Tags: Gender

Wednesday: Mar 18

Intimate Hardships: Women in War and Imprisonment

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hear Charlotte McDaniel (Stories Untold), Kara Dixon Vuic (The Girls Next Door), and Monica Zgustova (Women’s Voices From the Gulag) share the untold accounts of women affected by conflict, through marriage to servicemen, through service on the front lines, and imprisonment in the Soviet Gulag.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Nonfiction

Native Americans and America’s Founding Stories

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Early-America historians James Rice (Virginia 1619) and Susan Sleeper-Smith (Indigenous Prosperity and American Conquest) share their examinations of the lives of native Americans during the founding era of the United States, including the beginning of native dispossession and the oft-overlooked roles of indigenous women.

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Tags: American Indian, Gender, History

No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us

Wed. March 18, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rachel Louise Snyder (No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us) shares the research and reporting involved in this deep examination of what lies behind domestic abuse, the intense psychological terrorism that can spiral into family violence and lost lives.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, Health / Mind / Body

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

Thursday: Mar 19

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), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss the strong female characters and detailed research process in their acclaimed historical fiction.

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Tags: Fiction, Gender, History

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

Understanding Sex: Consent, Gender, and More

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Micah Jones and Lisa Speidel (editors, The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture From the Margins), Jennie Vanasco (Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl) discuss their explorations of sex from numerous perspectives, including education, gender and identity, consent and assault, and look at how we navigate changing norms and expectations.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ

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

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 20, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Cameron Awkward-Rich (Dispatch), Morgan Parker (Magical Negro), and Amy Woolard (Neck of the Woods) give readings of their poetry during this annual “late-night” Festival program.

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Tags: African American, Arts, Asian American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ, Poetry, Social Justice

Saturday: Mar 21

Love and Other Tough Topics in YA Lit

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

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lamar Giles (Not So Pure and Simple), NoNieqa Ramos (The Truth Is), and Brynne Rebele-Henry (Orpheus Girl) discuss their young adult novels for all ages, which tackle difficult topics, from sexuality and race to religion and family.

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Tags: African American, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Humor, Latinx, LGBTQ, StoryFest / Youth