Tags: Language / Culture / Folklife

Wednesday: Mar 18

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

The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell anthology editor Elizabeth Engelhardt and contributors Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia) and Emily Wallace (Road Sides) discuss their experiences with Appalachian foodways and with the creation of an anthology honoring those traditions.

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Tags: Folklife, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

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

Who Will Write the Story? The Critical Role of Local Journalism

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Katrice Hardy (executive editor of the Greenville News and the South Regional Editor for USA Today Network), Eric Lichtblau (two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Return to the Reich), and Lewis Raven Wallace (independent journalist and author of The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity), in discussion with Marcia Bullard (retired CEO of USA WEEKEND), examine the critical role of local journalism as well as the threats facing it.

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Tags: Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Friday: Mar 20

Lives in Food and Farming, in Virginia and Beyond

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bernard L. Herman (A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia) and Charles Thompson, Jr. (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land) discuss their experiences working within the foodways and agricultural communities of the American South, sharing personal stories as well as insights into contemporary issues surrounding food.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Folklife, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

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.

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

Saturday: Mar 21

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

Sunday: Mar 22

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