December 2011

"Books on Broad" Featuring Caroline Preston: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt by Caroline Preston is the first-ever scrapbook novel, transporting us back to the vibrant, burgeoning bohemian culture of the 1920s and introducing us to an unforgettable heroine, the spirited, ambitious, and lovely Frankie Pratt. For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father's old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie's dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Preston is the author of three previous novels: Jackie by Josie, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Lucy Crocker 2.0; and Gatsby's Girl, which chronicles F. Scott Fitzgerald's first girlfriend. Inspired by her interest in manuscripts and ephemera, Preston worked as an archivist at the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Peabody/Essex Museum, and Harvard's Houghton Library. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served (5:30–6:15 PM), followed by author talk (6:15–7:15 PM), and book signing (7:15–7:30 PM).

Exhibition Preview for American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print
Friday, December 02, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall and Lobby, Free

An exhibition preview will include a talk by exhibition curator Jim Sherraden, tours of the exhibition, music, a silent art auction, a wine tasting, and much more.

Woodblock Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Time: 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Place: Visual Arts Center, 1812 W. Main St.

Exhibition curator Jim Sherraden offers attendees the rare opportunity to print their own artwork from Hatch Show Print woodblocks. Paper and ink provided, but bring a t-shirt or two to print on. Questions? Call Aimee Joyaux at 804-353-0094.

Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade

Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall

Maurie D. McInnis, professor and associate dean for the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, will discuss and sign Slaves Waiting for Sale, her innovative book featuring the work of Eyre Crowe, a British artist. Crowe witnessed a slave auction in 1853 and later used his sketches of the scene to develop a series of illustrations and paintings, including Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia. McInnis illuminates not only how Crowe's abolitionist art was inspired and made, but also how it influenced the international public's understanding of slavery in America.

SRC Late Opening
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Place: State Records Center

The State Records Archives Annex Reading Room will open at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, December 14th.

Friday, December 23, 2011—Monday, December 26, 2011

Closed for Christmas Holiday weekend

Saturday, December 31, 2011—Monday, January 02, 2012

The Library will be closed Saturday, December 31st through Monday, January 2nd for New Year's Holiday weekend

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print Exhibition
Monday, December 05, 2011—Saturday, February 04, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print celebrates a time-honored graphic art tradition through the work of Nashville's Hatch Show Print, one of the nation's oldest and continuously printing shops. While Hatch's name is synonymous with the music business, its posters promoting football games, vaudeville shows, state fairs, stock car races, and picture shows reflect the breadth of American popular culture. Organized by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES), the exhibition includes 62 original posters (including authorized restrikes from vintage blocks and contemporary restrikes), 15 hand-carved wooden printing blocks, text panels and labels.

Connect with Us
Monday, November 07, 2011—Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

Connect with Us explores how the Library of Virginia uses social media—YouTube, Flickr, Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. New acquisitions and unusual items will be displayed and visitors will be encouraged to post comments about the materials or about other programs at the Library or what they are working on at the Library that day.

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812
Monday, November 07, 2011—Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby

The Forgotten War: The War of 1812 highlights a forthcoming digital archive of materials in the collections of the Library of Virginia that relate to the War of 1812. Selections from the archive will address Virginia's role, including the impressment of American citizens as one cause of the war, the British blockade of the Chesapeake Bay, and military engagements at Craney Island and Washington, D.C.

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