Schedule

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Virginia Festival of the Book: March 22-26, 2017

7:30 AM

12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony with UVa Dean of Libraries John Unsworth

Wed. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A celebration to launch the 23rd Virginia Festival of the Book and its focus on reading, literature, and literacy. The Virginia Center of the Book recognizes Virginia students who received top honors in the statewide Letters About Literature contest.

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Tags: Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

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2:00 PM

The Pacific Ecosystem: Exploring Man, Flora, and Fauna

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Frederick Damon (Trees, Knots, and Outriggers: Environmental Knowledge in the Northeast Kula Ring), and Stan Ulanski (The California Current: A Pacific Ecosystem and Its Fliers, Divers, and Swimmers) will present on their work in regards to the Pacific environment.

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Tags: Environment / Science

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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.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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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.

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Tags: Fiction, JMRL/NEA Big Read

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4:00 PM

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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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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6:00 PM

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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Bus Lines Community Poetry Reading

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

Location:

Downtown Transit Center

615 E Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bus Lines puts poetry on the move by soliciting poems from throughout the Charlottesville community and posting them on city buses. Our winning poets will share their work with the public in this lively, joyous, family-friendly reading. Come celebrate with us!

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Tags: 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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6:30 PM

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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7:00 PM