Schedule

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

10:00 AM

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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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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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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10:30 AM

Workshop: Writing the Seductive First Sentence with Laurie Stone

Thu. March 23, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Location:

WriterHouse

508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Advance registration is required and the cost to participate is $45 for WriterHouse members, $50 for non-members. To register, please click the GET TICKETS button below.
Where does a story start, and how does the first sentence suck the reader into the narrator’s world? What does it …

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing, Workshop

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11:45 AM

12:00 PM

Poetry: Threads of Identity

Thu. March 23, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

J.K. Daniels (Wedding Pulls), Jenny Johnson (In Full Velvet), and Jason Schneiderman (Primary Source) share their newest offerings.

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Tags: Gender, LGBTQ, Poetry

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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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1:00 PM

2:00 PM

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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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.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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3:30 PM

4:00 PM

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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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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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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Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

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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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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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American Lives: Shirley Jackson, Margaret Wise Brown, and Black Elk

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Ruth Franklin (Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life), Amy Gary (The Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown), and Joe Jackson (Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary) discuss the lives behind 20th century books that inspired millions of Americans.

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Tags: American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Publishing / Books / Writing

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Poetry: Finding Our Space

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Temple Cone (Guzzle), Emilia Phillips (Groundspeed), and Ravi Shankar (What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations) read their latest poetry.

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Tags: Poetry

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6:00 PM

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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6:30 PM

Middlemarch in Spring

Thu. March 23, 6:30 PM - 9:45 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Experience the joys of classical literature brought to life with music in the East Coast premiere of Middlemarch in Spring, a new chamber opera based on George Eliot’s Middlemarch by composer Allen Shearer and librettist Claudia Stevens, and presented by Charlottesville Opera: Ash Lawn Opera transformed.

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Tags: Arts, Music

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7:00 PM

Frank Shorter–My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life

Thu. March 23, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center

1400 Melbourne Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Olympic marathoner Frank Shorter (My Marathon: Reflections on a Gold Medal Life) shares his memoir, with stories from his greatest accomplishments in running and helping to build national interest in the sport to the extreme physical and emotional abuse he suffered as a child.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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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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8:00 PM