Schedule

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

10:00 AM

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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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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12:00 PM

UVa Creative Writing Alumni Reading

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

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Alumni from the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Kim Brooks (The Houseguest), Lee Clay Johnson (Nitro Mountain), Sjohnna McCray (Rapture), and Sarah Schweig (Take Nothing With You), read from their newest work.

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Tags: Fiction, Poetry

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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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Wild Fiction!! Attacks! Exorcism! Animation!

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Manuel Gonzales (The Regional Office is Under Attack!), Grady Hendrix (My Best Friend’s Exorcism), and Kayla Rae Whitaker (The Animators) share their inventive and exceptional stories.

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Tags: Fiction, LGBTQ

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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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1:00 PM

“Tiny Steps” by Rose Williams

Fri. March 24, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center - Lounge/classroom

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Rose Williams, author of Tiny Steps, chronicles the life of a young girl who grew up with a disability in the pre-Americans with Disability Act era and talks about her father, who uniquely and successfully advocated for her to attend mainstream classrooms with a general curriculum. Note: Due to limited space, if you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sarah Blech at 434 970-3264.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir

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Middlemarch in Spring

Fri. March 24, 1:00 PM - 4:15 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, Biography / Memoir, Music

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2:00 PM

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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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

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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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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

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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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Perspectives from Africa: Ndibe, Okupe, and Omotoso

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Okey Ndibe (Never Look an American in the Eye), Roye Okupe (E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams), and Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) discuss how Africa influences the unique perspectives that they bring to their writing and creative work.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Comics and Graphic Novels, Fiction, Language / Culture / Folklife

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Life (and Love) Is Complicated: Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Michelle Brafman (Bertrand Court), Ann Garvin (I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around), and Lauren Grodstein (Our Short History) share their stories of complicated and loving lives.

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Tags: Fiction

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4:00 PM

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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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

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Poetry: A Little Levity

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

James Brasfield (Infinite Altars), Joseph Mills (Exit, Pursued By a Bear), and Alan Michael Parker (The Ladder) read their poems.

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Tags: Poetry

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Fiction: Exploring Others and Ourselves

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Elizabeth Poliner (As Close to Us as Breathing), Jonathan Rabb (Among the Living), and Domnica Radulescu (Country of Red Azaleas) have written moving, insightful novels that ask pertinent questions about the meaning of place and identity, exploring who we are and what we believe.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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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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5:00 PM

Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practices in the American South

Fri. March 24, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:

Campbell Hall, UVA School of Architecture - Room 153

Bayly Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Architectural historian and former UVa professor Dell Upton will deliver a keynote lecture for the symposium “Race and Public Space: Commemorative Practice in the American South,” around his recent book What Can and Can’t Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Southern / Appalachian

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6:00 PM

Building (and Breaking) Worlds in Contemporary Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fri. March 24, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join authors Will McIntosh (Faller), Sofia Samatar (The Winged Histories), and Steve White (Imperative) as they discuss world-building, plot structuring, and character development in contemporary and traditional science fiction and fantasy.

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Tags: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction

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Book Signing with Catherine Clinton

Fri. March 24, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Catherine Clinton, historian and author of I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry, will sign copies of this award-winning book which presents work by 25 African American poets.

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Tags: StoryFest / Youth

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7:00 PM

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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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction

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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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8:00 PM

9:30 PM