Tags: Fiction

Wednesday: Mar 18

Depictions of Disability in Fiction

Wed. March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Elizabeth Earley (Like Wings, Your Hands) and Raymond Luczak (Flannelwood) discuss their novels and the decision to embrace characters with disabilities, who are too often left out of or underrepresented in contemporary fiction. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Family / Aging, Fiction, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ

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

Fallout: Fiction on the Personal Impacts of War

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

David Brendan Hopes (The Falls of the Wyona), Thuy Da Lam (Fire Summer), and Marco Rafalà (How Fires End) discuss their novels that grapple with the personal marks left by war on individuals, families, and communities. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Asian American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Fiction, LGBTQ

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

Women in Historical Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Cary Holladay (Brides in the Sky), Laura Kamoie (Ribbons of Scarlet), Sophie Perinot (Ribbons of Scarlet), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss the strong female characters and detailed research process in their acclaimed historical fiction. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Fiction, Gender, History

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

Friday: Mar 20

Music and Memory: Caribbean Influences in Popular Literature

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton) and Njelle Hamilton (Phonographic Memories) explore the Caribbean sources for their writing, considering history, music, and marginalized voices in fiction. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Fiction, Music, Publishing / Books / Writing

UVa Creative Writing Alumni Reading

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Alumni from UVa’s Creative Writing Program, Matthew Gwathmey (Our Latest in Folktales), Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life), and Alexis Schaitkin (Saint X) read from their newest works. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: Fiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing

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

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. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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

New Works by Virginia Humanities Fellows

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Virginia Humanities Fellows Karen Chase (Carrying Independence), Keith Clark (Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines: A Roadmap for Readers), and Charles Thompson (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice In an Unsettled Land) share their most recent works. FREE to attend and open to the public.

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Tags: African American, Environment / Science, Fiction, Social Justice, 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

Take the Bad with the Good: Writing Flawed Characters in Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Wesley Browne (Hillbilly Hustle), Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), and Aatif Rashid (Portrait of Sebastian Khan) discuss their novels which feature flawed characters in their full humanity, making their way as best as they can.

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Tags: African American, Fiction, Humor, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 21

Crime Wave Brunch with Ian Rankin

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join hundreds of Crime Wave readers for Saturday brunch with Crime Wave headliner Ian Rankin, author of In A House of Lies and dozens of other bestselling novels in the John Rebus series and others. Rankin will speak in conversation with John Grisham.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners

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, Comics / Graphic Novels, Family / Aging, Fiction, Health / Mind / Body, StoryFest / Youth

Family and Fate in Historical Fiction

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), Curdella Forbes (A Tall History of Sugar), and Kirmen Uribe (Bilbao—New York—Bilbao) discuss their historical novels, tracing family stories and individual fates across the globe and over the course of various decades.

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Tags: Fiction, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife

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

Sunday: Mar 22

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 22, 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

Finding Yourself in Fiction: Self-Discovery and Re-Discovery

Sun. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), Lindsay Lerman (I’m From Nowhere), and Aatif Rashid (Portrait of Sebastian Khan) discuss their novels about the trials and triumphs of self-discovery, including the first blush of adulthood as well as the re-discovery that comes after loss.

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Tags: African American, Family / Aging, Fiction, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Spirituality / Religion