Schedule

11:00 AM

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 24, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its sixteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

Jefferson on Display

Sun. March 24, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Location:

Monticello’s David M Rubenstein Visitor Center

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join G.S. Wilson (Jefferson on Display) in a discussion on how Thomas Jefferson’s image, cultivated through his physical presentation, clothing choices, and etiquette, can offer insight into his complex character and the powerful effect he had on others.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, History, Southern / Appalachian

12:00 PM

Finding Wisdom: A Letterpress Project

Sun. March 24, 12:00 PM - 2:30 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 discuss his collaboration with the Virginia Center for the Book to produce an intergenerational project that celebrates words of wisdom shared by diverse residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. This program will include a free public printing demo with Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. at 12:00 PM, followed by an artist’s talk at 1:00 PM.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Education / Teaching, Workshop / Demo

1:00 PM

National Book Critics Circle Presents: Outstanding Writing

Sun. March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join National Book Critics Circle board members Tess Taylor and Marion Winik as they discuss the NBCC’s work in support of reading, criticism, and literature. Taylor and Winik will be joined by NBCC Literary Award-recognized author Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know). The only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves, the 2018 NBCC award longlist is announced in January, and awarded the week before the Festival.

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Tags: Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing

Enduring Passions: Writing a Romance Series

Sun. March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Michelle Damiani (Santa Lucia), Ann Jeffries (Judicial Indiscretion) and Margaret Locke (The Legendary Duke) discuss their steamy romance novels and the unique challenges in writing characters over the course of a series.

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Tags: Romance

Reexamining the Birth of a Nation: Jamestown and 1619

Sun. March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

James Horn (1619) and Joseph Kelly (Marooned) reexamine well-known origin stories for our country and Commonwealth, presenting groundbreaking new histories of the 1607 arrival of colonists in Jamestown and the 1619 arrival of the first African enslaved people and establishment of Virginia’s first General Assembly. Consequential decisions wrought in harsh conditions led to the birth of democracy, and also laid the cornerstone for racial inequality from the beginning.

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Tags: African-American, History

2:00 PM

Exploring Jewish Identity: Personal and Historical

Sun. March 24, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Congregation Beth Israel

301 East Jefferson Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Join Gabriel Laufer (A Survivor’s Duty) and Pamela Nadell (America’s Jewish Women) for their histories of Jewish identity, offering close-up personal views of twentieth century historic events as well as an exploration of extraordinary Jewish women and the imprint made by their social activism.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, History, Spirituality / Religion

3:00 PM

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 John Edgar Wideman (American Histories) discuss the meanings of race, violence, and freedom, as explored in their acclaimed fiction. Edugyan and Wideman 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, Headliners, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Diverse Desires: LGBTQI Voices in Romance Writing

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Samantha Boyette (What Happens When), D. Jackson Leigh (Ordinary is Perfect) and Radclyffe (Passionate Rivals) discuss the issue of diversity—ethnic, racial, sexual, and gender-related—in publishing, the similarities and differences between mainstream and LGBTQI romances, and the nuances of authentic character construction.

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Tags: LGBTQ, Romance