Tags: Fiction

Tuesday: Mar 15

Wednesday: Mar 16

Fiction: Life After Death―Hello from the Other Side

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Sharon Guskin (The Forgetting Time), Andy Kutler (The Other Side of Life), and Jacquelyn Mitchard (Two if by Sea) have written riveting books exploring the themes of afterlife, reincarnation, grief, and memory all within different historical contexts.

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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

YWW35! – Celebrating 35 Years of the Young Writers Workshop

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The nation’s flagship program for young creative writers is turning 35! Our alumni have published widely across genres, been recipients of the National Book Award and the Whiting Award, and much more. Join us for an alumni reading to celebrate 35 years of empowering talented young writers.

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Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing

Thursday: Mar 17

Festival Luncheon – SOLD OUT

Thu. March 17, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Due to illness, Sara Gruen has had to cancel her participation.

Bestselling author, friend, and neighbor, John Grisham, will speak as the new Festival Luncheon headliner.

NOTE: This program is sold out.

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Fiction: Navigating Intolerant Worlds and Unimaginable Loss

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Sarah Bannan (Weightless), John Benditt (The Boatmaker), and Bill Clegg (Did You Ever Have a Family) discuss their emotionally charged stories of self discovery, following their protagonists’ journeys through the unexpected courses of their lives.
Please Note: Book sales will be available before and after this program. Bill Clegg will be available to sign books before the program only.

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Short Stories

Thu. March 17, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Kelly Cherry (Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories), Patrick Dacey (We’ve Already Gone This Far), and Lincoln Michel (Upright Beasts) discuss their short story collections, set respectively in the American South, New England, and an absurd “Anywhere, USA.”

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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

Fun Fiction: Satire, Absurdity, and God

Fri. March 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Matt Burriesci (Nonprofit: A Novel), Christina Nichol (Waiting for the Electricity), and Tony Vanderwarker (Ads for God) discuss their novels.

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Fiction: Pitch-Perfect and Puzzling

Fri. March 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Nina de Gramont (The Last September), Ed Tarkington (Only Love Can Break Your Heart), and Pam Webber (The Wiregrass) discuss their novels involving questions of love and loyalty, suspense and murder, family and broken hearts.

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Fiction: Aftermath of War

Fri. March 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Quan Barry (She Weeps Each Time You’re Born), Peter Golden (Wherever There is Light), and Michelle Hoover (Bottomland) share their stories of war and aftermath.

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UVa MFA Alumni Program

Fri. March 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Alumni from the University of Virginia MFA creative writing program, Jasmine Bailey (Alexandria), Valerie Brelinski (The Girl Who Slept with God), Cecilia Llompart (The Wingless), and Chun Ye (Lantern Puzzle), read from their newest work.

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Tags: Fiction, Poetry

Boldface Names in Historic Fiction

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, coauthors of America’s First Daughter, Victoria Kelly, author of Mrs. Houdini, and Sarah McCoy, author of The Mapmaker’s Children, discuss their stories which include characters familiar to us.

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Saturday: Mar 19

StoryFest & Pub Day: Teen Writers

Sat. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This program will provide writing and publishing insight for teen writers from young adult fiction authors Robert Beatty (Serafina and the Black Cloak), Jen Swann Downey (The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand), and V.E. Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows).

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Tags: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

Fiction: What Just Happened?

Sat. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Vanessa Blakeslee (Juventud), Jan Ellison (A Small Indiscretion), and Lynn Steger Strong (Hold Still) discuss moments that change everything in these incredibly powerful debut novels.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Jan Ellison has had to cancel her participation.

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Haunted Souls and Public Hangings: Fiction

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Matthew Neill Null (Honey from the Lion), and Glenn Taylor (Hanging at Cinder Bottom) present historical fiction with Appalachian settings and old/new issues of mining and logging, wrapped in incredible storytelling and language.

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Love Between the Covers

Sat. March 19, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Violet Crown Cinema

200 W Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Love Between the Covers is a feature-length documentary film about the little-known, surprisingly powerful community of women who read and write romance novels. The screening will be followed by a discussion and book signing with with Eloisa James (My American Duchess) and by Maya Rodale (Dangerous Books for Girls).

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Tags: Fiction, Romance

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

A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Sun. March 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses Vietnam, war, and literature, including his novel, The Sympathizer, and his nonfiction exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, and Vietnam.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Fiction, History, Language / Culture / Folklife

All in the Family: Fiction by Chevalier, Flournoy, and Scotton

Sun. March 20, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tracy Chevalier (At the Edge of the Orchard), Angela Flournoy (The Turner House), and Christopher Scotton (The Secret Wisdom of the Earth) discuss their distinctively American novels.

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: Fiction, Headliners