Schedule

10:00 AM

11:45 AM

12:00 PM

EXHIBIT: Deborah Willis at the Jefferson School African Heritage Center

Wed. March 20, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Presented by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, this exhibit features two of the most recent bodies of work by photographer and video artist Deborah Willis, “In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond” and “Representing Joan Baez’s ‘Civil War.'”

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Exhibit, Social Justice

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. Printing Workshop #1

Wed. March 20, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Virginia Center for the Book

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903 (located in the Jefferson School City Center)

Printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (2019 Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence) will lead a printing workshop in the letterpress studio at the Virginia Center for the Book, as part of an intergenerational project that celebrates words of wisdom shared by diverse residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Workshop / Demo

1:00 PM

From Page to Stage: The Empty Pot

Wed. March 20, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:

Worksource Enterprises

1311 Carlton Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Students from Albemarle County Public Schools Post High and Charlottesville High School Parkside will perform a play based on the book, The Empty Pot, by Demi. The lead teachers are Lindsay Jobe, Candy Taberner, Meredith Rider, and Rachel McLaughlin. The adaptation is written, produced, and directed by Dianne Gobbie.

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Tags: Arts, StoryFest / Youth

2:00 PM

#Charlottesville: Perspectives on August 2017

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Claudrena Harold and Louis Nelson (Charlottesville 2017) join Hawes Spencer (Summer of Hate) in a discussion of the historic events of August 11 and 12, 2017, when alt-right hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

True Crime: Taking Back the Power

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Co-authors Victoria Bruce and William Oldfield (Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society Review) and Patricia Miller (Bringing Down the Colonel) discuss incredible true stories that changed history and the research that went into their captivating books detailing those events.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

American Addictions: Our Opioids Crisis

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Beth Macy (Dopesick), and Chris McGreal (American Overdose) share the results of their many years of reporting on America’s opioid epidemic, where and how it began, the corporate greed at its epicenter, the innumerable lives affected, the ignored warnings, and the ongoing consequences, which touch every community.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Embracing Power: Women and the Supernatural

Wed. March 20, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Cai Emmons (Weather Woman) and Jessica Handler (The Magnetic Girl) discuss their work, including their characters’ mysterious and other-worldly connections in these captivating novels involving climate change, mystics, manipulation, and the exploration of a woman’s power.

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Tags: Fiction

4:00 PM

Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Alissa Quart (Squeezed:Why Our Families Can’t Afford America), discusses her reporting, research, and personal experience covering the financial pressures on American families stemming from rising medical and childcare costs, harsh employment policies, underemployment, and more, in conversation with Allison Pugh.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Extraordinary Times: New Early American Histories

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Robert Parkinson (The Common Cause) and Douglas Winiarski (Darkness Falls on the Land of Light) discuss their acclaimed books, presenting important new discoveries and voices from early American political and religious history, and examining themes that echo true today.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Spirituality / Religion

Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Janet Benton (Lilli de Jong), Camille Di Maio (The Way of Beauty), and Sarah McCoy (Marilla of Green Gables) discuss their historic fiction, set in 1883 Philadelphia, turn-of-the-century New York City, and Avonlea.

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Tags: Fiction, History

Carol Troxell Reader: Jarrett Krosoczka

Wed. March 20, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

As the second annual Carol Troxell Reader, Jarrett Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo) gives a solo reading, sharing his personal story and artwork from his acclaimed new memoir (for mature teens and adult readers).

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Tags: Arts, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Comics / Graphic Novels, Family / Aging, Headliners, Health / Mind / Body, Humor, Nonfiction

6:00 PM

History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power—SOLD OUT

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy (Monumental) and former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (In the Shadow of Statues) discuss their experiences working as elected representatives and examining the history behind and presented by public monuments in their cities.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

JMRL Same Page Presents: Lisa See

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Northside JMRL Library

705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page community-wide reading series invites residents to discuss Lisa See’s novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. Tea Girl examines identity through the lens of cross-cultural adoption and Chinese ethnicities set in suburban California and the Tea Mountains of Yunnan Province. See will read from her work and take community questions before signing books, which will be available for purchase onsite.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction, JMRL/Same Page

History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power—Live-stream Viewing

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy (Monumental) and former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (In the Shadow of Statues) discuss their experiences working as elected representatives and examining the history behind and presented by public monuments in their cities.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Celebration of Challenge Into Change, featuring LaTanya McQueen

Wed. March 20, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Listen to and honor the Women’s Initiative’s “Challenge Into Change” essay contest participants while celebrating the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment. LaTanya McQueen (And It Begins Like This) 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: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Family / Aging, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice

6:30 PM

Tech Wars: How Social Media Undermines Democracy

Wed. March 20, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location:

UVa Garrett Hall

235 McCormick Road, Charlottesville, Va.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Cyberwar) and Siva Vaidhyanathan (Antisocial Media) discuss ways in which social media challenges contemporary democracy by undermining responsible journalism and supporting innumerable tools for false messages and interference in U.S. elections, among other tactics.

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Tags: Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

8:00 PM

An Evening with Festival All-Stars: Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley

Wed. March 20, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Lee Smith (Dimestore), Adriana Trigiani (Tony’s Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot) take the stage to share memories and swap stories, reflect on the evolution of all things literary in the past quarter-century, and discuss their own work, past, present, and future.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Headliners, History, Humor, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian