Tags: Fiction

Wednesday: Mar 20

Embracing Power: Women and the Supernatural

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Cai Emmons (Weather Woman) and Jessica Handler (The Magnetic Girl) discuss their work, including their characters’ mysterious and other-worldly connections in these captivating novels involving climate change, mystics, manipulation, and the exploration of a woman’s power.

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Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Janet Benton (Lilli de Jong), Camille Di Maio (The Way of Beauty), and Sarah McCoy (Marilla of Green Gables) discuss their historic fiction, set in 1883 Philadelphia, turn-of-the-century New York City, and Avonlea.

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Tags: Fiction, History

JMRL Same Page Presents: Lisa See

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Northside JMRL Library

705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series invites residents to discuss Lisa See’s novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Tea Girl examines identity through the lens of cross-cultural adoption and Chinese ethnicities set in suburban California and the Tea Mountains of Yunnan Province. See will read from her work and take community questions before signing books, which will be available for purchase onsite.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction, JMRL/Same Page

Paperbacks from Hell LIVE

Wed. March 20, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Grady Hendrix (Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction) presents a mind-melting live performance based on his book, which chronicles the history of horror genre paperbacks.

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Tags: Arts, Fiction, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

An Evening with Festival All-Stars: Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley

Wed. March 20, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lee Smith (Dimestore), Adriana Trigiani (Tony’s Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot) take the stage to share memories and swap stories, reflect on the evolution of all things literary in the past quarter-century, and discuss their own work, past, present, and future.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Headliners, History, Humor, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Thursday: Mar 21

Navigating Social Change: Historic Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

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.

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

Friday: Mar 22

Fiction: Seeking New Lives, Elsewhere

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Marina Perezagua (The Story of H), Christopher Tilghman (Thomas and Beal in the Midi), and Spencer Wise (The Emperor of Shoes) discuss how and why their novels transport readers to far-flung lands, through complex, multi-layered fiction featuring captivating characters.

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Tags: Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Gender, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ

Intertwined Lives: Domestic Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Randall Klein (Little Disasters), Inman Majors (Penelope Lemon), and Kathryn Schwille (What Luck, This Life) discuss their novels, featuring sympathetic characters making their way through life’s inanities and calamities while navigating their own longings and heartaches.

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Stories of Survival: Literary Thrillers

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Greer Macallister (Woman 99), James McLaughlin (Bearskin), and Wil Medearis (Restoration Heights) discuss their new literary thrillers, which feature characters forced to defy boundaries in order to survive.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Crime Wave, Fiction, Gender, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Writing Tough Topics with Laurie Halse Anderson and Jason Reynolds—SOLD OUT

Fri. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

In a compelling one-on-one conversation, bestselling and award-winning authors Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT) and Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down) discuss their relationships to writing and reading, the impact that storytelling and books have had on their lives, and the ways in which their work is meant to be a call to action for readers.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice

A Special Screening of The Public

Fri. March 22, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Virginia Festival of the Book and Virginia Film Festival are pleased to present a special screening of The Public, a narrative film that explores issues of homelessness and mental illness in America and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: the public library.

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Tags: Fiction, Social Justice

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 22, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), John Lingan (Homeplace), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus) will deejay.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Headliners, History, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 23

Resilient Lives in Fiction

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Eugenia Kim (The Kinship of Secrets), Tatjana Soli (The Removes) and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) discuss heartbreaking subjects that explore the ability to survive hardship and struggle.

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Tags: Asian-American, Fiction

Short Stories, Long on Meaning

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), Karen Bender (The New Order), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants) discuss their powerful collections of short stories, ranging from the lyrical and meditative to the bizarre and darkly dystopian.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, Language / Culture / Folklife, Science Fiction / Fantasy

Historical Fiction: A Woman’s Vantage Point

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Marie Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room), Carrie Callaghan (A Light of Her Own) and Ariel Lawhon (I Was Anastasia) bring life to historical figures in a blending of fiction and creativity in stories of Hedy Lamarr, Judith Leyster and Anastasia Romanov.

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Tags: Arts, Fiction

Latinx Fiction for Young Readers

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hilda Eunice Burgos (Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle), Angela Dominguez (Stella Diaz Has Something to Say), Mia García (The Resolutions), and Kristina Pérez (Sweet Black Waves) discuss their books and the importance of Latinx fiction for young readers.

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Tags: Fiction, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, StoryFest / Youth

Waiting for Deliverance: Fiction

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Elliot Ackerman (Waiting for Eden) and Katherine Weber (Still Life With Monkey) read from their haunting novels in which multiple, unforgettable characters face complicated challenges of life and love.

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Sunday: Mar 24

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 24, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its sixteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

A World Built on Bondage: Racism and Human Diversity in Award-Winning Fiction

Sun. March 24, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) and Kevin Powers (A Shout In The Ruins) discuss the meanings of trace, violence, and freedom in their acclaimed historical novels. Edugyan and Powers each received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for an earlier novel; they are accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian