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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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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.

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

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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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Building and Loving Where You Live

Wed. March 22, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location:

Crozet JMRL Library

2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Anthony Flaccavento (Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change), and Melody Warnick (This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live) will discuss their works on developing one’s home and community.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Business, Nonfiction

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Thursday: Mar 23

Adventures in Eating: Navigating the World for the Perfect Meal

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Jeffrey Greene (In Pursuit of Wild Edibles) and Shane Mitchell (Far Afield) discuss food curiosities, their travels across the world, and how these combine to create unique flavors and experiences that entertain and inform readers and eaters.

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Tags: Food / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction

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Future Science: Humans and Earth

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

David Grinspoon (Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future) and Scott Solomon (Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution) will speak on their work in regards to our future as stewards of this Earth and our future as evolving humans.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Nonfiction

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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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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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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.

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Business Building, Life Giving

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Dollar Tree co-founder Macon Brock (One Buck at a Time: An Insider’s Account of How Dollar Tree Remade American Retail) and co-author Earl Swift engage in a one-on-one conversation about the collaborative writing process and the subject of their book, the humble five-and-dime store in Norfolk, Virginia that became one of the fastest-growing businesses in America.

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Tags: Business, Nonfiction

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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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A Tribute to Joe Wilson: Reading & Concert

Thu. March 23, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location:

C’ville Coffee

1301 Harris Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Fred Bartenstein, editor of Lucky Joe’s Namesake and Roots Music in America, shares the writing of National Heritage Fellow Joe Wilson, an instrumental figure in the world of traditional music. Musicians Phil Wiggins, Sammy Shelor, Frank Newsome, and Linda and David Lay will perform in honor of Wilson’s life and legacy.

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Tags: Folklife, Music, Nonfiction

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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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The Climate Change Generation

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Susan Cohen (Coming of Age at the End of Nature) and Leidy Klotz (Sustainability Through Soccer) discuss their latest work and how it engages diverse views on climate change and activism.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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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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Navigating International Conflicts: Who Helps the Refugees?

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Christine Mahoney (Failure and Hope: Fighting for the Rights of the Forcibly Displaced) and Jennifer C. Rubenstein (Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs) will present and discuss their research and writing related to the international refugee crisis.

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Eyes on the City: Planning and Power

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Robert Kanigel (Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs) and Richard Schragger (City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age) explore the nature of cities, how we think about cities, how we live in and use cities, and how cities govern.

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Economic Inequality: Who Profits? What’s at Stake?

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Daniel Hatcher (The Poverty Industry), Thomas Shapiro (Toxic Inequality), and Jennifer Silva (Coming Up Short) share their research and stories on a few of the specific consequences of historically high economic inequality in 21st century America. Frank Sesno moderates.

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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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An Evening with Joseph Stiglitz: Economic Inequality

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

Location:

Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center

1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz (The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them) will address one of America’s greatest challenges, asking why inequality has increased in the Western world and what we can we do about it.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sunday: Mar 26

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 26, 11:00 AM - 1:30 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.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry

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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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