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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.
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.More »
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.
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
Authors Katherine Loflin (Place Match: The City Doctor’s Guide to Finding Where You Belong) and Robert McDonald (Conservation for Cities) will talk about the power of place and the importance of integrating nature into communities.More »
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.More »
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.
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.More »
Authors Bernard Beitman (Connecting with Coincidence), Michael Grosso (The Man who Could Fly), and Edward Kelly (Beyond Physicalism) discuss their provocative books exploring phenomena and theories from psychological, religious, and scientific perspectives.More »
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.More »
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.”More »
A lively panel discussion with author Michael Vitez (The Road Back: A Journey of Grace and Grit) and former University of Virginia tri-athlete Matthew Miller, the subject of this inspiring local story, and his wife, Emily Privette, who was his fiancée at the time of the story.More »
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.More »
Tags: Spirituality / Religion
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.More »