Tags: African-American

Wednesday: Mar 16

The Death of Cliff Huxtable

Wed. March 16, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Author Terésa Dowell-Vest (The Death of Cliff Huxtable, 1937-2015…So We Can Survive Bill Cosby) will discuss her fan-fiction novel imagining how the Huxtables would cope with the death of their patriarch, and in so doing, helps fans separate the beloved TV Dad from the actor who played him.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction

Challenge into Change: Storytelling as Healing

Wed. March 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

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 way towards healing and empowerment. Laurie Jean Cannady (Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul) will share stories from her memoir. 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: African-American, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Publishing / Books / Writing

Thursday: Mar 17

Digging Deeply into Slave Trade: Pirates, Final Passages, and Free Trade (of the Unfree)

Thu. March 17, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author Gregory O’Malley (Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807) shares the stories behind his research, including building a database of more than 7,600 intra-American slave-trading voyages from port records, newspapers, and merchant accounts.

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Tags: African-American, History, Nonfiction

Beyond Background Characters: Life in Hyphen-American

Thu. March 17, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sara Farizan (Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel), Lamar Giles (Endangered), Meg Medina (Burn Baby Burn), and Wendy Shang (The Way Home Looks Now) share stories featuring American immigrant lives and cultural identities. Moderated by Bert Ashe (Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles).

NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Gender, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, StoryFest / Youth

Friday: Mar 18

Latino and Black Communities: Competition, Love, and Marriage

Fri. March 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

W. Bradford Wilcox, (co-author of Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos)  and Betina Wilkinson (Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century) discuss love, relationships, and marriage.

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Tags: African-American, Language / Culture / Folklife, Spirituality / Religion

A Celebration of Pulitzer Prize Poets: Rita Dove, Gregory Pardlo, and Vijay Seshadri

Fri. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Festival of the Book continues its strong commitment to poetry featuring readings by Pulitzer prize-winning poets. Rita Dove (Sonata Mulattica), Greg Pardlo (Digest), and Vijay Seshadri (3 Sections: Poems) read and discuss their work.

NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: African-American, Headliners, Poetry

Saturday: Mar 19

Divided Towns, Communities, Families: Civil Rights in our Schools

Sat. March 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Jim Auchmutey (The Class of ’65: A Student, A Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness) and Kristen Green (Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County) share the important stories about historic segregation in our schools, and the past and current reactions from students, families, and communities.

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Tags: African-American, History, Law / Supreme Court

Baseball: the Cuban League and an Endless Season with the Nationals

Sat. March 19, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors César Brioso (Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson and the Cuban League) and Barry Svrluga (The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season) share their excellent insider-view stories of Cuban baseball and a full season with the Washington Nationals.

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Tags: African-American, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

Breaking Ground: Reflections on Race and Medicine

Sat. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors and doctors Louis Sullivan (Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine) and Damon Tweedy (Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine) share their life stories and experiences of race in the field of medicine.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson – SOLD OUT

Sat. March 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

NOTE: This program is sold out. If tickets become available, they will go on sale at The Paramount box office 10 minutes before the program begins.

Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption) will speak about his experiences as a social justice lawyer and how these continue to influence his life-long work to support criminal justice system reform as well as anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Law / Supreme Court

Sunday: Mar 20

Celebration Brunch: A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition

Sun. March 20, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its thirteenth 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 are $60 and available in advance only. To purchase tickets, contact: cvillelinks@gmail.com or a member of the Charlottesville Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry