Tags: Fiction

Wednesday: Mar 21

Moments of Truth: Short Stories

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Due to unforeseen circumstances, A.G. Harmon has had to cancel his participation. A. G. Harmon (Some Bore Gifts), Louise Marburg (The Truth About Me), and Deidra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash (Lock & Load: Armed Fiction) share their stories from two collections and an anthology, and discuss the finely-honed craft of writing short stories.

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Tags: Fiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

CANCELED—Dialogue Across Grounds: Race, Gender, and Identity

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled. Poet Remica Bingham-Risher (Starlight & Error), fiction writer Lisa Ko (The Leavers), and young adult novelist Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss race, gender, and identity across genres, offering perspectives on immigration, family, and police brutality, among other topics, encouraging thoughtful dialogue within our community.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry

Revolutionary War: Fiction & Horrific Fact

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charles McRaven (The Rifling) and Robert Watson (The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn) discuss their recent books, a novel with a Revolutionary War basis, and an astonishing true story of thousands of Americans imprisoned, and killed, on the HMS Jersey, a prisoner of war ship.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, History

CANCELED—Engaging with History through Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled. Camille Di Maio (Before the Rain Falls), coauthors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (My Dear Hamilton), and Shelly Sackier (The Freemason’s Daughter) discuss their historical fiction with plenty of engaging fact.

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The Lost Book of the Grail

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Author Charlie Lovett (The Lost Book of the Grail) discusses his newest book and its tale of bibliophiles, ancient manuscripts, an English Cathedral, and a competition between preserving ancient manuscripts versus digitizing them. Perfect for booklovers on either side of that argument.

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CANCELED—Writing About Race & Social Justice: An Evening with Lamar Giles, Jason Reynolds, and Nic Stone—SOLD OUT

Wed. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Ruth Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled. Lamar Giles (Overturned), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss their acclaimed fiction for young readers, the challenges and opportunities facing writers of color, and the decisions involved in writing about race, social justice, gun violence, and other tough topics for teens and adults.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice, StoryFest / Youth

CANCELED—Women of the World: Fiction

Wed. March 21, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Crozet JMRL Library

2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Due to winter weather-related closures, this program has been canceled. Adrienne Benson (The Brightest Sun), Marisa De Los Santos (I’ll Be Your Blue Sky), and Leah Weiss (If the Creek Don’t Rise), will explore the connections between women as they struggle with identity, relationships, motherhood, and the courage to do what they must to survive.

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Tags: Fiction, Global, Southern / Appalachian

Thursday: Mar 22

New Orleans: Unflinching Fiction

Thu. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has had to cancel her participation. John Gregory Brown (A Thousand Miles from Nowhere), Nathaniel Rich (King Zeno), and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (A Kind of Freedom), discuss their novels, each offering converging stories of lives haunted by despair, cowardice, or Jim Crow.

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Fractured Characters: Fiction

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Jessie Chaffee (Florence in Ecstasy), Noley Reid (Pretend We Are Lovely), and Lauren Sanders (The Book of Love and Hate) discuss their work, following the stories of emotionally fractured characters.

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Tags: Fiction, LGBTQ

Fiercely Original Fiction: Marriages

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Thomas Pierce (The Afterlives) and Jamie Quatro (Fire Sermon) discuss their novels and the fascinating paths their characters follow through marriage, desire, faith, and, perhaps, the afterlife.

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Real People, Real Sorrows: Debut Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Leah Weiss (If the Creek Don’t Rise), David Williams (When the English Fall), and Melissa Scholes Young (Flood) discuss their debut novels and the personal challenges and physical catastrophes their characters face.

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Secrets and Betrayals: Fiction

Thu. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Marisa de los Santos has had to cancel her participation. Bryn Chancellor (Sycamore), Marisa De Los Santos (I’ll Be Your Blue Sky), and Sonia Yoerg (All the Best People) will discuss the fascinating secrets and betrayals in their novels.

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Carol Troxell Reader: Lisa Ko

Thu. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

As the inaugural Carol Troxell Reader, Lisa Ko (The Leavers) gives a solo reading at New Dominion Bookshop, sharing her story of a mother and son, their heartrending separation, and the choices they each make in attempts to belong, to find love, to create a family.

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

JMRL Same Page Presents: Nathan Englander

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

Location:

Northside JMRL Library

705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s inaugural Same Page community-wide reading series invites residents to discuss themes of neighborliness, trust, and Jewish identities through the lens of Nathan Englander’s short story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk about Anne Frank. Englander will read from his 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

Friday: Mar 23

UVa Creative Writing Alumni Reading

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brian Sneeden has had to cancel his participation. Alumni from the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Adam Giannelli (Tremulous Hinge), Brendan Mathews (World of Tomorrow), Brittany Perham (Double Portrait) and Brian Sneeden (Last City), read from their newest works.

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Tags: Fiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing

Speculative Fiction: Mythologies, Magic, and Time Travel

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors S.A. Chakraborty (City of Brass), Katherine Locke (The Girl with the Red Balloon), and Lana Popovic (Wicked Like A Wildfire) discuss their works of supernatural and futuristic fiction.

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Tags: Fiction, History, Romance, Science Fiction / Fantasy, StoryFest / Youth

Married Lives, Loves, and Loss: Fiction

Fri. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Jacob Appel (Millard Salter’s Last Day), Abigail Fabiaschi (I Liked My Life), and Caroline Preston (The War Bride’s Scrapbook: A Novel in Pictures) discuss their stories of married lives and the mysterious isolation, heartache, and loss that may accompany love.

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Tripping the Tale Fantastic: Weird Fiction by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Authors

Fri. March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Tripping the Tale Fantastic anthology contributors Kristen Harmon, Lilah Katcher, and Tonya Stremlau join Christopher Heuer, the anthology’s editor, in a discussion of their experiences as deaf or bilingual American Sign Language (ASL) and English-language writers.

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Tags: Fiction, Language / Culture / Folklife, Publishing / Books / Writing

Overcoming the Uncomfortable: Middle-Grade Fiction with Heart

Fri. March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Natalie Dias Lorenzi has had to cancel her participation. Tracey Baptiste (Rise of the Jumbies), Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus), and Natalie Dias Lorenzi (A Long Pitch Home) discuss the characters, settings, and challenges featured in their popular and empathetic novels for middle-grade readers.

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Tags: Fiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals, StoryFest / Youth

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 23, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Hermione Hoby (Neon in Daylight), Irène Mathieu (orogeny), Nathaniel Rich (King Zeno), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Just steps away from the Omni Hotel, enjoy the work of acclaimed emerging writers in an informal setting, with music, drinks, and mingling.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Fiction, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ, Music, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 24

Youth in Revolt: Fiction That Refuses to Conform

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cara Hoffman has had to cancel her participation. Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes (The Sleeping World), Cara Hoffman (Running), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) discuss their novels about young people and the fight to find oneself amidst the tumult and politics of the modern world.

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Tags: Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ

Epic & Audacious: Fiction

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Elizabeth Kostova (The Shadow Land), Brendan Mathews (The World of Tomorrow), and Martin Seay (The Mirror Thief), discuss their outsized stories, including journeys through time, place, and generations.

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LoveFest: Falling for the Tough Guy

Sat. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Adriana Anders (In His Hands), Lori Foster (Fast Burn), and Alisha Rai (Hurts to Love You) discuss their contemporary romance novels, which make readers fall for the tough guys, even when they misbehave.

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Tags: Fiction, Romance

LoveFest: Just Lucky, I Guess

Sat. March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Kate Clayborn (Beginner’s Luck), Jen Doyle (Calling It), and Tracey Livesay (Love Will Always Remember) discuss their romance novels about relationships and trysts that just took a little luck.

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Tags: Fiction, Romance

Wandering Women, Big City: Fiction

Sat. March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Hermione Hoby (Neon in Daylight) and Kathleen Rooney (Lillian Boxfish Talks a Walk) discuss their characters, deeply-observed women, walking and living in the gritty and glorious New York City, a character in itself.

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Marriage Beyond Borders: Fact & Fiction

Sat. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Journalist Elizabeth Flock (The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai) and novelist SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies: A Novel) discuss their books and the intimate perspectives they provide on marriages: arranged, loving, truthful, and otherwise.

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Tags: Asian-American, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ, Nonfiction

An American Marriage: In Conversation with Tayari Jones

Sat. March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tayari Jones (An American Marriage) discusses her newest novel which examines the forced separation of a married couple, when being black leads to wrongful conviction and incarceration, and how love responds. In conversation with Lisa Lucas.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Social Justice

Sunday: Mar 25

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 25, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its fifteenth 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

Fractured Families: Fiction

Sun. March 25, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Chris Offutt (Country Dark) and Janet Peery (The Exact Nature of Our Wrongs) discuss how familial complications can lead to both tension and an unbreakable bond.

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Writing the American Story: Diverse Voices in Distinguished Books

Sun. March 25, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recipients Peter Ho Davies (The Fortunes), Tyehimba Jess (Olio), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures), accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove, will share their writing and insights about race and culture, with a particular focus on the August 2017 events that took place in Charlottesville.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Gender, Headliners, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry, Social Justice