Schedule

9:00 AM

VPM PBS Presents: Let’s Go, Luna!

Sat. March 21, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bring the kids and enjoy a 25-minute screening of Let’s Go Luna! plus special appearances from Luna herself! Photo opportunities with Luna will take place between 9:00-9:30 AM and 10:00-10:30 AM. Every family in attendance will receive a free book and fun VPM giveaways! Registration begins February 17 at vpm.org/events.

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Tags: StoryFest / Youth

2020 Publishing Day Lit Fair

Sat. March 21, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Visit the Omni Atrium to explore the 2020 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

Audiobook Publishing 101 for Authors

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Audiobook narrators and producers Andi Arndt, Paul Heitsch, and Karen White present an overview of the range of audiobook publishing options available to authors in the current landscape, whether independently or traditionally published in print. Moderated by SAG-AFTRA’s Jane Love, the program will discuss audio rights, production costs and various models of payment, and tips on casting, with time for questions. The participants will provide contact information to attendees for later use.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Taking on Life’s Crises: Resilience and Transformation

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Frank Pasciuti (Chrysalis Crisis: How Life’s Ordeals Can Lead to Personal & Spiritual Transformation) and Bobbi Patterson (Building Resilience Through Contemplative Practice) discuss their experience and writing, to offer responses to life’s ordeals, whether a physical or emotional crisis or burnout through service to a community.

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Tags: Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction

American Politics: The Southern Strategy to 2020

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Khalilah L. Brown-Dean (Identity Politics in the United States), Angie Maxwell (The Long Southern Strategy), and Katherine Stewart (The Power Worshippers) share historical contexts, group identities, and alignments related to racism, religious conservatism, and anti-feminism used to define political viewpoints in Southern and national politics in the U.S.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Find Yourself: Identity and Mental Health in YA Lit

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Maria Padian (How to Build a Heart), and Morgan Parker (Who Put This Song On?) discuss their young adult novels and graphic novel tackling questions of identity and mental health, for readers of all ages.

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Tags: African American, Book Club Picks, Comics / Graphic Novels, Family / Aging, Fiction, Health / Mind / Body, StoryFest / Youth

Family and Fate in Historical Fiction

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), Curdella Forbes (A Tall History of Sugar), and Kirmen Uribe (Bilbao—New York—Bilbao) discuss their historical novels, tracing family stories and individual fates across the globe and over the course of various decades.

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Tags: Fiction, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife

Crime Wave Brunch with Ian Rankin—SOLD OUT

Sat. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join hundreds of Crime Wave readers for Saturday brunch with Crime Wave headliner Ian Rankin, author of In A House of Lies and dozens of other bestselling novels in the John Rebus series and others. Rankin will speak in conversation with John Grisham.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners

12:00 PM

Intimate Portraits of Migration

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jason DeParle (A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves) and Maggie Paxson (The Plateau) discuss their respective quests to explore the challenges of migrants seeking refuge from instability, poverty and violence, and the transformative effects bestowed upon those who help them to forge stable and peaceful new lives.

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Tags: Asian American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global

Seeing Nature Anew

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Thorpe Moeckel (Down by the Eno, Down by the Haw), Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations), Laura-Gray Street (editor, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia) share perspectives on their deep engagement with the natural world as a source of inspiration and solace, continuity and awe.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Environment / Science, Poetry, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Correcting the Narrative: Black Genealogies

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Bettye Kearse (The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family) and Kevin Levin (Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth) share their deeply-researched works in a conversation about black genealogies—actual family histories that were denied and suppressed, and fictive historical tales that blossomed a hundred years after the Civil War.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Mysterious Turn of Events

Sat. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Crime novelists Gar Anthony Haywood (Good Man Gone Bad), Joe Ide (Hi Five), Tara Laskowski (One Night Gone), and Wendy Walker (The Night Before) offer multiple perspectives of individuals caught up in mysteries, by choice or by chance, sharing vivid stories of danger and detection.

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Tags: Crime Wave

2:00 PM

Art as Social Engagement: Murals, Monuments, and More

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Paul M. Farber (Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia) and Alan Goffinski, director of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, discuss public art and socially engaged art as modes of creating community and fostering creative expression and understanding.

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Tags: Arts, Nonfiction, Workshop / Demo

Storytime Marathon

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:00 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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Work-Love Balance: Romance on the Clock

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Adriana Herrera (American Love Story), Mary Ann Marlowe (Dating by the Book), and Hope Ramsay (Summer on Moonlight Bay) discuss their contemporary romance novels that feature professional women making time in their lives to find love.

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Tags: African American, Latinx, Romance

Braided Lives: Southern Sisters, Leading Anthropologists

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America) and Charles King (Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Genre in the Twentieth Century) examine the reconstruction of our preconceptions of identity through the explorations of their subjects in cultures across America and around the globe.

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Tags: African American, Biography / Memoir, Global, Southern / Appalachian

Publishing Day: The Write Start: The Moseley Speed Critique

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Submit the first one hundred words of a manuscript for a speed critique by the Moseley Writers. The work must be original and unpublished. Nonfiction, horror, violent material and erotica will not be considered. No attachments. PASTE the entry in an email to writestart2020@gmail.com by Monday, March 16, 2020.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing, Workshop / Demo

Learning from Economic Policy Shifts: Who Profits?

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Matt Stoller (Goliath) and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Race for Profit) discuss the perils of seemingly well-intentioned government policy shifts to promote access, stabilization, and development—and the disaster of the resulting discrimination, domination, and destruction.

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Tags: African American, Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Curl up with Cozies!

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Mollie Cox Bryan (Christmas Cow Bells), Maya Corrigan (Crypt Suzette), Annette Dashofy (Under the Radar), and Con Lehane (Murder Off the Page) share their newest books, murder mysteries set in the country or city, library or farm, with recipes or cows, and much more.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Graphic Novels for All Ages

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Laura Lee Gulledge (The Dark Matter of Mona Starr), Debbie Levy (Becoming RBG), and Wendy Xu (Mooncakes) discuss their multi-genre graphic novels for young readers and adults, and how they approach telling personal and fantastical stories.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Comics / Graphic Novels, LGBTQ, Science Fiction / Fantasy, StoryFest / Youth

Love and Other Tough Topics in YA Lit

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lamar Giles (Not So Pure and Simple), NoNieqa Ramos (The Truth Is), and Brynne Rebele-Henry (Orpheus Girl) discuss their young adult novels for all ages, which tackle difficult topics, from sexuality and race to religion and family.

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Tags: African American, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Humor, Latinx, LGBTQ, StoryFest / Youth

Cool Music: Origin Stories

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Jack Carneal (Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives) and Grace Elizabeth Hale (Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture) share their stories about being in the room where it happened: Carneal in the backing band to Will Oldham for years of international touring, and Hale in the college town where the B-52s, R.E.M., and others launched their careers.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Music

Crime Finds a Way

Sat. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Ellen Crosby (Angels’ Share), Sara E. Johnson (Molten Mud Murder), Jon Sealy (The Edge of America), and Jon Vercher (Three-Fifths) share compelling stories of crime, intrigue, and the consequential danger to the investigators.

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Tags: Crime Wave

4:00 PM

Dangerous Territories

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Crime writers Don Bentley (Without Sanction), Hilary Davidson (Don’t Look Down), Gabino Iglesias (editor, Both Sides), and Rip Rawlings (Red Metal) share contemporary, hard-driven tales from settings where individuals collide with dangerous borders involving crime, military, police, legalities, or landscapes. Or, in some cases, all of the above.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Agents Roundtable

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Literary agents Peter McGuigan (Foundry Literary + Media), Laura Usselman (Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency), and Howard Yoon (Ross Yoon Agency) discuss the publishing business, the writing they represent, and answer audience questions.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

The Capacity of Sports: Extraordinary Stories

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Amy Bass (One Goal), Michael Kranish (The World’s Fastest Man) and Michael Powell (Canyon Dreams) probe the capacity of sport to bridge gaps in culture and condition, which in turn forge connections to advance the integration of communities—and subsequent opportunities for marginalized individuals.

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Tags: African American, American Indian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Greene County JMRL Library

222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Coauthors Paul Bugas and Val Kells (also illustrator) of the Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia will share their stories behind writing and designing this beautiful and substantive guide, their experiences working with freshwater fishes, and how the guide serves readers, naturalists, and fishers, among others.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

World War II in the Pacific: New Histories

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors David Dean Barrett (140 Days to Hiroshima: The Story of Japan’s Last Chance to Avert Armageddon) and Richard B. Frank (Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War) share their World War II histories, deeply focused on the origins and the endgame of the Asia-Pacific theatre.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

Watching the Detectives

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Cara Black (Murder in Bel-Air), Deborah Crombie (A Bitter Feast), Meredith Doench (Deadeye), and Art Taylor (The Boy Detective & the Summer of ’74 and Other Stories) share stories from their latest books, featuring private and professional detectives and much more, from Paris, England, and the United States.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Family Secrets in Fiction

Sat. March 21, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Andrea Bobotis (The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt), Susan Richards Shreve (More News Tomorrow), and Michael Zapata (The Lost Book of Adana Moreau) discuss the fictional family secrets that form the backbones of their novels, as well as their use of narrative and character development to build suspense.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Family / Aging, Fiction, Global, History

8:00 PM