Schedule

10:00 AM

Reaching Young Readers: Smell My Book!

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Acclaimed children’s author Cece Bell (Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!) and editor of the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul (How to Raise a Reader), take a look at what makes a great book for young readers and how to welcome children to a lifelong love of reading. Easy access to books, rituals around reading, and giggles, of course, help. Book sales and signing will follow.

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

Understanding Sex: Consent, Gender, and More

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Micah Jones and Lisa Speidel (editors, The Edge of Sex: Navigating a Sexually Confusing Culture From the Margins), Jennie Vanasco (Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl) discuss their explorations of sex from numerous perspectives, including education, gender and identity, consent and assault, and look at how we navigate changing norms and expectations.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Education / Teaching, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ

Blurred Lines: Extraordinary Memoirs

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Shonda Buchanan (Black Indian), Jaquira Diaz (Ordinary Girls), and Julia Koets (The Rib Joint) share stories of lives built beyond the impacts of physical and emotional abuse; addiction and addictive families; margins of mixed race, religion, and gender identity; and more. Each lyrically written, these extraordinary memoirs map a path forward.

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Tags: African American, American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Gender, Latinx, LGBTQ

The Elusiveness of Equal Protections

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (Migrating to Prison), Alec Karakatsanis (Usual Cruelty), and Asma T. Uddin (When Islam is Not a Religion) as they share perspectives on discrimination and criminalization, prompt a hard look at our desensitization to human rights encroachments, and question the status quo in a bid to restore humanity to the criminal justice and immigration systems.

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

12:00 PM

Reflecting on the Divine in our Lives

Fri. March 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Carrie Frederick Frost (Maternal Body), Sonja Livingston (The Virgin of Prince Street), and Vanessa Ochs (The Passover Haggadah) discuss their explorations of religion, examining sacred texts, images, and traditions and how they inspire, transform, and perhaps unsettle our lives.

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Tags: Nonfiction, Spirituality / Religion

Lives in Food and Farming, in Virginia and Beyond

Fri. March 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bernard L. Herman (A South You Never Ate: Savoring Flavors and Stories from the Eastern Shore of Virginia) and Charles Thompson, Jr. (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land) discuss their experiences working within the foodways and agricultural communities of the American South, sharing personal stories as well as insights into contemporary issues surrounding food.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Folklife, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

1:00 PM

Living at the Heart of the UVA Community

Fri. March 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Access Arts presents Martin Powell (Living at the Heart of the UVA Community: Alderman Library, Madison House, Theta Chi & Beyond) discussing the tremendous support provided to him and his family by the University community and why he was compelled to write his story.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir

2:00 PM

Global Diaspora Fiction

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Amitav Ghosh (Gun Island), Helon Habila (Travelers), and Mimi Lok (Last of Her Name) discuss their novels exploring personal and political impacts of contemporary diaspora.

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Tags: African American, Asian American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, Language / Culture / Folklife

Black Music: Going Viral and Going on Trial

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Kevin Allred (Ain’t I A Diva?) and Eric Nielson (Rap on Trial) discuss American black music and its strange juxtapositions from viral popularity, to layers of lyrics that explore gender, race, sexuality, and power, to our legal system’s use of rap lyrics to prosecute crime.

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Tags: African American, Law / Supreme Court, Music

Identity in Contemporary Appalachian Fiction

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Madeline ffitch (Stay and Fight), Jeff Mann (LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia), and Valerie Nieman (To the Bones) discuss their fiction and what it means to write about contemporary Appalachia, from nuanced politics to difficult stereotypes.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Folklife, Language / Culture / Folklife, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

#privacy #influence #bias #transparency

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lawrence Cappello (None of Your Damn Business), Anne Nelson (Shadow Network), and Lewis Raven Wallace (The View from Somewhere) pull back the curtain on critical issues of trust and betrayal, including technologies that trade in the use of personal information and those who create and influence today’s media: the journalists, the internet stars, and the puppeteers strategizing to garner support for certain social agendas.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

Book Reviewers Bare All: Reading for a Living

Fri. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join Maureen Corrigan, Anita Fellicelli, and Pamela Paul as they offer a look behind the curtain on the vital job of reading and reviewing books. Hear what it is like to receive hundreds, or thousands, of copies of books calling for their attention, how to decide which to read, and how to share what they love, or don’t, with readers.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing

4:00 PM

For the Thrill of It: Literary Thrillers

Fri. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Angie Kim (Miracle Creek), Alexis Schaitkin (Saint X), and Michael Farris Smith (Blackwood) discuss their acclaimed literary thrillers, the methods they use to build suspense, and the inspirations they draw upon when creating gripping fiction.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Southern / Appalachian

New Works by Virginia Humanities Fellows

Fri. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Virginia Humanities Fellows Karen Chase (Carrying Independence), Keith Clark (Navigating the Fiction of Ernest J. Gaines: A Roadmap for Readers), and Charles Thompson (Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice In an Unsettled Land) share their most recent works.

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Tags: African American, Environment / Science, Fiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Does Good Exist?

Fri. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Explore existential questions with Lulu Miller (Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life), Maggie Paxson (The Plateau), whose personable books cross disciplines to blend science, biography, and history with memoir and introspection to delve deep into philosophical and moral issues.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, History, Nonfiction

Take the Bad with the Good: Writing Flawed Characters in Fiction

Fri. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Wesley Browne (Hillbilly Hustle), Gabriel Bump (Everywhere You Don’t Belong), and Aatif Rashid (Portrait of Sebastian Khan) discuss their novels which feature flawed characters in their full humanity, making their way as best as they can.

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Tags: African American, Fiction, Humor, Southern / Appalachian

Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

Fri. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

The Haven

112 W. Market Street Charlottesville, VA 22902

Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss) will speak at the celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Southern / Appalachian

6:00 PM

Local Monument Lab: Albemarle Courthouse Historic District

Fri. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Albemarle County Office Building - Lane Auditorium

401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join the Albemarle County Office of Equity & Inclusion, Virginia Humanities, and Monument Lab for a community conversation about the Albemarle County Courthouse Historic District and how citizens and local government remember the past for the future. Siri Russell and Paul Farber (Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia) discuss 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.

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Tags: Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War

A Conversation with Vashti Harrison

Fri. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Vashti Harrison (Little Legends) discusses her work as an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books, her formative experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, and her hopes and plans for the future of her creative career.

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Tags: African American, Arts, Headliners, History, Social Justice, StoryFest / Youth

8:00 PM

Night Full of Crime: Deborah Crombie, Joe Ide, and Ian Rankin

Fri. March 20, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join bestselling authors Deborah Crombie (A Bitter Feast), Joe Ide (Hi Five: An IQ Novel), and Ian Rankin (In A House of Lies) as they discuss their newest books—books that feature complex protagonists who have grown into their lives through series of novels, who delve into social issues while solving core mysteries, and who draw readers back for more, year after year. Maureen Corrigan moderates the conversation.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Headliners

9:30 PM

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 20, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Cameron Awkward-Rich (Dispatch), Morgan Parker (Magical Negro), and Amy Woolard (Neck of the Woods) give readings of their poetry during this annual “late-night” Festival program.

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Tags: African American, Arts, Asian American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body, LGBTQ, Poetry, Social Justice