Tags: LGBTQ

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

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 Julia 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.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Fiction, History, LGBTQ, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian

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