protagonists and the challenges they face.

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Tags: Asian American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History, Humor, Southern / Appalachian, Spirituality / Religion

Family Secrets in Fiction

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), Thuy Da Lam (Fire Summer), and Susan Richards Shreve (More News Tomorrow) discuss the fictional family secrets that form the backbones of their novels, as well as their use of narrative and character development to build suspense.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, History