Tags: History

Wednesday: Mar 22

Monuments and Memory: How We Share History

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales (Through Darkness to Light) and author Colin Rafferty (Hallow This Ground) discuss their work and the role of monuments and memory in creating a sense of shared history.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Exhibit, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction

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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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Thursday: Mar 23

Fresh Perspectives on the Civil War

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

D.H. Dilbeck (A More Civil War: How the Union Waged a Just War), Jon Grinspan (The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century), and Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai (Northern Character: College Educated New-Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era) will speak on their studies of the Civil War.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

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Women Making History: Who Gets to Write Which Stories?

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Academic and public historians Catherine Clinton, Claudrena Harold, Dava Sobel, and Susan Southard join in conversation with Corinne Field about pathways available to women writing history.

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Tags: African-American, Gender, History, 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.

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

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Civil War: The Governors and the Commanders

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Stephen D. Engle (Gathering to Save a Nation: Lincoln and the Union’s War Governors), and Wayne Hsieh and Williamson Murray (A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War), will discuss their Civil War histories, with the perspective of political and military leaders.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

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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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Friday: Mar 24

It’s Complicated: US & USSR Relations

Fri. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Kenneth Ackerman (Trotsky in New York), Richard A. Moss (Nixon’s Back Channel to Moscow) and Louis Sell (From Washington to Moscow) take a look at the long and complicated relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, including Trotsky’s connections in New York through to the collapse of the USSR.

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

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Civil War: Southern Women, Black Regiments, and Night Visions

Fri. March 24, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Catherine Clinton (Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War), Douglas Egerton (Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America), and Jonathan W. White (Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War) will all present and discuss their new works on the Civil War.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History

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Indian Wars, Firearms and the Early American Arms Race

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

David J. Silverman (Thundersticks) and Laura Trevelyan (The Winchester) discuss the Indian Wars, the history of firearms in America, and how they overlapped to launch an Indian arms race.

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Tags: American Indian, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

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Battles Worth Fighting: Civil Rights and Journalism

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Jim Obergefell (Love Wins), Patricia Hruby Powell (Loving Vs. Virginia), and Anya Schiffrin (Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism From Around the World) provide varied perspectives on world-changing stories.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Law / Supreme Court, LGBTQ, Nonfiction

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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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Activism & Leadership: African Americans During Jim Crow

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Claudrena Harold (New Negro Politics in the Jim Crow South), Richard Rosen & Joseph Mosnier (coauthors, Julius Chambers), and Elizabeth Dowling Taylor (The Original Black Elite) explore the life stories and life’s work of nineteenth and twentieth century black leaders.

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Tags: African-American, History

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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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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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Pop Life: Cultural Influences of Media

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Camilla Fojas (Zombies, Migrants, and Queers), Glenn Frankel (High Noon), and Jack Hamilton (Just Around Midnight) discuss different elements of pop culture and how they help define social and political beliefs.

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Tags: Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ, Music, Nonfiction

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Civil Protests, Bloody Responses: Kent State and Selma

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Howard Means (67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence) and Robert Pratt (Selma’s Bloody Sunday: Protest, Voting Rights, and the Struggle for Racial Equality) share events of American civil protests that resulted in bloodshed, histories of protest and reaction that remain relevant today.

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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

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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Tags: Biography / Memoir, History, Nonfiction

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