Tags: Fiction

Tuesday: Mar 21

Wednesday: Mar 22

Fiction: In the Wake of History

Wed. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Marie Benedict (The Other Einstein), Carrie Brown (The Stargazer’s Sister), and Stephen O’Connor (Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings) share their novels featuring characters with intimate connections to historic figures.

Tags: Fiction, JMRL/NEA Big Read

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Deeply Human Stories: Fiction

Wed. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Hannah Gersen (Home Field), Jennifer Handford (The Light of Hidden Flowers), and Patricia Harman (The Runaway Midwife) share their heartfelt novels.

Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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We Write Too: Celebrating Skyline 2017

Wed. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Skyline 2017 anthology authors talk about fitting award-winning writing in with interesting professional careers. The program also celebrates the formal launching of the Skyline 2017 anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for  central Virginia writers.

Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing

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Thursday: Mar 23

Unforgettable Fiction, Unexpected Directions

Thu. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Robert Bausch (The Legend of Jesse Smoke), Marcy Dermansky (The Red Car), and Phillip Lewis (The Barrowfields) discuss their novels, stories that lead characters in surprising directions, toward unanticipated lives.

Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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Heartbreaking (& Heartbreakingly Good) Fiction

Thu. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jane Alison (Nine Island), Michael Knight (Eveningland), and Laurie Stone (My Life as an Animal) share their newest work, sophisticated stories of lives caught in a particular time and place.

Tags: Fiction

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Irresistible Oddballs: New Voices in Fiction

Thu. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Julia Claiborne Johnson (Be Frank With Me), Rebecca Kauffman (Another Place You’ve Never Been), and Liz Kay (Monsters: A Love Story) discuss their debut novels and the kooky yet lovable characters who inhabit them.

Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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Shaping Eyre: A Conversation about (Re)reading Brontë in the 21st Century

Thu. March 23, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location:

The Rotunda

1826 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904

How does classic literature continue to shape modern-day readers, and how do readers themselves help shape popular classics? Author Patricia Park (Re Jane) and rare book curator Barbara Heritage discuss the enduring influence of Charlotte Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel, Jane Eyre.

Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

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Race and Class: A Necessary Dialogue

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Lisa Goff (Shantytown, USA), Brooke Obie (Book of Addis), and Lawrence Ross (Blackballed) discuss race and class in America, offering perspectives from fiction, policy and politics, and history, and encouraging thoughtful dialogue on these topics within our community.

Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Fiction, History, JMRL/NEA Big Read, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction

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Friday: Mar 24

Wild Fiction!! Attacks! Exorcism! Animation!

Fri. March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office is Under Attack!), Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism), and Kayla Rae Whitaker (The Animators) share their inventive and exceptional stories.

Tags: Fiction, LGBTQ

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UVa Creative Writing Alumni Reading

Fri. March 24, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Alumni from the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Kim Brooks (The Houseguest), Lee Clay Johnson (Nitro Mountain), Sjohnna McCray (Rapture), and Sarah Schweig (Take Nothing With You), read from their newest work.

Tags: Fiction, Poetry

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Life (and Love) Is Complicated: Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Michelle Brafman (Bertrand Court), Ann Garvin (I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around), and Lauren Grodstein (Our Short History) share their stories of complicated and loving lives.

Tags: Fiction

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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.

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

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Fiction: Exploring Others and Ourselves

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Elizabeth Poliner (As Close to Us as Breathing), Jonathan Rabb (Among the Living), and Domnica Radulescu (Country of Red Azaleas) have written moving, insightful novels that ask pertinent questions about the meaning of place and identity, exploring who we are and what we believe.

Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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Building (and Breaking) Worlds in Contemporary Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fri. March 24, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join authors Will McIntosh (Faller), Sofia Samatar (The Winged Histories), and Steve White (Imperative) as they discuss world-building, plot structuring, and character development in contemporary and traditional science fiction and fantasy.

Tags: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction

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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.

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

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Saturday: Mar 25

Debut Fiction: Love, Loss, and Family

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hannah Assadi (Sonora), Taylor Larsen (Stranger, Father, Beloved), and Tom McAllister (The Young Widower’s Handbook) share their debut novels.

Tags: Fiction

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Backpacking Adventures for Kids

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center

Historic Crozet Train Depot, 5791 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet, Va. 22932

Outdoor enthusiast and author Jeff Alt (The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park) discusses real-life outdoor know-how and the fictional national park adventures that take place in his series of middle-grade novels.

Tags: Environment / Science, Fiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals, StoryFest / Youth

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The Supernatural Self: Fantasy and Intrigue in YA Fiction

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jennifer Brody (Return of the Continuums), Brenda Drake (Thief of Lies), Shaun David Hutchinson (At the Edge of the Universe), and Eric Smith (Branded) talk about world-building, character development, mythologies, and their creative processes as young adult fiction writers.

Tags: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, StoryFest / Youth

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Modern Love, Contemporary Romance

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Brandi Granett (Triple Love Score), Mary Ann Marlowe (Some Kind of Magic), and Hope Ramsay (A Christmas Bride) discuss the quirky heroines and contemporary settings in their books about modern love.

Tags: Fiction, Romance

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An Inconvenient Love: Historical Romance

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rose Fairbanks (Renewed Hope), Julia London (Sinful Scottish Laird), and S.K. Long (Passion in the Pines) discuss historical novels that explore love, marriage, and second chances.

Tags: Fiction, Romance

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Sunday: Mar 26

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 26, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its fourteenth 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.

Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

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