Tags: Fiction

Tuesday: Mar 21

Wednesday: Mar 22

Fiction: In the Wake of History

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Marie Benedict (The Other Einstein), Carrie Brown (The Stargazer’s Sister), and Stephen O’Connor (Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings) share their novels featuring characters with intimate connections to historic figures.

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Tags: Fiction, JMRL/NEA Big Read

Thursday: Mar 23

Irresistible Oddballs: New Voices in Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Julia Claiborne Johnson (Be Frank With Me), Rebecca Kauffman (Another Place You’ve Never Been), and Liz Kay (Monsters: A Love Story) discuss their debut novels and the kooky yet lovable characters who inhabit them.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

Shaping Eyre: A Conversation about (Re)reading Brontë in the 21st Century

Thu. March 23, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location:

The Rotunda

1826 University Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22904

How does classic literature continue to shape modern-day readers, and how do readers themselves help shape popular classics? Author Patricia Park (Re Jane) and rare book curator Barbara Heritage discuss the enduring influence of Charlotte Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel, Jane Eyre.

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Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

Race and Class: A Necessary Dialogue

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Lisa Goff (Shantytown, USA), Brooke Obie (Book of Addis), and Lawrence Ross (Blackballed) discuss race and class in America, offering perspectives from fiction, policy and politics, and history, and encouraging thoughtful dialogue on these topics within our community.

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Tags: African-American, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Education / Teaching, Fiction, History, JMRL/NEA Big Read, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction

Friday: Mar 24

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

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

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

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

Saturday: Mar 25

Book Signings at the Lit Fair, Throughout Saturday

Sat. March 25, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

For the first time at the Virginia Festival of the Book, selected speakers with programs held elsewhere during the Festival will also sign books during the Lit Fair on Saturday, March 25, in half-hour time slots.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Spirituality / Religion, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Backpacking Adventures for Kids

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center

Historic Crozet Train Depot, 5791 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet, Va. 22932

Outdoor enthusiast and author Jeff Alt (The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park) discusses real-life outdoor know-how and the fictional national park adventures that take place in his series of middle-grade novels.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Fiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals, StoryFest / Youth

The Supernatural Self: Fantasy and Intrigue in YA Fiction

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Jennifer Brody (Return of the Continuums), Brenda Drake (Thief of Lies), Shaun David Hutchinson (At the Edge of the Universe), and Eric Smith (Branded) talk about world-building, character development, mythologies, and their creative processes as young adult fiction writers.

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Tags: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, StoryFest / Youth

Modern Love, Contemporary Romance

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Brandi Granett (Triple Love Score), Mary Ann Marlowe (Some Kind of Magic), and Hope Ramsay (A Christmas Bride) discuss the quirky heroines and contemporary settings in their books about modern love.

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Tags: Fiction, Romance

An Inconvenient Love: Historical Romance

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rose Fairbanks (Renewed Hope), Julia London (Sinful Scottish Laird), and S.K. Long (Passion in the Pines) discuss historical novels that explore love, marriage, and second chances.

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Tags: Fiction, Romance

Sunday: Mar 26

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 26, 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its fourteenth 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