Tags: Book Club Picks

Wednesday: Mar 18

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.

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

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.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Headliners, 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.

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

Time and Place in Historical Fiction

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton), Michael Parker (Prairie Fever), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss their historical novels and how archival research and deeply developed characters can be used to evoke a time and place amidst rich narratives.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History

Friday: Mar 20

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.

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

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.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing

Identity in Contemporary Appalachian Fiction

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Madeline ffitch (Stay and Fight), Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia), and Valerie Nieman (To the Bones) discuss their fiction and what it means to write about contemporary Appalachia, from nuanced politics to difficult stereotypes.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Folklife, Language / Culture / Folklife, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

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

Location:

The Haven

112 W. Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss) will speak at the celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Southern / Appalachian

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

Find Yourself: Identity and Mental Health in YA Lit

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Maria Padian (How to Build a Heart), and Morgan Parker (Who Put This Song On?) discuss their young adult novels and graphic novel tackling questions of identity and mental health, for readers of all ages.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Comics / Graphic Novels, Family / Aging, Fiction, Health / Mind / Body, StoryFest / Youth

Intimate Portraits of Migration

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jason DeParle (A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves) and Maggie Paxson (The Plateau) discuss their respective quests to explore the challenges of migrants seeking refuge from instability, poverty and violence, and the transformative effects bestowed upon those who help them to forge stable and peaceful new lives.

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Tags: Asian American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global

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.

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

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), Susan Richards Shreve (More News Tomorrow), and Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau) 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