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October 2010

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse
Monday, October 04, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt, will discuss and sign Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse. Swanson masterfully weaves together the stories of two fallen leaders as they made their last expeditions through a wounded nation and bloody landscape.


Mining for Meaning

Mining for Meaning
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

In celebration of Archives Month, Elizabeth Brown Pryor, author of Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters, (winner of the 2008 Lincoln Prize) and Clara Barton, Professional Angel, will speak about her research adventures, past and present, in archives and collections libraries. A book signing will follow the talk.


Closed
Monday, October 11, 2010

Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day
(Library will be open Saturday, October 9 for the James River Writers Conference)


Soul of a People

Soul of a People
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Join us for a talk and book signing for David Taylor’s Soul of a People. His book explores the lives and experiences of a handful of people who were on the Federal Writer's Project in the 1930s and offers a glimpse of America at a turning point. Drawing on new discoveries from personal collections, archives, and recent biographies, a new picture has emerged in the last decade of how the participants' individual dramas intersected with the larger picture of their subjects. This book illuminates what it felt like to live that experience, how going from joblessness to reporting on their own communities affected artists with varied visions, as well as what feelings such a passage involved: shame, humiliation, anger, excitement, nostalgia, and adventure. Also revealed is how the WPA writers anticipated, and perhaps paved the way for, the political movements of the following decades, including the civil rights movement, the women's rights movement, and the Native American rights movement. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


MLK Revealed

MLK Revealed
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

A discussion on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the largest manhunt in American history, and Nick Kotz, author of Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Laws that Changed America chronicling the roles of President Johnson and Dr. King in the passage of the 1964, 1965, and 1968 civil rights laws. The discussion will be moderated by Edward L Ayers, president of the University of Richmond. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


Writers Workshop: Nonfiction
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 8:30 AM–Noon, Fee. Reservations required. Please call 804-692-3900 or click here to purchase tickets.

A half-day of insightful guidance and hands-on instruction for writers of articles, essays, and nonfiction books featuring authors James Campbell, Dean King, Charles Slack, Jason Tesauro, and Logan Ward, with special guest Hampton Sides. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


Book Launch and Signing:  Secretariat's Meadow

Book Launch and Signing: Secretariat's Meadow
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Join us for a talk and signing by co-authors Kate Chenery Tweedy and Leanne Meadows Ladin as they give us the complete story of Secretariat’s birthplace and the Chenery family who raised and raced him. Secretariat’s Meadow: The Land, The Family, The Legend reveals an intimate picture of Meadow Farm from the viewpoint of Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery (Tweedy) and granddaughter of Meadow Stable's founder Christopher T. Chenery. The book tells not only Secretariat’s story, but the story of an enduring piece of land where an empire built on broodmares eventually produced the legendary winner of the Triple Crown. The event is sponsored by Robertson and Martin Financial Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


From the Heart
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Place: Jepson Alumni Center, University of Richmond, 101 College Drive, Fee. Reservations required. Please call 804-692-3900 or click here to purchase tickets.

A live literary discussion and seated luncheon with best-selling authors Adriana Trigiani, Jeannette Walls and Josh Weil.

Three of Virginia’s most beloved and highly acclaimed fiction writers discuss their works. Author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy, Trigani wows audiences with her humor. Walls does it with her poignant stories. Weil, whose dark Appalachian tales have brought him critical kudos, is the new voice on the block.

Journalist Lisa LaFata Powell will moderate the discussion, which promises to be not only lively but heartfelt.


Virginia Arts & Letters Live
Friday, October 15, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, FEE. For more information, contact CACGA at 804-261-ARTS (2787), or James River Writers at 804-433-3790.

Virginia actors read short stories by Virginia writers, accompanied by Virginia musicians.
Pat Carroll is the guest host and this year’s production is directed by Irene Ziegler. This event is co-produced by James River Writers and the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen in association with the READ Center. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


Closed
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Closed all day for Literary Awards event


13th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Lobby, FEE. Reservations required. Please call 804-692-3900 or click here to purchase tickets.

Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani will host this year's fabulous literary event featuring the best writing about Virginia or by Virginia authors. Awards will be given for best works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary lifetime achievement. Other awards include the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the People's Choice Awards, and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature.

Event Photo Gallery


Unite or Die!: How Thirteen States Became a Nation

Unite or Die!: How Thirteen States Became a Nation
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM–3:00 PM
Place: Main Branch, Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street, 804-646-4550

Cardozo Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules, author of Unite or Die!: How Thirteen States Became a Nation will read and discuss her book that delightfully depicts how the constitution was created. This is a perfect program for elementary school children. This event is part of the Virginia Literary Festival.


Sitting In and Speaking Out: Student Movements in the American South, 1960-1970

Sitting In and Speaking Out: Student Movements in the American South, 1960-1970
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Bacot Reception Room, St. Catherine’s School, 6001 Grove Avenue, 804-288-2804

Jeffrey Turner will discuss Sitting In and Speaking Out, his book examining student movements in the South. Examining the activism of both black and white students, he shows that the South responded to national developments but that the response had its own trajectory. Based on primary research at more than 20 public and private institutions in the deep and upper South, including historically black schools, Sitting In and Speaking Out is a wide-ranging and sensitive portrait of southern students navigating a remarkably dynamic era. Turner holds the Abby Castle Kemper Master Teaching Chair in History at St. Catherine’s School. The talk is presented by St. Catherine’s School and the Library of Virginia. Books are available for sale at the event, or in advance at the Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia: www.thevirginiashop.org or call 804-692-3976.


Where the Line Bleeds

Where the Line Bleeds
Friday, October 22, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM

Jesmyn Ward, a finalist in VCU's 2009 First Novelist competition, will read from her novel, Where the Line Bleeds, also a finalist for the 2009 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. The first person in her family to attain a college degree, Ward received her BA and MA from Stanford University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan. After Hurricane Katrina, she taught at the University of Michigan for a year before moving home to DeLisle, Mississippi, and teaching at the University of New Orleans. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 2008–2010, and she is currently the Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi. Questions please contact the Visual Arts Center of Richmond - (804) 353-0094


The Land We Live In, the Land We Left: Virginia's People
Monday, January 11, 2010—Saturday, October 30, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Raising his glass at a July 4th celebration in 1852, a young Irish-American resident of Richmond toasted "the land we live in; not forgetting the land we left." The sentiment reflects the history of more than four centuries of Virginia immigrants, who nurtured the traditions of their homelands even as they participated in the mainstream Virginia economy and culture. Their stories come alive in this exhibition, which explores the lives of immigrants from a wide variety of homelands who settled in every part of the state. Current debates over the treatment of illegal immigrants in the state and the nation make this a timely exhibition.


The Art of Liberty
Friday, May 07, 2010—Saturday, November 06, 2010
Place: Café Extension

This year marks the 65th anniversary of both V-E Day (Victory in Europe, May 8) and V-J Day (Victory over Japan, August 15). To commemorate the occasions and to honor those who fought overseas and on the home front, The Art of Liberty highlights a few of the WWII posters sent to the Library of Virginia as part of the Federal Depository Library program.