Tags: Health / Mind / Body

Wednesday: Mar 18

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

Cannabis Culture: Marijuana in the Age of Legalization

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Patricia Frye (The Medical Marijuana Guide), Nikki Furrer (A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis), and Lizzie Post (Higher Etiquette) discuss their nonfiction guides to marijuana, demystifying cannabis as an alternative medical treatment for some, tackling questions of etiquette and use in states where marijuana is already legal, and unpacking the ongoing processes of decriminalization and legalization across the country.

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Tags: Health / Mind / Body, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

Science, Public Policy, and Law

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Sarah Milov (The Cigarette), Igor Volsky (Guns Down), and James C. Zimring (What Science is and How it Really Works) delve into the history behind manipulations of scientific studies for economic and political gain, within a discussion of how science works and how much confidence we can place on scientific claims.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Health / Mind / Body, History

Frank and Forthright: On Living, Loving, and Parenting

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Lauren Casper (Loving Well in a Broken World), Kim McLarin (Womanish), and Katherine Wintsch (Slay Like a Mother) offer their perspectives and experiences on parenting young and grown children, loving well, achieving goals, and what it means to be a strong, loving woman today.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

Our Toxic Neighborhoods: Environmental Racism in Flint and Beyond

Thu. March 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy) and Harriet Washington (A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind) share the devastating details of contemporary environmental hazards and the communities most likely to be in danger.

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Tags: African American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body, Social Justice

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

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

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

Taking on Life’s Crises: Resilience and Transformation

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Frank Pasciuti (Chrysalis Crisis: How Life’s Ordeals Can Lead to Personal & Spiritual Transformation) and Bobbi Patterson (Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice) discuss their experience and writing, to offer responses to life’s ordeals, whether a physical or emotional crisis or burnout through service to a community.

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Tags: Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction

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