Tags: Health / Mind / Body

Wednesday: Mar 20

American Addictions: Our Opioids Crisis

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Beth Macy (Dopesick), and Chris McGreal (American Overdose) share the results of their many years of reporting on America’s opioid epidemic, where and how it began, the corporate greed at its epicenter, the innumerable lives affected, the ignored warnings, and the ongoing consequences, which touch every community.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Carol Troxell Reader: Jarrett Krosoczka

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

As the second annual Carol Troxell Reader, Jarrett Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo) gives a solo reading, sharing his personal story and artwork from his acclaimed new memoir (for mature teens and adult readers).

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Comics / Graphic Novels, Family / Aging, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body, Humor, Nonfiction

Celebration of Challenge Into Change, featuring LaTanya McQueen

Wed. March 20, 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. LaTanya McQueen (And It Begins Like This) 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: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice

Thursday: Mar 21

Love and Heartbreak: Mental Illness Memoirs

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charita Cole Brown (Defying the Verdict) and Zack McDermott (Gorilla and the Bird) discuss their own experiences with mental health and illness, sharing hope for ending the stigma of mental illness.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction

Friday: Mar 22

The Socio-Economic Politics of Food & Family

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Co-authors Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott discuss their collaborative work researching and writing Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It, based on extensive interviews and fieldwork in the homes and kitchens of a diverse group of American families.

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Tags: Family / Aging, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Saying Yes, and… to the Art of Living

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

Location:

First Presbyterian Church

500 Park Street, Charlottesville, Va.

Author and “free-range pastor” MaryAnn McKibben Dana (God, Improv, and the Art of Living) proposes improvisation as an invigorating approach to living life, in a presentation blending spirituality, psychology, social science, comedy, and other disciplines. Dana shares her philosophy on how one can find true satisfaction and fulfillment on the journey of life, even with its inherent mess and surprise.

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Tags: Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

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