Tags: Language / Culture / Folklife

Wednesday: Mar 16

20th Anniversary Celebration: Voices of Adult Learners

Wed. March 16, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Festival of the Book is proud to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Voices of Adult Learners.This program features a sampler of the thousands of stories written by adult community members who have gained literacy, academic skills, GED completion, and/or literacy in English as a second language. 20th anniversary participants will include some readers who have had their writing featured in previous years, as well as local friends and supporters of area adult education and literacy programs.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Language / Culture / Folklife, Publishing / Books / Writing

Thursday: Mar 17

How to Eat in the South

Thu. March 17, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Thomas Head (Greens), Bridgette Lacy (Sunday Dinner), and Nicole Taylor (The Up South Cookbook) will talk about Southern food traditions and recipes from their cookbooks that will tantalize your taste buds.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Thomas Head has had to cancel his participation.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Food / Wine / Travel, Language / Culture / Folklife, Nonfiction, Southern / Appalachian

Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, and Mayberry: New Perspectives

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Daniel  De Visé (Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show) and Gustavo Perez Firmat (A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America’s Hometown) will discuss the making of The Andy Griffith Show, its stars and their friendship, as well as the cultural impact of the show.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Language / Culture / Folklife, Southern / Appalachian

A State of Many Nations: Immigration and the Changing Face of Virginia

Thu. March 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author Tom Gjelten (A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story), Cuban-American author Gustavo Pérez Firmat (A Cuban in Mayberry), and photographer Lloyd Wolf (Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project) present a combination of stories, data, and images related to Virginia’s changing demographic and the faces, cultures, and voices of non-Anglo and non-white immigrants.
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: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court

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

Literature: On Reading and Living Our Best Lives

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Authors Matt Burriesci (Dead White Guys: A Father, His Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World), Mark Edmundson (Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals), and Michael Pearson (Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel) discuss the classics, ideals, and how stories lead us into and through our world.

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Tags: Language / Culture / Folklife, Publishing / Books / Writing

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

Saturday: Mar 19

Finding Shakespeare

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

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Shakespeare devotee Andrea Mays (The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger’s Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare’s First Folio) discusses her book about a passionate literary collector’s quest to find and own Shakespeare’s original works.

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Tags: Arts, Language / Culture / Folklife

Sunday: Mar 20

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