Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Wednesday: Mar 20

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

An Evening with Festival All-Stars: Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley

Wed. March 20, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lee Smith (Dimestore), Adriana Trigiani (Tony’s Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot) take the stage to share memories and swap stories, reflect on the evolution of all things literary in the past quarter-century, and discuss their own work, past, present, and future.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Headliners, History, Humor, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Thursday: Mar 21

Coloring Outside the Lines: Explorations in Text and Pattern

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Jane Alison (Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative) and Lois Farfel Stark (The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times) explore the joys of breaking the bounds of their chosen media, the narrative and the image, to challenge our conventional understandings of history, art and form.

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Tags: Arts, Environment / Science, Publishing / Books / Writing

Friday: Mar 22

Literary Lives: Pat Conroy, Lorraine Hansbury, and John Williams

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Michael Mewshaw (The Lost Prince), Imani Perry (Looking for Lorraine), and Charles J. Shields (The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel) examine the lives of mid-twentieth century literary stars Pat Conroy, Lorraine Hansbury, and John Williams.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass) discuss, through their acclaimed biographies, the extraordinary lives of the famous African-American activist-leaders Arthur Ashe and Frederick Douglass.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, History, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

The Renovation of Alderman Library, 2007 to 2023

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

John Unsworth, University librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Virginia, will speak on the ongoing and herculean task of renovating Alderman Library. This program is part of the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. In addition, …

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Writing Tough Topics with Laurie Halse Anderson and Jason Reynolds

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

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 22, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), John Lingan (Homeplace), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus) will deejay.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, History, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 23

2019 Publishing Day Lit Fair

Sat. March 23, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Visit the Omni Atrium to explore the 2019 Lit Fair, featuring literary magazines, university presses and small publishers, and writing resources with books and book-related items for purchase.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Agents Roundtable

Sat. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Literary agents Erin Hosier, Wendy Strothman, and Kristin van Ogtrop discuss the publishing business and answer audience questions.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Letters About Literature Celebration

Sat. March 23, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson (The Real McCoys) give honorary remarks to kick off this celebration of Virginia students who were selected as winners and honorable mentions in the state-wide 2018 Letters About Literature competition. Select students will also be invited to read from their notable entries.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

Future Tense: Writers You’ll be Reading for the Next 25 Years

Sat. March 23, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math), José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) share and discuss their deeply personal works of nonfiction and poetry, each representing an eye-opening look into larger social and political issues in America.

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