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Future Book Talks

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest—A True Story of the Jim Crow South
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Truevine is the true story of George and Willie Muse, African American brothers who were kidnapped from a Virginia tobacco field in 1899 and displayed as circus freaks, and their mother, who embarked on a decades-long struggle to get them back and to get justice for her family. As circus attractions, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined more than a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, author Beth Macy has created a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications for race relations today.

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Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center Parlor

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have created the Mary Lynn Kotz Award. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program. For more information, call 804.692.3900.

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Civil War Echoes: Voices From Virginia, 1860–1891
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr., one of the nation's most renowned Civil War historians and Alumni Distinguished Professor in History emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak about the selections he chose to include in Civil War Echoes and why the Civil War 150 Legacy Project collection is so important. Published as the final project of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Civil War Echoes captures the thoughts and feelings of men and women who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War using excerpts from letters, diaries, and other documents brought to life through the Commission-sponsored Civil War 150 Legacy Project . Copies of Civil War Echoes will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop at the Library, or by phone at 804-692-3524 or online at www.thevirginiashop.org for $19.95.

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Civil War Echoes: Voices From Virginia, 1860–1891
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr., one of the nation's most renowned Civil War historians and Alumni Distinguished Professor in History emeritus at Virginia Tech, will speak about the selections he chose to include in Civil War Echoes and why the Civil War 150 Legacy Project collection is so important. Published as the final project of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Civil War Echoes captures the thoughts and feelings of men and women who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War using excerpts from letters, diaries, and other documents brought to life through the Commission-sponsored Civil War 150 Legacy Project . A reception will follow the book talk. Copies of Civil War Echoes will be available for purchase in the Virginia Shop at the Library, or by phone at 804-692-3524 or online at www.thevirginiashop.org for $19.95.

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The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History and the Slave Trade
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Charles Dew, one of America's most respected historians of the South and slavery, will reflect on his powerful autobiography of life in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. He rejected his racist upbringing and became a scholar. His intent with The Making of a Racist is to answer the question put to him by Illinois Browning Culver, the African American woman who devoted decades to serving his family: "Charles, why do the grownups put so much hate in the children?"

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Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Lee Smith, the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Lifetime Achievement recipient, talks about Dimestore, her intimate memoir detailing the South she knew as she grew up, a place that in many ways has vanished. Smith‘s home was in Grundy, a small coal town in Appalachia, where her father ran the local dime store. Although her parents raised her for life beyond the confines of Grundy, Smith's love of the people, the culture, and the stories of her birthplace remain. The 15 essays in Dimestore are in some ways an ode to the people and life of a small town, but it is an ode peppered with realities of her family's struggle with mental illness and with an honesty and poignancy for the place that made her.

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On the Back Roads Again: More People, Places and Pie Around Virginia
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Richmond Times-Dispatch senior photographer Bob Brown and columnist Bill Lohmann are back with more award-winning photographs and good-humored commentary about memorable characters, charming places, and the search for their next piece of pie in this follow-up to their successful book Back Roads: People, Places and Pie Around Virginia. A book signing follows their talk.

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