Schedule

9:00 AM

2019 Publishing Day Lit Fair

Sat. March 23, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Visit the Omni Atrium to explore the 2019 Lit Fair, featuring literary magazines, university presses and small publishers, and writing resources with books and book-related items for purchase.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

10:00 AM

24th Annual Kids’ Book Swap

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - Children's Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bring your gently used children’s books and trade for new-to-you books! We’ll start with fifty boxes of books in the morning and will keep swapping until lunchtime. It’s free and it’s fun! (Sorry, no magazines or grown-up books.)

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Tags: StoryFest / Youth

Hate / Speech: Confronting Discrimination with Free Expression

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Editor Arjun Sethi (American Hate: Survivors Speak Out) and author Nadine Strossen (Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship) discuss discrimination, hate, and free speech in America, identifying ways to counteract vitriol and work toward reconciliation.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Complicated Lives in the Civil Rights Era

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Historians Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life), Frye Gaillard (A Hard Rain), and Preston Lauterbach (Bluff City), through biography, personal history, and a little-known story, examine multiple views of lives and stories of a critical time in American history.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, History, Nonfiction

Resilient Lives in Fiction

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Eugenia Kim (The Kinship of Secrets), Tatjana Soli (The Removes) and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) discuss heartbreaking subjects that explore the ability to survive hardship and struggle.

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Tags: Asian-American, Fiction

American Odysseys: Loss and (Re-)Discovery

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Cathryn Hankla (Lost Places: On Losing and Finding Home) and Marion Winik (The Baltimore Book of the Dead) discuss their heroines’ journeys of leaving, wandering, and finally returning and discovering with new eyes their places of origin with their ever so curious inhabitants.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction

10:30 AM

12:00 PM

Extraordinary Lives in Group Portraits

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Deborah Baker (The Last Englishmen), Catherine Kerrison (Jefferson’s Daughters) and Caroline Weber (Proust’s Duchess) discuss their respective subjects, all fascinating in their own right and important within the context of their times, and why their lives continue to interest us today.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, History, Nonfiction

Short Stories, Long on Meaning

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), Karen Bender (The New Order), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants) discuss their powerful collections of short stories, ranging from the lyrical and meditative to the bizarre and darkly dystopian.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, Language / Culture / Folklife, Science Fiction / Fantasy

Segregation to Civil Rights: America’s Journey

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Richard Gergel (Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring) and Steve Luxenberg (Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation) discuss the historical backgrounds for groundbreaking court rulings that both denied and ignited civil rights for African-Americans in the United States. UVA Law School Dean Risa Goluboff moderates.

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Tags: African-American, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Looking for Crime (or Not!)

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Monroe

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Crime Wave novelists William Boyle (A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself), Kellye Garrett (Hollywood Ending), Thomas Kies (Darkness Lane), and Erica Wright (The Blue Kingfisher) share their newest titles, featuring the adventures of those exploring—or avoiding—crime. Step into action with captivating characters, good or bad.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Historical Fiction: A Woman’s Vantage Point

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Marie Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room), Carrie Callaghan (A Light of Her Own) and Ariel Lawhon (I Was Anastasia) bring life to historical figures in a blending of fiction and creativity in stories of Hedy Lamarr, Judith Leyster and Anastasia Romanov.

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Tags: Arts, Fiction

Latinx Fiction for Young Readers

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hilda Eunice Burgos (Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle), Angela Dominguez (Stella Diaz Has Something to Say), Mia García (The Resolutions), and Kristina Pérez (Sweet Black Waves) discuss their books and the importance of Latinx fiction for young readers.

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Tags: Fiction, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, StoryFest / Youth

2:00 PM

So Many Ways to Die

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Crime Wave novelists V.M. Burns (The Novel Art of Murder), Mary Burton (Cut and Run), Ed Lin (99 Ways to Die), and Wendy Tyson (Rooted in Deceit) discuss their newest titles, with settings ranging from the garden to the bookstore to the Taipei Night Market and the Texan landscape, offering well-written, compelling stories that engage readers from the first page.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Storytime Marathon

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - Children's Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A selection of beloved children’s authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3-6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program.

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Tags: StoryFest / Youth

Lost Lives; Thrilling Stories

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Crime Wave novelists Tim Johnston (The Current), Stephen Mack Jones (Lives Laid Away), Kristen Lepionka (What You Want to See), and David Swinson (Trigger) discuss their newest titles, featuring murder, investigations, and intrigue.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Waiting for Deliverance: Fiction

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Elliot Ackerman (Waiting for Eden) and Katherine Weber (Still Life With Monkey) read from their haunting novels in which multiple, unforgettable characters face complicated challenges of life and love.

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Tags: Fiction

Terrorists: Psychology, Ideology and Circumstance

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Prudence Bushnell (Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings) and Farhana Qazi (Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radicals) probe the catalysts, thoughts and situations motivating terrorists in the Middle East and Africa, and failures of the U.S. national security community to understand these.

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

4:00 PM

Death in a Particular Time and Place

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charles Belfoure (The Fallen Architect), John Copenhaver (Dodging and Burning), David Downie (The Gardener of Eden), and Laurie Loewenstein (Death of a Rainmaker) discuss their newest titles, defined in part by setting and location, and which present fascinating stories of intrigue.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Anti-Semitism and a Defense Against Hatred in America

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jonathan Weisman, journalist and author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, will discuss his book and Judaism, hate, the rise of white nationalism, and how we can fight anti-Semitism in America.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Spirituality / Religion

Letters About Literature Celebration

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson (The Real McCoys) give honorary remarks to kick off this celebration of Virginia students who were selected as winners and honorable mentions in the state-wide 2018 Letters About Literature competition. Select students will also be invited to read from their notable entries.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

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

8:00 PM

Future Tense: Writers You’ll be Reading for the Next 25 Years

Sat. March 23, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math), José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) share and discuss their deeply personal works of nonfiction and poetry, each representing an eye-opening look into larger social and political issues in America.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice