Tags: Southern / Appalachian

Wednesday: Mar 18

Finding Stories, Finding Ourselves: Photography

Wed. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Photographers and writers Timothy Duffy (Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs), Alex Harris and Margaret Sartor (co-authors of Where We Find Ourselves: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922), and Robert Schultz (co-author of War Memoranda) present striking photography, particular processes, and contemplations of barriers related to class and race and national origin. 

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Tags: African American, Arts, Southern / Appalachian

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

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

Location:

The Haven

112 W. Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss) will speak at the celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Southern / Appalachian

New Works by Virginia Humanities Fellows

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Virginia Humanities Fellows Karen Chase (Carrying Independence), Keith Clark (Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines: A Roadmap for Readers), and Charles Thompson (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice In an Unsettled Land) share their most recent works.

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Tags: African American, Environment / Science, Fiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

For the Thrill of It: Literary Thrillers

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Angie Kim (Miracle Creek), Alexis Schaitkin (Saint X), and Michael Farris Smith (Blackwood) discuss their acclaimed literary thrillers, the methods they use to build suspense, and the inspirations they draw upon when creating gripping fiction.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Southern / Appalachian

Take the Bad with the Good: Writing Flawed Characters in Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Wesley Browne (Hillbilly Hustle), Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), and Aatif Rashid (Portrait of Sebastian Khan) discuss their novels which feature flawed characters in their full humanity, making their way as best as they can.

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Tags: African American, Fiction, Humor, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 21

American Politics: The Southern Strategy to 2020

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Khalilah L. Brown-Dean (Identity Politics in the United States), Angie Maxwell (The Long Southern Strategy), and Katherine Stewart (The Power Worshippers) share historical contexts, group identities, and alignments related to racism, religious conservatism, and anti-feminism used to define political viewpoints in Southern and national politics in the U.S.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Seeing Nature Anew

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Thorpe Moeckel (Down by the Eno, Down by the Haw), Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations), Laura-Gray Street (editor, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia) share perspectives on their deep engagement with the natural world as a source of inspiration and solace, continuity and awe.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Environment / Science, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Braided Lives: Southern Sisters, Leading Anthropologists

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America) and Charles King (Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Genre in the Twentieth Century) examine the reconstruction of our preconceptions of identity through the explorations of their subjects in cultures across America and around the globe.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Global, Southern / Appalachian

Sunday: Mar 22

Class, Church, and Place in Southern Black Communities

Sun. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

William Andrews (Slavery and Class in the American South), Daniel Thorp (Facing Freedom), and Nicole Myers Turner (Soul Liberty) share critical new studies of the lives of Southern blacks. Their works use slave narratives, land documents,  local archives, church records, and geospatial mapping to unearth authentic accounts and provide new perspectives.

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Tags: African American, History, Southern / Appalachian, Spirituality / Religion