Tags: Biography / Memoir

Wednesday: Mar 22

In Pursuit of Story: Memoirs and Travelogues

Wed. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Steven Faulkner (Bitterroot) and Jeffrey Greene (In Pursuit of Wild Edibles) provide historical background and contemporary appreciation for sites of their travels, from the trail of Lewis and Clark to the French countryside and many places in between.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Food / Wine / Travel, History, Nonfiction

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Challenge Into Change

Wed. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Listen to, and honor, The Women’s Initiative’s Challenge into Change essay contest participants as we celebrate the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment.  Seema Reza (When the World Breaks Open) will read from her work. Contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. A book signing and reception follows.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Publishing / Books / Writing

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Thursday: Mar 23

Devlin and Wolfe Talk Jazz: On Albert Murray and Bix Beiderbecke

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Paul Devlin (Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues) and Brendan Wolfe (Finding Bix: The Life and Afterlife of a Jazz Legend) share their recent work on two American jazz legends.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction

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Memoir as Art, Place

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jon Kay (Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers), Theresa Kubasak and Gabe Huck (Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home), and Neal Snidow (Vista Del Mar: A Memoir of the Ordinary) share their beautifully creative work about the numerous ways we can see lives.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Nonfiction

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American Lives: Shirley Jackson, Margaret Wise Brown, and Black Elk

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Ruth Franklin (Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life), Amy Gary (The Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown), and Joe Jackson (Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary) discuss the lives behind 20th century books that inspired millions of Americans.

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Tags: American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Publishing / Books / Writing

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Warhol and the First Ladies

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Feather Schwartz Foster (Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas and Other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet) and Claudia Kalb (Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History’s Great Personalities) share stories from the closets and minds of well-known historic figures.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Health / Mind / Body, History

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Voices of Adult Learners

Thu. March 23, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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

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Frank Shorter–My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life

Thu. March 23, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center

1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Olympic marathoner Frank Shorter (My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life) shares his memoir, with stories from his greatest accomplishments in running and helping to build national interest in the sport to the extreme physical and emotional abuse he suffered as a child.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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Friday: Mar 24

“Tiny Steps” by Rose Williams

Fri. March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center - Lounge/classroom

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Rose Williams, author of Tiny Steps, chronicles the life of a young girl who grew up with a disability in the pre-Americans with Disability Act era and talks about her father, who uniquely and successfully advocated for her to attend mainstream classrooms with a general curriculum. Note: Due to limited space, if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sarah Blech at 434 970-3264.

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Middlemarch in Spring

Fri. March 24, 1:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Experience the joys of classical literature brought to life with music in the East Coast premiere of Middlemarch in Spring, a new chamber opera based on George Eliot’s Middlemarch by composer Allen Shearer and librettist Claudia Stevens, and presented by Charlottesville Opera: Ash Lawn Opera transformed.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Music

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Touching Land and Nature

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Ben Kessler (Rivers of Wind) and Denise Low (The Turtle’s Beating Heart) share lyrical stories of the past and of nature, heritage, and memory. Their writing is both timeless and urgent.

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Tags: American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, History, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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Perspectives from Africa: Ndibe, Okupe, and Omotoso

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Okey Ndibe (Never Look an American in the Eye), Roye Okupe (E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams), and Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) discuss how Africa influences the unique perspectives that they bring to their writing and creative work.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Comics and Graphic Novels, Fiction, Language / Culture / Folklife

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Historic Crime: Sherlock, Poison, and Music

Fri. March 24, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Holly Tucker (City of Light, City of Poison), Michael Sims (Arthur and Sherlock), and Richard Underwood (CrimeSong) share stories of detective creation, stories of true and historic crimes, and stories behind crimes you may have sung about.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Crime Wave, History, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

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Charlottesville Reading Series: Beams, Boggs, and Parker

Fri. March 24, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

The Bridge PAI

209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clare Beams (We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories), Belle Boggs (The Art of Waiting), and Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé) read from their work.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Fiction, Gender, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry

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Saturday: Mar 25

Book Signings at the Lit Fair, Throughout Saturday

Sat. March 25, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

For the first time at the Virginia Festival of the Book, selected speakers with programs held elsewhere during the Festival will also sign books during the Lit Fair on Saturday, March 25, in half-hour time slots.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Spirituality / Religion, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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The Tragedy of Racism and Racial Violence

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charles B. Dew (The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade), Jason Morgan Ward (Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century), and Marjory Wentworth (We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel) examine questions of race, civil rights, and horrific violence.

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

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Nuclear War: Survivors, Resistors, and Current Peril

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Susan Southard (Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War), Caren Stelson (Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story), and Dan Zak (Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age) will present and discuss their new work in regards to the Nuclear Age.

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

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Stage-Serious Cancer: Responding with Humor and Faith

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa McLeod Hall Auditorium

202 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Jason Micheli (Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Cancer) and Terri Tate (A Crooked Smile), relate their experiences with cancer, how they’ve used humor to respond, and how their spiritual journeys have deepened in the midst of it.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

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Questions, Expertise, and the President: Not Just for News Junkies

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Marc Fisher, Michael Kranish (Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power), Tom Nichols (The Death of Expertise), and Frank Sesno (Ask More) will discuss the reporting and research that led to their new books.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

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Written in the Stars: Margot Shetterly & Dava Sobel — SOLD OUT

Sat. March 25, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures) and Dava Sobel (The Glass Universe) discuss their new books and careers as female historians as well as the impact they hope their work has.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Gender, Headliners, History, JMRL/NEA Big Read, Nonfiction

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Sunday: Mar 26

Mental Health: Sue Klebold and the Family Aftermath

Sun. March 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sue Klebold (A Mother’s Reckoning), author and advocate for mental health awareness, research, and suicide prevention, shares the story of her son, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School in 1999, to help other families see the signs when their children need help. Dr. Richard Bonnie will join Klebold on stage for discussion and questions.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body

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A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley

Sun. March 26, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Monticello’s David M Rubenstein Visitor Center

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jane Kamensky reveals the divided loyalties, tangled sympathies of the American Revolution in the eyes of colonial America’s premier painter. Copley’s life and career mirrored the Revolution’s spectacular rises and devastating downfalls, yet he remains a premier figure in artistic legacies even today.

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, History

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Touching History: Richard Rabinowitz on Curating America

Sun. March 26, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

James Monroe’s Highland

2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Richard Rabinowitz (Curating America: Journeys through Storyscapes of the American Past) will discuss his work in creating more than 500 history museums, exhibitions, and educational programs, including how one shapes and informs the narrative, making history touchable. Rabinowitz will be in conversation with Ed Ayers.

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