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October 2013

The Jefferson Brothers

The Jefferson Brothers
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Historian Joanne Yeck has been exploring her Buckingham County roots since 1995. Her book, The Jefferson Brothers, focuses on the relationship between the famed brother, Thomas, and the lesser known Randolph. Under his brother's guidance, Randolph becomes a successful planter in central Virginia. The brother's relationship was based on agriculture and slave-holding rather than politics. The Brothers Jefferson provides a unique perspective on Thomas Jefferson's role in life.


Come Tour the Archives of the Commonwealth at the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon,  Free. Space is limited. Call 804-692-3605.

The Library of Virginia is celebrating Archives Month with behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives Stacks, Conservation Lab, and Special Collections.


The Impersonator

The Impersonator
Friday, October 04, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

The Library of Virginia and the Art Deco Society of Virginia are sponsoring a Roaring Twenties party to launch The Impersonator, Mary Miley's debut novel. Set against a Prohibition-era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, the novel won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. The event will feature dancing (Charleston lessons on request!) to music played on an antique Victrola (help crank the handle), a champagne reception, and Miley's talk on “Why the Roaring Twenties Is the Most Fascinating Decade in American History.” You are invited to wear your best '20s or '30s clothing and join us for a fun evening. The event begins at 5:30 PM with music and dancing lessons, followed by the author talk at 6:00 PM, then a book signing and reception with more music and dancing.


Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia

Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, October 05, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall,  Free

Night photography compels viewers to look at the world from a slightly different perspective. Dark Side: Night Photography In Virginia introduces us to the unique world of darkness and shadows. The exhibition surveys the many ways in which professional and amateur photographers have used their cameras over the past century to create compelling nocturnal images of the commonwealth. While it examines the materials and historic processes that made night photography possible, Dark Side, also introduces several contemporary Virginia photographers who are currently using it as an artistic medium.


BOOK LAUNCH WITH LANA KRUMWIEDE | Archon

BOOK LAUNCH WITH LANA KRUMWIEDE | Archon
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Join us for the launch of Richmonder Lana Krumwiede's new work, Archon, the second book of the Psi Chronicles. As the powerless and the powerful clash, allies and enemies are not always who they seem to be in this dynamic sequel to the dystopian novel Freakling.


Closed
Monday, October 14, 2013

The Library will be closed for the Columbus Day.


Poetic Principles featuring Charles Wright and Ellen Bryant Voigt
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Conference Rooms & Lobby,  FREE

The Library of Virginia, in partnership with Blackbird online journal of literature and the arts, present an evening of poetry with 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charles Wright and National Book Award finalist Ellen Bryant Voigt. A wine-and-cheese reception and book signing will follow the presentation.


Film Screening: To Kill a Mockingbird
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 7:15 PM
Place: The Byrd Theatre,  Free

Please note the change of date- this event will now take place on Wednesday, October 16th.

Join us at the Byrd Theatre as we celebrate one of America's most beloved works of fiction, which will now feature live performances by the Virginia Repertory Theatre, whose stage production of Harper Lee's novel runs through October 30th at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre. Lee's esteemed story is a timeless exploration of conscience, set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression. Though the event is free, donations will be gratefully accepted to support the ongoing operations and preservation of the Byrd Theatre.


Come Tour the Archives of the Commonwealth at the Library of Virginia
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM–Noon,  Free. Space is limited. Call 804-692-3605.

The Library of Virginia is celebrating Archives Month with behind-the-scenes tours of the Archives Stacks, Conservation Lab, and Special Collections.


BOOK LAUNCH: Buried Leads by LynDee Walker

BOOK LAUNCH: Buried Leads by LynDee Walker
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby,  FREE

Richmond author LynDee Walker will present a book talk at the Library of Virginia to launch the release of Buried Leads, the second book in her Nichelle Clark Headlines in Heels Mystery series. A wine-and-cheese reception and book signing will follow the talk.


Take 30 Lunchtime Talk with Eric S. Yellin
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM–1:00 PM
Place: University of Richmond Downtown (626 East Broad Street),  FREE

Join us for a 30 minute discussion of Racism in the Nation's Service: Government Workers and the Color Line in Woodrow Wilson's America by author Eric S. Yellin.


BOOK LAUNCH: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall & Lobby,  FREE

Award-winning Virginia author Lee Smith, recipient of the Library's 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, will present a book talk to launch the release of Guests on Earth. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.


Author Appearance & Book Signing: A Visitor's Guide to the Literary South by Trish Foxwell

Author Appearance & Book Signing: A Visitor's Guide to the Literary South by Trish Foxwell
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Poe Museum, 1914 E Main St Richmond, VA 23223,  Free

Trish Foxwell will speak and sign copies of her book, which takes travelers on a literary journey stretching from Virginia to Louisiana and includes Edgar Allan Poe's connections to Richmond, Charlottesville, and Charleston, South Carolina. Foxwell's byline has appeared in the Tennessean, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union Tribune, Gannett Newspapers, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She is also the author of Historic Hotels and Hideaways: Washington Weekends.


Teen '13 Book & Author Celebration
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Richmond Public Library,  FREE

A group of award-winning and best-selling Virginia authors of books released in 2013 will host an evening of celebration for all readers and fans of pre-teen and teen fiction. Enjoy food, fun, book sales, signings, and giveaways. Featured authors include Aimee Agresti, Gigi Amateau, Hannah Barnaby, Susann Cokal, Kathryn Erskine, Lana Krumwiede, Meg Medina, Erica Orloff, Valerie O. Patterson, Madelyn Rosenberg, Sarah Sullivan, Steve Watkins, A. B. Westrick, and Sylvia Whitman. Music by the Hanover High School Jazz Band. The Fountain Bookstore will have books for sale. Each author will donate a signed copy of his or her 2013 release to the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center and book donations will be accepted during the event.


Book Talk: Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello by Cynthia Kierner
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Wilton House Museum (215 S. Wilton Rd.),  FREE

Historian Cynthia Kierner discusses and signs her book Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times. Tours of Wilton House will also be available before and after the talk.


Author Appearance and Book Signing: Homeland by LuAnn Keener-Mikenas

Author Appearance and Book Signing: Homeland by LuAnn Keener-Mikenas
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Chop Suey Books (2913 W. Cary Street),  Free

Join us for a poetry reading and book signing with LuAnn Keener-Mikenas, finalist for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry.


James River Writers Workshops
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol, House and Senate Rooms 3,  Fee

Half-day workshops will explore techniques in writing and strategies for seeking publication. Visit James River Writers (www.jamesriverwriters.org) for more information or e-mail fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org.


Author Appearance & Book Signing: Children's Book Author and illustrator Cece Bell
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Place: bbgb (3100 Kensington Ave),  Free

Children's book store bbgb hosts author and illustrator Cece Bell for a book signing, with an opportunity to meet the famous Sock Monkey.


Author Appearance & Book Signing: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Sam Miller's Restaurant (1210 Cary Street),  Free

Fountain Bookstore hosts author Lee Smith for a book signing at Sam Miller's Restaurant.


CSI for Mystery Writers with the VCU Department of Forensic Science
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 3:30 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Commonwealth University, Dept. of Forensic Science Lab,  Cost: $40 (includes all materials and snacks)

This engaging hands-on workshop in the VCU Forensics lab will explore investigative techniques used by crime-solving professionals. Mystery writers age 16 and older will learn writing techniques from a well-known Virginia author and investigative techniques from VCU Department of Forensic Science faculty members. Space is limited. For more information or to register email dorian.lemasters@lva.virginia.gov or call 804.356.1928. You can also register online through the Virginia Shop at www.thevirginiashop.org/marciatalleypresentscsiworkshopforteenwriters.aspx.


Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center,  Cost: $5

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have collaborated to create the Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature, which will be presented here for the first time, along with a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program.


Closed
Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Library will be closed for the literary awards celebration.


Create Your Own Book: A Workshop for Kids
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
Place: Henrico Public Library, Tuckahoe Branch,  FREE

Richmond author and educator Kathryn Starke will lead a workshop for aspiring authors ages six to nine at Tuckahoe Area Library. Participants will turn their story ideas into an illustrated, bound book. All materials will be provided.


Author Appearance & Book Signing: Former First Lady Susan Allen
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM–11:30 AM
Place: Twin Hickory Public Library, 5001 Twin Hickory Rd Glen Allen, VA 23059 (804) 290-9200,  Free

Before Ronald Reagan became our 40th president or a renowned Hollywood movie star, he was a hardworking young man affectionately known as “Dutch.” One of history's most beloved presidents got his start working as a lifeguard and a sportscaster before paving his own way to the epitome of the American dream. Former First Lady of Virginia Susan Allen will appear at Twin Hickory Public Library to sign copies of her colorful and charming new children's book, The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief. More than just the story of Reagan's incredible life, the book aims to teach children about the qualities he valued most, such as responsibility, humility, kindness, and hard work—qualities that helped him throughout his life.


Literary Luncheon
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM–1:00 PM
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center,  Cost: $45 before October 1 ($50 after October 1)

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Luncheon, presented in partnership with James River Writers, features medal presentations for all Virginia Literary Award finalists and a keynote presentation. Finalists and other guest authors will be available for book signings after the luncheon. A complete list of finalists is available at www.literaryva.com. For more information call 804.356.1928. Registration is available online through the Virginia Shop at www.thevirginiashop.org/literaryluncheon.aspx.


AUTHOR APPEARANCE AND BOOK SIGNING: A VISITOR'S GUIDE TO THE LITERARY SOUTH BY TRISH FOXWELL

AUTHOR APPEARANCE AND BOOK SIGNING: A VISITOR'S GUIDE TO THE LITERARY SOUTH BY TRISH FOXWELL
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM–4:00 PM
Place: St. John's Church (2401 E. Broad Street),  Free

The Visitor Center at St. John's Church will host author Trish Foxwell for a book signing and tea reception.


AUTHOR APPEARANCE AND BOOK SIGNING: HEATHER ANDREA WILLIAMS

AUTHOR APPEARANCE AND BOOK SIGNING: HEATHER ANDREA WILLIAMS
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 2:30 PM–4:00 PM
Place: Ebenezer Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall (216 W. Leigh Street),  Free

Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery explores the heartbreaking stories of separation and the long, usually unsuccessful, journeys toward reunification for African-American families following the Civil War. Dr. Williams will discuss and be available to sign copies of her book


AUTHOR APPEARANCE & BOOK SIGNING: Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 2:30 PM–4:30 PM
Place: Chop Suey Books,  FREE

Enjoy an afternoon of fantasy and steampunk. Meet Philippa Ballantine and Tee Morris, co-authors of the award-winning Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, and get their latest book signed at Richmond's best-loved independent bookseller.


Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
Place: Library of Virginia,  $175

The Library of Virginia's annual Literary Awards Celebration will once again feature host Adriana Trigiani for 2013, plus Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charles Wright. A cocktail reception will be followed by dinner and the ceremony. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar for $175 per person. For more information or to register, visit www.literaryva.com or call 804.356.1928.


James River Writers Conference
Saturday, October 19, 2013—Sunday, October 20, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Greater Richmond Convention Center,  Fee

This annual three-day educational conference for writers features nationally and internationally known authors and sessions with literary agents. For more information or to register, visit www.jamesriverwriters.org or e-mail fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org.


Film Screening: Psycho
Monday, October 28, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall,  Free

Join us for a screening of Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1960 suspense/horror film starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and the Bates Motel. The film will put you in the mood for Halloween and is guaranteed to cause shower aversion. Presented in conjunction with the Library's exhibition No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture.


Homegrown: Celebrating Virginia's Cultural Heritage in Its Archives & Special Collections
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–8:30 PM
Place: Lobby,  Free

This unique event brings together food-culture historians—the modern interpreters of historical foodways—and local food-movement advocates: practitioners, growers, and promoters of regional food and beverages. The keynote presentation will be by chef Patrick Evans-Hylton, author of Dishing Up Virginia: 145 Recipes That Celebrate Colonial Traditions and Contemporary Flavors followed by a Q & A session. Attendees will then be able to enjoy a Virginia open house with various practitioners, growers, and promoters of regional food and beverage culture. Enjoy a Virginia open house with tastings, literature, and a chance to talk with the specialists. Virginia products and books will be for sale and related items from the Library of Virginia’s collection will be displayed.


No Cause of Offense: A Virginia Family of Union Loyalists Confronts the Civil War

No Cause of Offense: A Virginia Family of Union Loyalists Confronts the Civil War
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms,  Free

Lewis F. Fisher will share the story of a Virginia family from the Shenandoah Valley who remained loyal to the Union during the Civil War and became influential afterward. A book signing will follow the talk.


No Vacancy: Remnants of Virginia's Roadside Culture
Tuesday, October 15, 2013—Saturday, February 22, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Gallery,  Free

Explore the evolution of Virginia's roadside lodging along U.S. Route 1, once the main highway for travel along the East Coast, through this exhibition of vintage and current photographs. Early and mid-20th century travelers along Route 1 stopped at camps, motor courts, roadside cottages, and motels to take a break from the hours of driving. Often locally owned, these businesses were full of the local flavor of the area. Today, in the shadows of the bright lights of the Holiday Inns, Best Westerns, and the Hiltons, the remnants of Virginia's roadside culture can still be seen through its rusted signs, overgrown lots, boarded windows, and re-purposed buildings.


The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia

The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013—Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby,  Free

Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.