10:00 AM

11:45 AM

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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Tags: Fiction, Headliners

12:00 PM

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

2:00 PM

The Civil War, Experienced

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

Historians Will Kurtz (Excommunicated from the Union), James Robertson (A Rebel War Clerk’s Diary), and Brent Tarter (Daydreams and Nightmares) discuss their Civil War histories, which closely examine religion, the daily life of a Richmond-based clerk, and the impact of secession on families.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History

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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Tags: Fiction

Reading from Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Adrian Blevins, editor, and Mary Crockett Hill, David Huddle, and Jeff Mann, contributors to Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, a collection of essays by new and emerging Appalachian writers, will read from their work and talk about speaking back against forbidden subjects in Southern literary culture.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Gender, 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

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

3:00 PM

4:00 PM

Battlefield America: The War on the American People

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

Location:

Central JMRL Library - McIntire Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Author and constitutional attorney John Whitehead will discuss his most recent book, including how our current state of affairs—with militarized police, NSA surveillance, SWAT team raids, drones, private prisons, asset forfeiture schemes, over-criminalization and more—evolved.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War

Eat Your Greens!

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

Location:

The Charlottesville Cooking School

2041 Barracks Road (in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center), Charlottesville, VA 22903

Edward Davis (Collards: A Southern Tradition from Seed to Table) and Ira Wallace (The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast) will share stories behind their books and give a hands-on cooking demonstration with collards.

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Tags: Food / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction, Workshop

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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Tags: Fiction

Literacy in America: Crisis and Hope

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

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

In this illustrated lecture, Michael Suarez will discuss the criminal levels of low-literacy in the United States and their social and economic cost. A member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Board, Suarez will consider what is being done and what can be done to address this crisis in American life.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

5:30 PM

WWII and the Strength of Individuals

Thu. March 17, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Location:

The Lodge at Old Trail

330 Claremont Lane, Crozet, VA 22932

Authors Robert H. Gillette (Escape to Virginia:From Nazi Germany to Thalhimer’s Farm), Brian Murphy (81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska’s Frozen Wilderness),and Therese van Houten (Papa’s War: From the London Blitz to the Liberation of Holland) discuss incredible stories in these three books.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Nonfiction

6:00 PM

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

Building the Empire State: Political Economy in the Early Republic

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

Location:

Monticello Visitors Center

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Brian Phillips Murphy (Building the Empire State) examines the origins of American capitalism, follows unelected political entrepreneurs, including Alexander Hamilton, and shows why corporations were introduced into the early republic. The converging business strategies and political culture were each shaped by the other.

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Tags: Business, History

6:30 PM

VoiceBook: In the Loop

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

Location:

Carver Recreation Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902

In this collaborative ‘audiobook’ adventure, an imaginary cell phone glitch mixes voices of the past with students’ own voices (spoken word, sung word, or rapped word) — backed by musical beats and loops created by presenters Mecca Burns and Bernard Hankins. Sarah Blech will moderate.

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Tags: Arts

7:00 PM

Literary Landscapes: Nature Stories from Real and Imagined Ramblers

Thu. March 17, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Crozet Library

2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Leap across continents with authors Kathryn Aalto (The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood) and Bland Simpson and Ann Cary Simpson (author and photographer of Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams) as they share stories and photographs from their own travels through well-known landscapes, the picturesque Carolina coast, and A.A. Milne’s enchanted “Hundred Acre Wood.”

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Tags: Environment / Science, Food / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance

Thu. March 17, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

University Baptist Church

1223 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va., 22903

Authors Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson will discuss their new book, The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perserverance. A panel of local community activists will also respond to the book and its relevance to local issues. Book sales and signing will follow the discussion, and refreshments will be served.

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Tags: Spirituality / Religion

8:00 PM

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