Schedule

10:00 AM

WWII in Europe: Tales of Bravery and Collusion

Thu. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

The Center

1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Authors William Geroux (The Ghost Ships of Archangel), Mary M. Lane (Hitler’s Last Hostages), and Eric Lichtblau (Return to the Reich) offer captivating stories from the European theater of World War Two, including an extraordinary tale of Allied ships crossing the Arctic, an ongoing story of the fine art confiscated by Hitler’s Germany, and a Holocaust refugee who returned to operate behind enemy lines.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Family Portraits: Defiantly Honest

Thu. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Memoirists Adrienne Brodeur (Wild Game), M. Randal O’Wain (Meander Belt), and Maureen Stanton (Body Leaping Backward) discuss the complicated stories of their dysfunctional families, each dysfunctional in its own way. The authors provide unsparing yet compassionate observations of their parents’ choices and cultural landscapes, and uncover what that has come to mean in adulthood.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Nonfiction

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Stories of Displacement: Fiction, Far from Home

Thu. March 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clifford Garstang (The Shaman of Turtle Valley), Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name), and Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau) discuss their novels tackling displacement, storytelling, and the meaning of home.

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Tags: Asian American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, Southern / Appalachian

The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell

Thu. March 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Food We Eat, the Stories We Tell anthology editor Elizabeth Engelhardt and contributors Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia) and Emily Wallace (Road Sides) discuss their experiences with Appalachian foodways and with the creation of an anthology honoring those traditions.

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Tags: Folklife, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

2:00 PM

Cannabis Culture: Marijuana in the Age of Legalization

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Patricia Frye (The Medical Marijuana Guide), Nikki Furrer (A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis), and Lizzie Post (Higher Etiquette) discuss their nonfiction guides to marijuana, demystifying cannabis as an alternative medical treatment for some, tackling questions of etiquette and use in states where marijuana is already legal, and unpacking the ongoing processes of decriminalization and legalization across the country.

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Tags: Health / Mind / Body, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

Shifting Perspectives on the Civil War Experience

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians James J. Broomall (Private Confederacies), William B. Kurtz (co-editor, Soldiers of the Cross), and Thavolia Glymph (The Women’s Fight) share their research and writing from the personal side of the Civil War. These books follow the lives of Southern men, Catholic chaplains and sister nurses, and the role of women to provide new and important perspectives for our understanding of the War.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Women in Historical Fiction

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Cary Holladay (Brides in the Sky), Laura Kamoie (Ribbons of Scarlet), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss the strong female characters and detailed research process in their acclaimed historical fiction.

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Tags: Fiction, Gender, History

Exploring LGBTQ Stories and Histories

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Julie Koets (The Rib Joint), Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia), James Polchin (Indecent Advances) will discuss their recent books—memoir, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction—sharing stories of LGBTQ lives, including the complex balances found between Southern and queer identities, and uncovered histories of gay lives lived in secret and lost to violence.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Fiction, History, LGBTQ, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian

Giving for Greater Good

Thu. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Brennan Gould, executive director of the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation,  Martin Lehfeldt and Jamil Zainaldin (coauthors, The Liberating Promise of Philanthropy), and Ken Woodley (The Road to Healingprobe the transformative use of economic support as one tool to address historical inequalities, along with the challenges in developing that societal and financial backing. Exploring Southern history along with the uses of philanthropy and reparations, the discussion offers valuable stories for nonprofit organizations, board members, donors, and their communities.

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Tags: African American, Arts, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

4:00 PM

Science, Public Policy, and Law

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Sarah Milov (The Cigarette), Igor Volsky (Guns Down), and James C. Zimring (What Science is and How it Really Works) delve into the history behind manipulations of scientific studies for economic and political gain, within a discussion of how science works and how much confidence we can place on scientific claims.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Health / Mind / Body, History

Frank and Forthright: On Living, Loving, and Parenting

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Lauren Casper (Loving Well in a Broken World), Kim McLarin (Womanish), and Katherine Wintsch (Slay Like a Mother) offer their perspectives and experiences on parenting young and grown children, loving well, achieving goals, and what it means to be a strong, loving woman today.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

Who Will Write the Story? The Critical Role of Local Journalism

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Katrice Hardy (executive editor of the Greenville News and the South Regional Editor for USA Today Network), Eric Lichtblau (two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Return to the Reich), and Lewis Raven Wallace (independent journalist and author of The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity), in discussion with Marcia Bullard (retired CEO of USA WEEKEND), examine the critical role of local journalism as well as the threats facing it.

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Tags: Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Seeking Truths, Writing Violent Crime in the Rural South

Thu. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Casey Cep (Furious Hours) and Emma Copley Eisenberg (The Third Rainbow Girl) discuss their examinations of violent crime and imperfect justice in rural communities and the overreaching impact felt by community members and those who came to investigate and report. These stunning books include courtroom drama, individuals whose lives were devoted to uncovering unachievable truths, and small towns terrorized by fear.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, History, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

5:30 PM

Natural Wonders: Fish & Fowl

Thu. March 19, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:

The Lodge at Old Trail

330 Claremont Lane, Crozet, VA 22932

Coauthors Paul Bugas and Val Kells (also illustrator, Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia) and Kenn Kaufman (A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration) share stories from their work and writing—studying the lives of birds and fish and presenting their experiences so all, from enthusiasts to general public, can learn and appreciate.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

6:00 PM

Time and Place in Historical Fiction

Thu. March 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton), Michael Parker (Prairie Fever), and Deb Spera (Call Your Daughter Home) discuss their historical novels and how archival research and deeply developed characters can be used to evoke a time and place amidst rich narratives.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History

Voices of Adult Learners

Thu. March 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

This program features stories written by adult community members who have gained literacy, academic skills, GED completion, and/or literacy in English as a second language. Audience members will receive a copy of the Voices of Adult Learners collection.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

8:00 PM

Our Toxic Neighborhoods: Environmental Racism in Flint and Beyond

Thu. March 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy) and Harriet Washington (A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind) share the devastating details of contemporary environmental hazards and the communities most likely to be in danger.

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Tags: African American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body, Social Justice