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October 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Closed for Columbus Day

Behind the Scenes at the Library: Archives & Special Collections Tours
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
Place: Meet at Front Desk in the Lobby,  Free but registration required. http://tinyurl.com/ArchMonth

In honor of Archives Month, go behind the scenes of the Library of Virginia. Tour the second floor with a special stop in the Map Room, followed by a show-and-tell of intriguing items from our Archives and Special Collections. Tour repeats at 2:00 PM.

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

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. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor for this talk.

Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall,  $8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

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 tickets, visit http://reservations.vmfa.museum/state/Policies.aspx

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Closed to prepare for the annual Literary Awards Celebration

Literary Luncheon
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: Noon–2:00 PM
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center,  $65; $55 for members of the Semper Virginia Society

The Library of Virginia's 2016 Literary Luncheon features a question-and-answer session with this year's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Nikki Giovanni, as well as medal presentations for all Literary Award finalists and a keynote presentation. Giovanni and some finalists will be available for book signings after the luncheon. For more information or for tickets, call 804.692.3900.

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM–10:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia Lobby,  $175

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will feature Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nikki Giovanni. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar. For more information or for tickets, call 804.692.3900.

Three Elections that Remade Virginia
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference rooms,  Free

During the 1970s and 1980s Virginia experienced tremendous political upheaval as three close elections—two for governor and one for U.S. senator—helped transform the commonwealth from a one-party state dominated by a conservative Democratic Party into a political battleground. This talk by Trenton Hizer, senior manuscripts cataloger and digital archivist, is presented in celebration of Archives Month.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Join us as Margot Lee Shetterly discusses Hidden Figures, which tells the story of the pioneering African American women at NASA who did the calculations that made space flight a reality at a time when Jim Crow laws ensured that NASA was segregated. Called human computers, these brilliant mathematicians completed incredibly challenging calculations by hand. Shetterly, who grew up in Hampton, Virginia, is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and received a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for research into the history of women in computing. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

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First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016—Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby,  Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.