Schedule

10:00 AM

Rebels With a Cause

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hal Crowther (Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners) and Charles Marsh (Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice) discuss their collections of biographical essays on unexpected and underappreciated leaders in struggles for justice and equality.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Environmental Elegies: Sharing the World with Plants & Animals

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clinton Crockett Peters (Pandora’s Garden) and Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles) discuss the flora and fauna with which humans share the world, and how they influence and interact with our lives in integral and unexpected ways.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Global, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Literary Lives: Pat Conroy, Lorraine Hansberry, 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 Hansberry, and John Williams.

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

Family Love and Myth in Transracial Adoptions

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Memoirists Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know) and Susan Harness (Bitterroot) discuss growing up as transracial adoptees, yearning to belong, and struggling to find their birth families. They encounter both heartbreak and joy in these captivating explorations of family myth and culture.

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Tags: American Indian, Asian-American, Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction

12:00 PM

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. Printing Workshop #3

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Virginia Center for the Book

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (located in the Jefferson School City Center)

Printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (2019 Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence) will lead a printing workshop in the letterpress studio at the Virginia Center for the Book, as part of an intergenerational project that celebrates words of wisdom shared by diverse residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Workshop / Demo

Hand-Me-Down Identities: Memoirs with Parents

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Mary Carter Bishop (Don’t You Ever), Bridgett Davis (The World According to Fannie Davis) and Erin Hosier (Don’t Let Me Down) share deeply personal stories of themselves and their families in these memoirs.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Fiction: Seeking New Lives, Elsewhere

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Marina Perezagua (The Story of H), Christopher Tilghman (Thomas and Beal in the Midi), and Spencer Wise (The Emperor of Shoes) discuss how and why their novels transport readers to far-flung lands, through complex, multi-layered fiction featuring captivating characters.

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Tags: Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Gender, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ

Civil War: Places, Politics, and Armies

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians  J. Matthew Gallman (coeditor of Civil War Places), Stephen E. Maizlish (A Strife of Tongues), and Elizabeth R. Varon (Armies of Deliverance) discuss their newest work, explorations of the American Civil War, slavery, and pre-war politics.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

1:00 PM

Access Arts Presents Jane Foy

Fri. March 22, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Local radio veteran Jane Foy shares stories from more than four decades in the broadcasting industry, as well as her advocacy for the vision impaired, her current avocation, writing for caretakers dealing with family members with dementia.

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Tags: Arts, Family / Aging

2:00 PM

The Socio-Economic Politics of Food & Family

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Co-authors Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott discuss their collaborative work researching and writing Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It, based on extensive interviews and fieldwork in the homes and kitchens of a diverse group of American families.

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Tags: Family / Aging, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice

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

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

Political (Dis)harmony: Music & Social Movements

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time), Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus), and Imani Perry (May We Forever Stand) discuss the roles played by music and musicians in organizing social movements, past and present.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Folklife, Global, History, Music, Nonfiction, Social Justice

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

Intertwined Lives: Domestic Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Randall Klein (Little Disasters), Inman Majors (Penelope Lemon), and Kathryn Schwille (What Luck, This Life) discuss their novels, featuring sympathetic characters making their way through life’s inanities and calamities while navigating their own longings and heartaches.

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Tags: Fiction

4:00 PM

Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

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

Location:

Southern Environmental Law Center

201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will speak at the 25th Annual Celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science

Native Lives: Past and Present

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join Jeffery L. Hantman (Monacan Millennium), Susan Harness (Bitterroot), and Greg Smithers (Native Southerners) for a discussion concerning early American history, being born Native and raised outside of the community, and contemporary representation of Native American narratives.

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Tags: American Indian, Biography / Memoir, History, Social Justice

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

Women and War: Untold Stories

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Heath Lee (The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home) and Eileen Rivers (Beyond the Call: Three Women 0n the Front Lines in Afghanistan) discuss the impact of America’s foreign wars on two generations of women, first the Vietnam era P.O.W. wives who confronted an uncaring U.S. government to women of our era themselves fighting in a distant land.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction

Coastal Explorations: Shipwrecks, Pirates, and Screwpiles

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Linda Carnes-McNaughton (co-author of Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize) and Lawrence Saint and Karla Smith (co-authors of Screwpiles) share histories, contemporary stories, and images from their research and extensive exploration of above- and below-water coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

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Tags: History, Nonfiction

6:00 PM

Writing Tough Topics with Laurie Halse Anderson and Jason Reynolds—SOLD OUT

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

Saying Yes, and… to the Art of Living

Fri. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

First Presbyterian Church

500 Park Street, Charlottesville, Va.

Author and “free-range pastor” MaryAnn McKibben Dana (God, Improv, and the Art of Living) proposes improvisation as an invigorating approach to living life, in a presentation blending spirituality, psychology, social science, comedy, and other disciplines. Dana shares her philosophy on how one can find true satisfaction and fulfillment on the journey of life, even with its inherent mess and surprise.

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Tags: Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

7:00 PM

A Special Screening of The Public

Fri. March 22, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Virginia Festival of the Book and Virginia Film Festival are pleased to present a special screening of The Public, a narrative film that explores issues of homelessness and mental illness in America and sets the drama inside one of the last bastions of democracy-in-action: the public library.

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Tags: Fiction, Headliners, Social Justice

8:00 PM

9:30 PM

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, Headliners, History, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian