Tags: Nonfiction

Tuesday: Mar 17

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

Education: Forging a Future for All

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Gerard Robinson (Education for Liberation), Kimberly Jenkins Robinson (A Federal Right to Education), and Ethan Schrum (The Instrumental University) consider how we arrived at current disparities in U.S. educational policy and practice—from grade school failures to poor prison education to post-war university missions—and discuss potential reforms in policy and legislation.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Nonfiction

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

Family Portraits: Defiantly Honest

Thu. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Memoirists Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game), M. Randal O’Wain (Meander Belt), and Maureen Stanton (Body Leaping Backward) discuss the complicated stories of their dysfunctional families, each dysfunctional in its own way. The authors provide unsparing yet compassionate observations of their parents’ choices and cultural landscapes, and uncover what that has come to mean in adulthood.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Nonfiction

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

Giving for Greater Good

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Brennan Gould, executive director of the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation,  Martin Lehfeldt and Jamil Zainaldin (coauthors, The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy), and Ken Woodley (The Road to Healingprobe the transformative use of economic support as one tool to address historical inequalities, along with the challenges in developing that societal and financial backing. Exploring Southern history along with the uses of philanthropy and reparations, the discussion offers valuable stories for nonprofit organizations, board members, donors, and their communities.

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Tags: African American, Arts, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

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

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

Seeking Truths, Writing Violent Crime in the Rural South

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Casey Cep (Furious Hours) and Emma Copley Eisenberg (The Third Rainbow Girl) discuss their examinations of violent crime and imperfect justice in rural communities and the overreaching impact felt by community members and those who came to investigate and report. These stunning books include courtroom drama, individuals whose lives were devoted to uncovering unachievable truths, and small towns terrorized by fear.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, History, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Voices of Adult Learners

Thu. March 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

This program features stories written by adult community members who have gained literacy, academic skills, GED completion, and/or literacy in English as a second language. Audience members will receive a copy of the Voices of Adult Learners collection.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

Friday: Mar 20

Reflecting on the Divine in our Lives

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Carrie Frederick Frost (Maternal Body), Sonja Livingston (The Virgin of Prince Street), and Vanessa Ochs (The Passover Haggadah) discuss their explorations of religion, examining sacred texts, images, and traditions and how they inspire, transform, and perhaps unsettle our lives.

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Tags: Nonfiction, Spirituality / Religion

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

#privacy #influence #bias #transparency

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lawrence Cappello (None of Your Damn Business), Anne Nelson (Shadow Network), and Lewis Raven Wallace (The View from Somewhere) pull back the curtain on critical issues of trust and betrayal, including technologies that trade in the use of personal information and those who create and influence today’s media: the journalists, the internet stars, and the puppeteers strategizing to garner support for certain social agendas.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

Does Good Exist?

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Explore existential questions with Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life), Maggie Paxson (The Plateau), whose personable books cross disciplines to blend science, biography, and history with memoir and introspection to delve deep into philosophical and moral issues.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, History, Nonfiction

Saturday: Mar 21

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

Art as Social Engagement: Murals, Monuments, and More

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Paul M. Farber (Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia) and Alan Goffinski, director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, discuss public art and socially engaged art as modes of creating community and fostering creative expression and understanding.

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Tags: Arts, Nonfiction, Workshop / Demo

Sunday: Mar 22

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 22, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its sixteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.

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Tags: African American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

A Foundation for the Future: Thomas Jefferson’s University

Sun. March 22, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:

Monticello’s David M Rubenstein Visitor Center

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join co-editor John Ragosta and contributors Carolyn Eastman and Ervin Jordan (The Founding of Thomas Jefferson’s University) in a discussion on the development of the University as a foundational institution of public education, dedicated to continually evolving in the theory and practice of educating future generations of Americans.

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Tags: History, Nonfiction