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Virginia Festival of the Book: March 22-26, 2017

7:30 AM

12:00 PM

2:00 PM

The Pacific Ecosystem: Exploring Man, Flora, and Fauna

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


UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Frederick Damon (Trees, Knots, and Outriggers: Environmental Knowledge in the Northeast Kula Ring), and Stan Ulanski (The California Current: A Pacific Ecosystem and Its Fliers, Divers, and Swimmers) will present on their work in regards to the Pacific environment.

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Tags: Environment / Science

Fiction: In the Wake of History

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


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

4:00 PM

6:00 PM

Challenge Into Change

Wed. March 22, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Listen to, and honor, The Women’s Initiative’s Challenge into Change essay contest participants as we celebrate the power of storytelling as a way towards healing and empowerment.  Seema Reza (When the World Breaks Open) will read from her work. Contest participants will be recognized, and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. A book signing and reception follows.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Publishing / Books / Writing

6:30 PM

Building and Loving Where You Live

Wed. March 22, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Crozet JMRL Library

2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Anthony Flaccavento (Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change), and Melody Warnick (This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live) will discuss their works on developing one’s home and community.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Business, Nonfiction

7:00 PM