Tags: Southern / Appalachian

Wednesday: Mar 20

American Addictions: Our Opioids Crisis

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Beth Macy (Dopesick), and Chris McGreal (American Overdose) share the results of their many years of reporting on America’s opioid epidemic, where and how it began, the corporate greed at its epicenter, the innumerable lives affected, the ignored warnings, and the ongoing consequences, which touch every community.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

#Charlottesville: Perspectives on August 2017

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Claudrena Harold and Louis Nelson (Charlottesville 2017) join Hawes Spencer (Summer of Hate) in a discussion of the historic events of August 11 and 12, 2017, when alt-right hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

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

Leading Lives, in Bondage or Free

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Saidiya Hartman (Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments), DaMaris Hill (A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing), and Christina Proenza-Coles (American Founders) bring to life important narratives of African-American men and women, their leadership roles in our country’s development, their commitment to social justice, and the experiences of women of color “bound yet unbridled.”

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Poetry, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Navigating Social Change: Historic Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

A.D. Hopkins (The Boys Who Woke Up Early), Anna Jean Mayhew (Tomorrow’s Bread), and Elaine Neil Orr (Swimming Between Worlds) discuss their powerful stories from the American South in the 1950s and 1960s, featuring well-drawn characters growing up and working through tremendous social changes.

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

Land Use & Foodsheds in the Mid-Atlantic

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Pam Dawling (The Year-Round Hoophouse) and co-authors Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau (Bread & Beauty) discuss their personal approaches to preserving, cultivating, and enjoying land responsibly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Thu. March 21, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

UVa Clark Hall - Room 108

UVa Central Grounds, 291 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author and journalist Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will read from his latest work and discuss the history of, and contemporary stories from, the two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction. This program, an Environmental Sciences graduate seminar, is open to the public.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Southern Blues and Folklife Rekindled: Voices of Mississippi

Thu. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Scott Barretta, William Ferris, and Tom Rankin discuss their collaborative effort in creating Voices of Mississippi, the life’s work of Ferris, an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Folklife, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

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

Organizing for the Common Good: Labor Unions & Strikes in America

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jessica Salfia (55 Strong) and Lynn Waltz (Hog Wild) discuss their personal experiences with and research into contemporary labor unions and strikes in America, from the West Virginia teachers’ strike to the world’s largest meatpacking union.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

New Writing on Climate Change: A Dialogue on Responsibility

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Mike Gunter Jr. (Tales of an Ecotourist), Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles), and Rick Van Noy (Sudden Spring) discuss the people and wildlife that they’ve encountered in their work, as well as the threats that climate change poses for them and the impacts that it has already had, from Downeast Maine to the Gulf Coast of the American South, and across the globe.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Global, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Stories of Survival: Literary Thrillers

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Greer Macallister (Woman 99), James McLaughlin (Bearskin), and Wil Medearis (Restoration Heights) discuss their new literary thrillers, which feature characters forced to defy boundaries in order to survive.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Crime Wave, Fiction, Gender, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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

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

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

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

Location:

Greene County JMRL Library

222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Author and journalist Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will read from his latest work and discuss the history of, and contemporary stories from, the two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Sunday: Mar 24

A World Built on Bondage: Racism and Human Diversity in Award-Winning Fiction

Sun. March 24, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) and Kevin Powers (A Shout In The Ruins) discuss the meanings of trace, violence, and freedom in their acclaimed historical novels. Edugyan and Powers each received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for an earlier novel; they are accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian