9:00 AM

Annual Book Fair

Sat. March 19, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

9:30 AM

10:00 AM

A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Kelly Carlin will discuss her book (A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George) sharing her experience of having a comic genius as a father. Arguably the most influential stand-up comedian of all time, George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can’t Say On Television” was the focus of a landmark Supreme Court decision on the First Amendment.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Nonfiction

Publishing Day: Keys to Success in Book Promotion

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Successful authors go where their readers are. As publishers allot fewer resources for publicity, today’s writers must exploit every opportunity to get their books seen by readers. The authors represent different genres and will discuss their experiences.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Crime Wave Brunch with Alan Furst – SOLD OUT

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B/C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join hundreds of other Crime Wave readers for Saturday morning brunch with Alan Furst, author of Midnight in Europe and twelve other internationally bestselling novels. Book sales and signing follow the brunch.

NOTE: This program is sold out. You can sign up for the wait list through the BUY TICKET button on the program page.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Headliners

Publishing Day: Valuable Writing Resources

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Monroe Room (100)

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Tracy Crow (On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story), Stephanie Draven (Plot Your Book in a Month with Scrivener), and Leslie Truex (Digital Writer Success) discuss their writing and experience, along with specific writing and publishing resources.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tracy Crow has had to cancel her participation.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

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

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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Tags: Fiction

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

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

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

Crime Wave: Don’t Miss Thrillers

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A (211)

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Matthew Iden (The Wicked Flee), Jamie Mason (Monday’s Lie), Chris Pavone (The Travelers), and Eric Rickstad (Lie in Wait) discuss their novels.

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Poetry and Lullabies: A Folk Music Performance

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

Location:

Crozet Artisan Depot

5791 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet, Va. 22932

Emily Gary and Tom Proutt (Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons) present an interactive musical program for children with selections from both books in their Goodnight Songs Series. The series pairs musical compositions with previously unpublished work by Margaret Wise Brown.

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Tags: StoryFest / Youth

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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Tags: Fiction

It’s Raining Men

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

Location:

Barnes & Noble

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

Authors Grace Burrowes (Tremaine’s True Love), Cristin Harber (Black Dawn), and Marliss Melton (Hard Landing) will discuss the men in their novels.

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Tags: Romance

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

1:00 PM

Finding God in All the Wrong People

Sat. March 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:

UVa Newcomb Hall - Theatre

UVa Central Grounds, 180 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, a former stand-up comic and founder of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colo., will discuss her recently published Accidental Saints, in which she describes how she has experienced God continually showing up in the least likely of people.

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Tags: Spirituality / Religion

2:00 PM

Dark Tales of Contagions: Including Convoluted Science, Strange Politics, and Checkered Histories

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

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Karen Masterson (The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government’s Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure) and Sonia Shah (Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond) discuss the origins of infectious diseases, how they have been battled, and predictions about what’s to come.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Health / Mind / Body

Guys Read: How Jon Scieszka Celebrates Books for Boys

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston (125)

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

When he’s not writing the next book in the Frank Einstein series, author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales) spends his time supporting Guys Read, his web-based literacy program for boys. Hear how Scieszka promotes reading with the same energy given to his writing, actively seeking to bring boys back to books and make reading fun again.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

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

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

Crime Wave: Writing and Reading Strong Women

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rebecca Drake (Only Ever You), Mary Louise Kelly (Bullet), Lisa Lutz (The Passenger), and Sarah Weinman (Women Crime Writers: Eight Suspense Novels of the 1940s & 50s) discuss their crime novels and compilation.

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Tags: Crime Wave

Crime Wave: A Fine Crime for All

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

E.A. Aymar (You’re As Good As Dead), Ellen Crosby (Ghost Image), Mark Pryor (Hollow Man), and Neely Tucker (Murder, D.C.) discuss their novels in which the protagonist reports, investigates, or commits the crime. You figure out which is which!

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Tags: Crime Wave

4:00 PM

StoryFest: Picture This!

Sat. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phil Bildner (Marvelous Cornelius), Marc Boston (The Girl Who Carried Too Much Stuff), and Sue Fliess (Calling All Cars) will share their picture books for young children and discuss the themes explored in their work.

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Tags: StoryFest / Youth

Crime Wave: Murder from Another Time

Sat. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Charles Belfoure (House of Thieves), Bonnie MacBird (Art in the Blood), Deanna Raybourn (A Curious Beginning), and Charles Todd (No Shred of Evidence) discuss their crime novels.

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Rightful Heritage: FDR and the Environment

Sat. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Acclaimed, award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley (Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America) examines the environmental legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, chronicling his essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and premier protector of America’s public lands.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Headliners, History

Crime Wave: We Weren’t Expecting Murder!

Sat. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston (125)

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Due to unexpected circumstances, Susan Boyer has had to cancel her participation.

Susan Boyer (Lowcountry Bordello), Mollie Cox Bryan (Scrapbook of the Dead), Carlene O’Connor (Murder in an Irish Village), and Colleen Shogan (Stabbing in the Senate) discuss their novels.

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Tags: Crime Wave

8:00 PM

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