Published July 24, 2020

SHELF LIFE continues in August with even more virtual author events, every Tuesday and Thursday at noon (EDT), livestreamed on Zoom and Facebook…

If you’re new to SHELF LIFE or to Zoom, more generally, CLICK HERE to learn more about how to take part. Then, mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

Tuesday, August 4 at 12:00 PM EDT

St Brigid Press with Emily Hancock and Kristin Adolfson

Join Emily Hancock and Kristin Adolfson for a virtual tour of St Brigid Press, spotlighting the latest letterpress chapbook with National Book Award winner Arthur Sze, and talking about the ecology of craft.

Type, paper, ink, and thread. These are just a few components in the “ecology of craft” that serves and supports letterpress printing and bookmaking. Though Emily spends most of her days in the print shop alone, she is deeply aware of the people who make the things that make her work possible, from type founders to needle-makers.

Co-hosted by the Virginia Center for the Book

Thursday, August 6 at 12:00 PM EDT

Bearing Witness: Poetry in Troubled Times

Poets Lauren Alleyne (Honeyfish), Irène Mathieu (Grand Marronage), and Amy Woolard (Neck of the Woods) read from their most recent collections, discuss writing, and writing in these times.

Honeyfish is a remarkable, timely and timeless collection. Awake and unflinching…”—David Mura

Grand Marronage attempts its own kind of freedom by highlighting the black body in a localized history and space of intimacy.”—Matthew Shenoda

Neck of the Woods is a book that abides between dark humor and the kind of disasters rendered so casually that they seem all the more terrifying. What a lovely debut!”—Jericho Brown

Tuesday, August 11 at 12:00 PM EDT

We’re Going to Be O.K. with Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb & Ashleigh Webb

Join co-author Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb and illustrator Ashleigh Webb as they discuss We’re Going to Be O.K., their picture book about staying healthy during COVID-19 as well as mental health support designed for young children (ages 5-9), in conversation with Mack McLellan.

During times of crisis, young school-aged children are particularly vulnerable to anxiety and stress. The COVID-19 pandemic can be scary for this age group. We’re Going to Be O.K. was created in response to this need, and was recognized by the Emory Global Health Institute’s COVID-19 Children’s eBook Competition as an excellent way to provide information to children. CLICK HERE to download a FREE PDF of the book.

Co-hosted by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Thursday, August 13 at 12:00 PM EDT

Race for Profit: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Andrew Kahrl

Join professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor as she discusses her highly-acclaimed Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, in conversation with Andrew Kahrl.

“Essential for readers wishing to understand the depth and differentials of U.S. racial discrimination, Taylor’s masterly expose of the political economy of the racially bifurcated market systematically lays bare how residential segregation made profits from race.”—Library Journal, starred review

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