Tags: Nonfiction

Wednesday: Mar 20

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday: Mar 21

Generals Behaving Badly: Benedict Arnold, Robert E. Lee, and Anthony Wayne

Thu. March 21, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Joyce Malcolm (The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life), John Reeves (The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee: The Forgotten Case Against an American Icon) and Mary Stockwell (Unlikely General: “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America) discuss three of the most controversial military leaders from the first American century.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction

Southern Discomfort: Journalists Explore Guns and Drugs

Thu. March 21, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors and journalists Thomas Kapsidelis (After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings) and Pam Kelley (Money Rock: A Family’s Story of Cocaine, Race, and Ambition in the New South) discuss challenges and resilience in confrontations with violence and social disintegration in the contemporary American South.

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Tags: African-American, Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

Land Use & Foodsheds in the Mid-Atlantic

Thu. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Pam Dawling (The Year-Round Hoophouse) and co-authors Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau (Bread & Beauty) discuss their personal approaches to preserving, cultivating, and enjoying land responsibly in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Exploring Our World and Beyond with National Geographic

Thu. March 21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Catherine Herbert Howell (The Splendor of Birds), Mark Thiessen (Spectacle), and James Trefil (Space Atlas) discuss the power of photography, art, graphics, and maps to illuminate the wonders of our world and beyond, as told through the pioneering lens of National Geographic.

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Tags: Arts, Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Global, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

Thu. March 21, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

UVa Clark Hall - Room 108

UVa Central Grounds, 291 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author and journalist Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will read from his latest work and discuss the history of, and contemporary stories from, the two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction. This program, an Environmental Sciences graduate seminar, is open to the public.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Southern Blues and Folklife Rekindled: Voices of Mississippi

Thu. March 21, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Scott Barretta, William Ferris, and Tom Rankin discuss their collaborative effort in creating Voices of Mississippi, the life’s work of Ferris, an audio recordist, filmmaker, folklorist, and teacher with an unwavering commitment to establish and to expand the study of the American South.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Folklife, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

All of Our Rights: America’s Legacy of Inequality

Thu. March 21, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote), Michael Eric Dyson (What Truth Sounds Like), and Martha S. Jones (Birthright Citizens) discuss their award-winning works focused on American rights, racism, and resistance.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Friday: Mar 22

Literary Lives: Pat Conroy, Lorraine Hansberry, and John Williams

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Michael Mewshaw (The Lost Prince), Imani Perry (Looking for Lorraine), and Charles J. Shields (The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel) examine the lives of mid-twentieth century literary stars Pat Conroy, Lorraine Hansberry, and John Williams.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Environmental Elegies: Sharing the World with Plants & Animals

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Clinton Crockett Peters (Pandora’s Garden) and Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles) discuss the flora and fauna with which humans share the world, and how they influence and interact with our lives in integral and unexpected ways.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Global, Nonfiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Family Love and Myth in Transracial Adoptions

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Memoirists Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know) and Susan Harness (Bitterroot) discuss growing up as transracial adoptees, yearning to belong, and struggling to find their birth families. They encounter both heartbreak and joy in these captivating explorations of family myth and culture.

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Tags: American Indian, Asian-American, Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction

Rebels With a Cause

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Hal Crowther (Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners) and Charles Marsh (Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice) discuss their collections of biographical essays on unexpected and underappreciated leaders in struggles for justice and equality.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Civil War: Places, Politics, and Armies

Fri. March 22, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians  J. Matthew Gallman (coeditor of Civil War Places), Stephen E. Maizlish (A Strife of Tongues), and Elizabeth R. Varon (Armies of Deliverance) discuss their newest work, explorations of the American Civil War, slavery, and pre-war politics.

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

Political (Dis)harmony: Music & Social Movements

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time), Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus), and Imani Perry (May We Forever Stand) discuss the roles played by music and musicians in organizing social movements, past and present.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Folklife, Global, History, Music, Nonfiction, Social Justice

New Writing on Climate Change: A Dialogue on Responsibility

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Mike Gunter Jr. (Tales of an Ecotourist), Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles), and Rick Van Noy (Sudden Spring) discuss the people and wildlife that they’ve encountered in their work, as well as the threats that climate change poses for them and the impacts that it has already had, from Downeast Maine to the Gulf Coast of the American South, and across the globe.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Global, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Organizing for the Common Good: Labor Unions & Strikes in America

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jessica Salfia (55 Strong) and Lynn Waltz (Hog Wild) discuss their personal experiences with and research into contemporary labor unions and strikes in America, from the West Virginia teachers’ strike to the world’s largest meatpacking union.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Business, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

The Socio-Economic Politics of Food & Family

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Co-authors Sarah Bowen, Joslyn Brenton, and Sinikka Elliott discuss their collaborative work researching and writing Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and What We Can Do About It, based on extensive interviews and fieldwork in the homes and kitchens of a diverse group of American families.

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Tags: Family / Aging, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass) discuss, through their acclaimed biographies, the extraordinary lives of the famous African-American activist-leaders Arthur Ashe and Frederick Douglass.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, History, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice, Southern / Appalachian

Coastal Explorations: Shipwrecks, Pirates, and Screwpiles

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Linda Carnes-McNaughton (co-author of Blackbeard’s Sunken Prize) and Lawrence Saint and Karla Smith (co-authors of Screwpiles) share histories, contemporary stories, and images from their research and extensive exploration of above- and below-water coastlines of the Carolinas and Virginia.

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Tags: History, Nonfiction

Women and War: Untold Stories

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Heath Lee (The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home) and Eileen Rivers (Beyond the Call: Three Women 0n the Front Lines in Afghanistan) discuss the impact of America’s foreign wars on two generations of women, first the Vietnam era P.O.W. wives who confronted an uncaring U.S. government to women of our era themselves fighting in a distant land.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction

Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 22, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Location:

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), John Lingan (Homeplace), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus) will deejay.

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Tags: African-American, Arts, Asian-American, Book Club Picks, Fiction, Food / Beer / Wine / Travel, Headliners, History, Humor, Language / Culture / Folklife, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Southern / Appalachian

Saturday: Mar 23

Complicated Lives in the Civil Rights Era

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Historians Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life), Frye Gaillard (A Hard Rain), and Preston Lauterbach (Bluff City), through biography, personal history, and a little-known story, examine multiple views of lives and stories of a critical time in American history.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, History, Nonfiction

Hate / Speech: Confronting Discrimination with Free Expression

Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Editor Arjun Sethi (American Hate: Survivors Speak Out) and author Nadine Strossen (Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship) discuss discrimination, hate, and free speech in America, identifying ways to counteract vitriol and work toward reconciliation.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Asian-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, Law / Supreme Court, LGBTQ, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Segregation to Civil Rights: America’s Journey

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Richard Gergel (Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring) and Steve Luxenberg (Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation) discuss the historical backgrounds for groundbreaking court rulings that both denied and ignited civil rights for African-Americans in the United States. UVA Law School Dean Risa Goluboff moderates.

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Tags: African-American, Law / Supreme Court, Nonfiction, Social Justice

Extraordinary Lives in Group Portraits

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Deborah Baker (The Last Englishmen), Catherine Kerrison (Jefferson’s Daughters) and Caroline Weber (Proust’s Duchess) discuss their respective subjects, all fascinating in their own right and important within the context of their times, and why their lives continue to interest us today.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, History, Nonfiction

Terrorists: Psychology, Ideology and Circumstance

Sat. March 23, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Prudence Bushnell (Terrorism, Betrayal, and Resilience: My Story of the 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings) and Farhana Qazi (Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Female Islamic Radicals) probe the catalysts, thoughts and situations motivating terrorists in the Middle East and Africa, and failures of the U.S. national security community to understand these.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction

An Afternoon with the National Book Awards: Leslie Connor, Rebecca Makkai, Diana Khoi Nguyen, and Sarah Smarsh

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join the National Book Foundation at Virginia Festival of the Book for readings from this year’s National Book Award finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and youth, including Leslie Connor (The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle), Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers), Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of), and …

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction, Headliners, Nonfiction, Poetry, StoryFest / Youth

Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

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

Location:

Greene County JMRL Library

222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Author and journalist Earl Swift (Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island) will read from his latest work and discuss the history of, and contemporary stories from, the two-hundred-year-old crabbing community in the middle of Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Anti-Semitism and a Defense Against Hatred in America

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jonathan Weisman, journalist and author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump, will discuss his book and Judaism, hate, the rise of white nationalism, and how we can fight anti-Semitism in America.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Global, History, Nonfiction, Social Justice, Spirituality / Religion

Future Tense: Writers You’ll be Reading for the Next 25 Years

Sat. March 23, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math), José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) share and discuss their deeply personal works of nonfiction and poetry, each representing an eye-opening look into larger social and political issues in America.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Family / Aging, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Latinx, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing, Social Justice

Sunday: Mar 24

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 24, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its sixteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry