Suggested Festival programs for Book Club Stars

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

Wed. March 20, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Paramount Theater
Tickets are available here.

This session will pay homage to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Festival by featuring three of the most popular authors in our history. Join Lee Smith (Dimestore: A Writer’s Life), Adriana Trigiani (Tony’s Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race) as they discuss the evolution of literary styles and reflect on their own work and experience in the industry in different genres of literature.

Understanding Love: LGBTQI Fiction

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Barnes & Noble

Silas House (Southernmost), Tammy Lynne Stoner (Sugar Land), and Michele Young-Stone (Lost in the Beehive) discuss their novels, each a bittersweet journey of the heart full of characters seeking redemption through love.

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 22, 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Common House

Enjoy a “late night” session with drinks, mingling, and music. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), John Lingan (Homeplace), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) will give short readings of their new books. Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus) will deejay. Come ready to socialize in a relaxed atmosphere with fellow bibliophiles.

Short Stories, Long on Meaning

Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
New Dominion Bookshop

Acclaimed short story writers Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), Karen Bender (The New Order), and Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants) discuss their poignant short stories spanning a multitude of styles from dark dystopian to lyrical to meditative.

Belgian Fiction: Good & Evil in Translation

Sun. March 24, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
New Dominion Bookshop

Expand your horizons with this exploration of the international literary world as Belgian authors Kristien Hemmerechts (The Woman Who Fed the Dogs) and Annelies Verbeke (Thirty Days) discuss their latest novels.

A World Built on Bondage: Racism and Human Diversity in Award-Winning Fiction

Sun. March 24, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

Readers, history buffs, and social justice advocates will enjoy this program focused on the meanings of race, violence, and freedom. Join award-winning authors Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) and John Edgar Wideman (American Histories) as they reflect on social injustices and the roots of racism. The discussion will close out the Festival, leaving attendees both inspired and reflective.