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SHELF LIFE: In West Mills with De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Join author De’Shawn Charles Winslow as he discusses his novel, In West Mills, with Allison Wright, executive editor of Virginia Quarterly Review.

August 18, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: The New American with Micheline Aharonian Marcom

Micheline Aharonian Marcom discusses her latest novel, The New American, with Catalina Esguerra

September 3, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Conversational Creatures with Anita Felicelli and Joni Murphy

Anita Felicelli (Chimerica) & Joni Murphy (Talking Animals) discuss their latest novels & the roles of talking animals in literary fiction

September 17, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Family Secrets in Fiction: Jill McCorkle in conversation with Brendan Mathews

Beloved novelist Jill McCorkle discusses her latest book, Hieroglyphics, with author Brendan Mathews…

October 8, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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A Conversation on SHOWTIME’S The Good Lord Bird

Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will be joined by award-winning author James McBride for a conversation around The Good Lord Bird…

October 25, 2020
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SHELF LIFE: The Shadow King with Maaza Mengiste and Jill Bialosky

Author Maaza Mengiste discusses her latest novel, The Shadow King, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, with her editor, Jill Bialosky.

November 5, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Fiebre Tropical with Juli Delgado Lopera with Catalina Esguerra

Novelist Juli Delgado Lopera discusses their acclaimed new novel, Fiebre Tropical, with Catalina Esguerra. Lit by the hormonal neon glow of Miami, this heady, multilingual debut novel follows a Colombian …

November 19, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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NBF Presents: The Work of Fiction

Three 2020 honorees for the National Book Award for Fiction Rumaan Alam (Leave the World Behind, Finalist), Megha Majumdar (A Burning, Longlist), and Deesha Philyaw (The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, Finalist) discuss their books and fiction’s place in contemporary American culture, with Randy Winston.

March 13, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM
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An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson

In partnership with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series, acclaimed author Jacqueline Woodson will discuss her work, including Red at the Bone, as well as her National …

March 16, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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Indigenous Lit: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Kelli Jo Ford & Diane Wilson

Novelists Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (Even As We Breathe), Kelli Jo Ford (Crooked Hallelujah), and Diane Wilson (The Seed Keeper) discuss their work as indigenous writers celebrating Dakota and Cherokee cultures and traditions amid larger forces of history, religion, and class in America.

March 17, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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Historical Fiction: Rachel Beanland, Brian Castleberry & Lauren Francis-Sharma

Novelists Rachel Beanland (Florence Adler Swims Forever), Brian Castleberry (Nine Shiny Objects), and Lauren Francis-Sharma (Book of the Little Axe) discuss their sweeping works of historical fiction, ranging from 18th-century Trinidad to 20th-century America, and grappling with colonialism, family secrets, racism, and questions of belief.

March 18, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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UVA Creative Writing Alumni Reading

Join Anna Beecher (Here Comes the Miracle) and Emily Temple (The Lightness), MFA graduates of UVA’s Creative Writing Program, as they read from and discuss their first novels, in conversation …

March 19, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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Writing Women, Writing Resilience

Susan Abulhawa (Against the Loveless World), Peace Adzo Medie (His Only Wife), and Diane Zinna (The All-Night Sun) discuss their new novels and the irrepressible women whose stories they tell, including a young Palestinian reflecting on her life while in solitary confinement, a young seamstress in Ghana seeking independence while navigating marriage and family, and an American teacher traveling in Sweden who is forced to finally come to grips with her buried grief.

March 19, 2021 | 4PM – 5PM
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Celebration! A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its 17th annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including musical and spoken word performances by community youth and a tribute …

March 21, 2021 | 11AM – 1:30PM
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BIPOC Voices in Speculative Fiction

Catherine Hernandez (Crosshairs) and Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer) discuss their works of speculative fiction for YA and adult audiences, as well as their experiences as women of color writing BIPOC characters in science fiction and fantasy.

March 21, 2021 | 4PM – 4:45PM
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The Art of the Short Story: John Lanchester & Te-Ping Chen

John Lanchester (Reality and Other Stories) and Te-Ping Chen (Land of Big Numbers: Stories) discuss their new collections of short stories which grapple with questions of interpersonal connection, technology, ambition, and distraction, through a mixture of witty literary fiction, magical realism, and cultural criticism.

March 22, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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Yellow Wife with Sadeqa Johnson

Novelist Sadeqa Johnson discusses her latest book, Yellow Wife, the harrowing story of an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

March 24, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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The Secrets We Keep: Literary Fiction

Bill Clegg (The End of the Day), Zeyn Joukhadar (The Thirty Names of Night), and Zak Salih (Let’s Get Back to the Party) discuss their new novels exploring the mysteries of self and community, from the bonds and breaking points of friendship across generations, to a closeted Syrian-American trans boy’s search for family, and childhood friends’ attempts to navigate queer culture in contemporary Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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Homeland Elegies with Ayad Akhtar

Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies) discusses his latest novel, a deeply personal work about identity and belonging in a nation coming apart at the seams.

March 25, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM

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