Future Book Talks

EXHIBITION-RELATED BOOK TALK WITH ROSEMARY THORNTON<br>Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City EXHIBITION-RELATED BOOK TALK WITH ROSEMARY THORNTON
Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join author Rosemary Thornton as she discusses her new book, Penniman: Virginia's Own Ghost City. If you've never heard of Penniman, you're not alone. It's a lost chapter of Virginia history. Located on the York River between Williamsburg and Yorktown, Penniman was the site of a DuPont munitions plant that produced artillery shells for World War I in 1918. At its peak, it had 15,000 inhabitants, many of whom lived in newly built Sears Modern Homes, catalog and kit houses sold primarily through mail order by Sears, Roebuck, and Company. The predominantly female workforce loaded TNT into 2.8 million shells. When the war ended, so did the town.

Within the pages of this fascinating story, you'll learn about:
• German espionage at Penniman
• Why the Great Atlantic Fleet remained anchored in the York River–at the town's front door
• Why 90 percent of plant's shell-loaders were female
• What happened to Penniman's houses

A book signing follows the talk. This event complements the Library's exhibition True Sons of Freedom. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is media sponsor for our book talks. Additional funding provided by the Carole Weinstein Endowment for Virginia Authors and the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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BOOK LAUNCH WITH BETH MACY<br>Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America BOOK LAUNCH WITH BETH MACY
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Join us for the first Carole Weinstein Author Series event, the Richmond launch of the eagerly awaited new book from Beth Macy, award-winning author of Factory Man and Truevine. Dopesick is an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines of the devastating opioid crisis in America. Macy will discuss her book and then hold a question and answer session with Dr. Omar Abubaker, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After losing his 21-year-old son to heroin addiction, Dr. Abubaker now spends time speaking to the public about his family's experience and the need to change how doctors prescribe opioids. Reception 5:30–6:00 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signings at 7:00 PM. This event is made possible with federal funding for staff support by the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Media sponsor: Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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