Schedule

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

The Civil War: Personal Stories, Stunning Tales

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Barbara Bellows (Two Charlestonians at War), John Bicknell (Lincoln’s Pathfinder), and Cate Lineberry (Be Free or Die) discuss their recent books, histories from the Civil War era that provide new and valued insights into the counterpoint of two soldiers from Charleston, resounding impacts of political campaigns, and Robert Smalls’ triumphant choice to free himself and his family from slavery.

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

Domesticity & Democracy: Matters of Race, Gender, Sexuality

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Susan Fraiman (Extreme Domesticity), Johann Neem (Democracy’s Schools), and Rachel Wahl (Just Violence) discuss essential aspects of American culture, how they came to be, how they are viewed and used in other countries, and how this affects us all.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Gender, Nonfiction

4:00 PM

Seeking Wellness: We Are Not Alone

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Zack Bonnie (Dead, Insane, or in Jail: Overwritten!), Lisa Jakub (Not Just Me), Erin Mahone (If You could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity) discuss their personal explorations of mental illness, anxiety, and depression, and inspiring responses to those mental health challenges.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Health / Mind / Body

Engaging with History through Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Camille Di Maio (Before the Rain Falls), coauthors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie (My Dear Hamilton), and Shelly Sackier (The Freemason’s Daughter) discuss their historical fiction with plenty of engaging fact.

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Tags: Fiction

The Lost Book of the Grail

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Author Charlie Lovett (The Lost Book of the Grail) discusses his newest book and its tale of bibliophiles, ancient manuscripts, an English Cathedral, and a competition between preserving ancient manuscripts versus digitizing them. Perfect for booklovers on either side of that argument.

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Tags: Fiction

Dialogue Across Grounds: Race, Gender, and Identity

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Poet Remica Bingham-Risher (Starlight & Error), fiction writer Lisa Ko (The Leavers), and young adult novelist Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss race, gender, and identity across genres, offering perspectives on immigration, family, and police brutality, among other topics, encouraging thoughtful dialogue within our community.

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Tags: African-American, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Family / Aging, Fiction, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Poetry

6:00 PM

Challenge Into Change

Wed. March 21, 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. Tova Mirvis (The Book of Separation), will read from her work. Contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work.

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

Growing Hemp in Virginia: Then & Now

Wed. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Emily Dufton (Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America) and Doug Fine (Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution) discuss the history, legality, and finer aspects of growing hemp, a crop farmed nearby by Thomas Jefferson.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Law / Supreme Court, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Writing About Race & Social Justice: An Evening with Lamar Giles, Jason Reynolds, and Nic Stone

Wed. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Caplin Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (in the same building as Culbreth Theatre)

Lamar Giles (Overturned), Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down), and Nic Stone (Dear Martin) discuss their acclaimed fiction for young readers, the challenges and opportunities facing writers of color, and the decisions involved in writing about race, social justice, gun violence, and other tough topics for teens and adults.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

7:00 PM

Women of the World: Fiction

Wed. March 21, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Crozet JMRL Library

2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Adrienne Benson (The Brightest Sun), Marisa De Los Santos (I’ll Be Your Blue Sky), and Leah Weiss (If the Creek Don’t Rise), will explore the connections between women as they struggle with identity, relationships, motherhood, and the courage to do what they must to survive.

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Tags: Fiction

8:00 PM

Celebrating Folk Masters: Music & Photography

Wed. March 21, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

The Front Porch

221 Water Street East, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Barry Bergey and Tom Pich (Folk Masters) discuss their tribute to folk artists who have been named National Heritage Fellows, the highest honor the U.S. government awards to traditional artists, with Virginia state folklorist Jon Lohman. National Heritage Fellows Phil Wiggins and Sherman Holmes will perform with Almeta Ingram-Miller, Cora Harvey Armstrong, and Jared Pool.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Arts, Exhibit, Folklife, Food / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian