November 2013

The Resurrection of Nat Turner

The Resurrection of Nat Turner
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Time: Noon–1:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free

Acclaimed author Sharon Ewell Foster will discuss and sign her fact-based novel The Resurrection of Nat Turner, Part One: The Witnesses, winner of 2012 Shaara Prize for Civil War Fiction. Her extensive research presents Turner through the eyes and words of slaves and masters, friends and foes. Foster is a Christy Award-winning author whose books have earned her a loyal following that crosses gender and racial boundaries.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Library will be closed for Veterans Day.

Art & the Bard: The National Gallery of Art and Folger Shakespeare Libraries
Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM–7:00 PM
Place: Depart from Library of Virginia, Cost: $75 for members of the Semper Virginia Society; $100 for non-members

The Library has arranged a trip to Washington, DC, for a private tour of the National Gallery of Art Library, which features some extraordinary items in its collection, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare materials and other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art.  The trip will include time for holiday shopping at the Folger Shop and the National Gallery Shop.  Cost includes round-trip coach transportation from the Library of Virginia, lunch, and a snack en route both ways. For more information or to register email or call 804.356.1928. You can also register online through the Virginia Shop at

"Books on Broad" featuring Brian Burns
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

The city of Richmond was under intense strain as the Confederate Capital, setting the stage for extraordinary stories of chivalry, terror, pageantry, and the brave struggles of ordinary civilians. Curiosities brings to light many lesser-known stories of the Civil War in Richmond. Reception (wine and cheese) 5:30–6:00 PM, book talk 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signing 7:00–7:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013—Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time: Noon–5:00 PM

The Library will be closed from noon on November 27 through Saturday, November 30. for Thanksgiving

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.

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