October 2011

Library Board Meeting
Monday, October 03, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM

The Library Board's upcoming meeting will be held on October 3, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Library of Virginia.

The Towers: A Novel of 9/11

The Towers: A Novel of 9/11
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Author David Poyer will discuss and sign The Towers, the 13th book in his popular series featuring U.S. Navy officer Dan Lenson. The Towers is an engrossing, fast-paced, and accurate depiction of the events of September 11 and the military response. David Poyer's military career included service in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, Persian Gulf, and Pacific. He lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with his wife and their daughter.

Southern Appalachian Celebration

Southern Appalachian Celebration
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Chris Bolgiano's interpretive text and captions combine with James Valentine's stunning images to present an enduring portrait of the Southern Appalachians' unique character. Bolgiano will speak and sign copies of the book, which tells the story of the region's natural history through compelling photographs of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants, and powerful waterways.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day (Library will be open Saturday, October 8 due to JRW Conference)

Narrative Drive: A Nonfiction Writer's Workshop
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: 8:30 AM–Noon
Place: Conference Rooms, Fee and registration: https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=37075

This half-day of insightful guidance and hands-on instruction is for writers of articles, essays, nonfiction books, or memoirs. Featured writers are Dean King, Charlie Slack, and others to be announced. Questions? 804.692.3900

Poetry Spotlight: An Evening with Virginia Poets
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms and Lecture Hall

The event is free of charge and no advance registration is required. This evening of poetry features Kelly Cherry, Poet Laureate of Virginia, who will be joined by fellow Virginia poets Michael Chitwood, Kathleen Graber, and Lesley Wheeler (all finalists for the 2011 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry) for an evening of readings and discussion.

Whodunit? | A Day of Mystery Madness for Mystery Fans
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Fee and registration for lunch; panels are free of charge but require advance registration. https://co.clickandpledge.com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=37075
Questions? 804.692.3900

If you're a fan of the genre, don't miss this event that hosts a dozen of the best mystery writers in the business for a reader-friendly, interactive, and fun day of discussion and insight. There will be break-out panels in the morning and afternoon to enjoy casual conversation and Q&A, and a lunch hosted by the venerable author and People's Choice Award nominee Donna Andrews. Book signings will be available throughout the day. This powerhouse lineup of talent includes Donna Andrews, Mollie Bryan, Meredith Cole, Ellen Crosby, Jan Neuharth, Alan Orloff, Brad Parks, Sandy Parshall, David L. Robbins, J. B. Stanley, Andy Straka, and Irene Ziegler.

Moderators are Art Taylor, Steve Weddle, Katherine Neville, and Meredith Cole.


9:30–10:30 AM: “What Comes First: Plot or Character?” – moderated by Art Taylor featuring Orloff, Crosby, Cole, Andrews, and Bryan.

10:45–11:45 AM: “Professionals v. Amateurs” – moderated by Steve Weddle featuring Neuharth, Straka, and Stanley.

1:30–2:30 PM: "The Cutting Edge: What makes a thriller different from a mystery?” – moderated by Katherine Neville featuring Parks, Parshall, Robbins, and Ziegler.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Place: The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St.
FEE. Reservations required. Please call 804-692-3900 to purchase tickets.

The Library's Annual Literary Luncheon explores television writing that influenced a generation. The words “goodnight John Boy” serve as more than just a memorable line from a television show—lines like these serve as iconic memories for the baby boomer generation. Writer and native Virginian Earl Hamner will explore the effect that television has had on viewers from a time when it was a relatively new and novel medium. The format is a conversation with journalist Lisa LaFata Powell, and will include audience questions.

Authors, Artists, & Art
Friday, October 14, 2011
Time: 6:30 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond

Fee and registration: http://www.vmfa.museum/Calendar_and_Events/Talks/Authors,_Artists,_and_Art__A_Conversation.aspx

This interactive audience-focused discussion about art-based books features panelists Elizabeth Kostova (author of The Swan Thieves and the best-selling The Historian), Mary Lynn Kotz (author of Rauschenberg: Art and Life and the best-selling Upstairs at the White House), Aneta Georgievska-Shine (author of Rubens and the Archaeology of Myth and an independent scholar and lecturer on art for the Smithsonian Associates), and Clarice Smith (painter, art historian, collector, and sponsor of the Clarice Smith Lectures on Art at George Washington University)—moderated by author Katherine Neville.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Closed all day for Literary Awards event

14th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Lobby, FEE. Reservations required. Please call 804-692-3900 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. Earl Hamner Jr. is the recipient of the 2011 literary lifetime achievement award. Other awards include the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the People's Choice Awards, and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children's Literature.

"A Perfect Steel-Trap": Resources at the Library of Virginia Documenting John Brown's Raid
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

R. Thomas Crew Jr., a senior reference archivist at the Library of Virginia, will discuss the extensive archival holdings at the Library documenting John Brown's abortive attempt to capture the U.S. Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, on October 16, 1859. Brown’s action forced many Americans to make difficult moral and political choices about slavery, human rights, and states' rights.

Display of the Ordinance of Secession

Display of the Ordinance of Secession
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Library Lobby

The Library of Virginia houses a unique and important document related to Virginia's Civil War history–the Ordinance of Secession. Because of its age and fragile condition, this rare piece of Virginia history is rarely on public display.

Archives Open House
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms

Please join the Library of Virginia as we celebrate the value of Virginia's historical records. Join us to see displays from the Library's many collections, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives stacks and conservation labs, and watch a demonstration by staff on how to use the collection.

Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.

The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010—Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219

An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.

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