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Undoing Drugs: A Conversation with Maia Szalavitz

Maia Szalavitz, author of Undoing Drugs: The Untold Story of Harm Reduction and the Future of Addiction, discusses the story of harm reduction and its potential to tame the opioid …

September 30, 2021 | 12PM
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SHELF LIFE: Race for Profit with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Join professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor as she discusses her highly-acclaimed Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, in conversation with Andrew Kahrl.

August 13, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Before We Forget with Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva

Lyall Harris and Patricia Silva will discuss Patricia’s 2020 pandemic project Before We Forget, hand-bound journals with writing prompts aimed at remembering this unprecedented time.

August 20, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Does Good Exist? Maggie Paxson on The Plateau

Maggie Paxson discusses her memoir, The Plateau, which blends anthropology, history, and personal introspection to delve deeply into philosophical and moral issues; with Bella Stander.

September 10, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: The Kinship of Plants and People—Enrique Salmón on Iwígara

Join ethnobotanist Enrique Salmón as he discusses his new book, Iwígara: The Kinship of Plants and People, with Lilia Fuquen.

September 24, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Monument Lab and Creative Speculations Where You Live: Paul Farber in conversation with Justin Reid

Paul Farber (Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia) discusses his work as a co-founder of The Monument Lab, which works with community members to reimagine public spaces through stories of social justice and equity…

October 15, 2020 | 12PM – 1PM
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When My Time Comes and Discussion with Diane Rehm

Peabody-award winner Diane Rehm offers a moving and informative examination of the right to die movement and the facts and the misinformation surrounding this controversial practice…

October 22, 2020 | 5:30PM
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VOTE! Gilda Daniels and the #1 Antidote for Voter Suppression

Law professor and former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Gilda Daniels (Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America) discusses her book and her work on voting rights and battling …

October 28, 2020 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: True Heart Intuitive Tarot with Rachel True

Join Rachel True—an actress best known for her role in The Craft and a lifelong occultist—as she discusses her new True Heart Intuitive Tarot…

October 29, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Digital Museum of Broken Relationships with Leslie Jamison and Friends

In celebration of the paperback launch of Make it Scream, Make it Burn, join Leslie Jamison for an event built around one of her collected essays, “Museum of Broken Hearts.” …

November 12, 2020 | 12PM – 1PM
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Evicted: An Evening with Matthew Desmond

MacArthur “Genius” and Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond (Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City) discusses his book and his work on housing access and affordability as well as broader, …

December 9, 2020 | 7PM – 8PM
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Who Will Write the Story? The Critical Role of Black Citizen Journalists

Journalism scholar Allissa V. Richardson (Bearing Witness While Black: African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism) discusses empowering marginalized communities to tell their own stories, in conversation with UVA …

December 10, 2020 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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Clutter: An Untidy History with Jennifer Howard

Launch 2021 with Jennifer Howard and a discussion of her book, Clutter: An Untidy History, an expansive assessment of our relationship to the things that share and shape our lives, …

January 12, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE: Hot Cheese with Polina Chesnakova and Sara Adduci

Turn up the heat, it’s time to get cheesy! Join food writer, recipe developer, and cooking class instructor Polina Chesnakova as she discusses her new cookbook, Hot Cheese: Over 50 …

January 14, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE—Unfit: Virginia’s History of Eugenics

Historians Elizabeth Catte (Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia) and Adam Cohen (Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck) discuss one of …

February 18, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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SHELF LIFE—Bird Watching: Spring Migrations with Kenn Kaufman & Pete Myers

Join author and extreme birder Kenn Kaufman as he discusses his newest book, A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, with Pete Myers, in a conversation …

February 25, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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Acts of Exclusion: A Conversation with Tiffany Jana

Artist, author, and consultant Tiffany Jana (Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions) discusses their work and newest book, a practical handbook that helps individuals and …

March 15, 2021 | 12PM – 1PM
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Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race

Regina Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.

March 15, 2021 | 7PM – 8:30PM
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Confederate Ambitions: Flawed Visions for a New Nation

Historians Adrian Brettle (Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World) and Ann Tucker (Newest Born of Nations: European Nationalist Movements and the Making of the Confederacy) share their …

March 17, 2021 | 2PM – 2:45PM
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The Human Cost of One-Click Orders

Award-winning journalists Alec MacGillis (Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America) and Amelia Pang (Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods) …

March 17, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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Finding Home: Memoirs

Authors Louis Chude-Sokei (Floating in a Most Peculiar Way) and Nadia Owusu (Aftershocks) discuss their memoirs, extraordinary stories that trace the authors’ lives through entangled relationships with loved ones across …

March 19, 2021 | 7PM – 7:45PM
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Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste

Nonfiction writers Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains), Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy), and Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste: One Woman’s Fight …

March 20, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM
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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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O Wondrous World! Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil in Conversation

Authors Ross Gay (The Book of Delights) and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments) discuss their new books, collected essays devoted to …

March 22, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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Being Heumann: with Judith Heumann

Advocate and author Judith Heumann (Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist) discusses her book and her life’s work in conversation with John Wodatch. Through Being Heumann, …

March 23, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM
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Beyond the Screen: A Conversation with Mark Harris

In partnership with the Virginia Film Festival, we present author Mark Harris for a discussion of his new book, Mike Nichols: A Life. The acclaimed biography explores the life, work, …

March 23, 2021 | 4PM – 4:45PM
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Lulu Miller Dives into Curiosity: A Celebration of Nature Writing

Author and Radiolab cohost Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don’t Exist) will speak at the celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center. Miller’s …

March 25, 2021 | 2PM – 3PM
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Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from My Indonesian Kitchen with Lara Lee

Lara Lee (Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from My Indonesian Kitchen) discusses her new cookbook of authentic Indonesian cookery and demonstrates a recipe using simple techniques and easily accessible ingredients. With more than 80 traditional and vibrant recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Coconut & Sambal interweaves recipes with beguiling tales of island life and gorgeous travel photography that shines a light on the magnificent cuisine of Indonesia.

March 26, 2021 | 4PM – 4:45PM
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Seeking More than Salvation: Religious Communities

Scholars Tony Tian-Ren Lin (Prosperity Gospel Latinos and Their American Dream) and Todne Thomas (Kincraft: The Making of Black Evangelical Sociality) discuss their new books, in which they explore the …

March 26, 2021 | 2PM – 3PM
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Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot with Evette Dionne & Martha S. Jones

Evette Dionne, editor-in-chief of Bitch Media and author of Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, discusses her Coretta Scott King Author Honor book with Martha …

April 29, 2021 | 12PM – 12:45PM
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Challenging Slavery in the Courtroom: A Question of Freedom

In partnership with the Maryland Center for the Book at Maryland Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Book at Virginia Humanities presents William G. Thomas III as he shares his …

May 3, 2021 | 7PM – 8PM

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