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August 2009

Curator-led Tour of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Time: Noon–12:45 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall and Lobby

RSVP by calling 804-692-3592 by Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Join exhibition curator Chris Semtner for an in-depth tour of the Library of Virginia's exhibition focusing on Edgar Allan Poe, whose influence on writers and artists was profound. Learn just how well you know this master of macabre. Space is limited.


The Riesling Retribution: A Wine Country Mystery

The Riesling Retribution: A Wine Country Mystery
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, FREE EVENT

Ellen Crosby will launch The Riesling Retribution, the fourth in her mystery series featuring wine and great descriptions of the Virginia wine country. Crosby is member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. The Riesling Retribution continues the saga of Lucie Montgomery, a wine and history aficionado, who owns and operates a vineyard, a wine-making operation, and a catering business on a historical site near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. A tornado not only destroys some of Montgomery's newest grapevines, but also unearths a grave in abandoned field on her property. Crosby weaves this plotline cleverly with tribulations of employee clashes, romantic feelings, ghost stories, and a family's checkered past to create a charming and fast-paced mystery.


A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison

A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, FREE EVENT

Dwayne Betts will speak about and sign A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival and Coming of Age in Prison. Betts was a good student from a lower-middle class family when, at 16, he and a friend carjacked a man. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. A bright young kid, weighing only 126 pounds, he served his eight-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in Virginia. A Question of Freedom is a coming-of-age story, with the unique twist that it takes place in prison. Utterly alone—and with the growing realization that he really is not going home any time soon—Betts confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Above all, A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity—one that guarantees Betts's survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.

Video of book talk Video


Educators' Reception
Friday, August 14, 2009
Time: 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall and Lobby

Are you looking for ways to bring Edgar Allan Poe alive for your students? Consider bringing them to experience the Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster exhibition and special programs at the Library of Virginia. Participants will receive an overview of education programs offered by the Library, the Poe Museum, and St. John's Church, as well as a tour of the exhibition with curator Chris Semtner, director of the Poe Museum. The first 50 teachers will also receive a commemorative Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster poster. RSVP by August 7, 2009, by calling 804.371.2126, or by e-mailing tameka.hobbs@lva.virginia.gov


Family Day at the Library of Virginia: I Know Poe
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, FREE EVENT

Experience Virginia's rich past by exploring the collections of the Library of Virginia, which houses documents representing 400 years of the state's historyThe day will feature an array of events, giveaways, and tours of the exhibition Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster at the Library of Virginia. Parents and children can enjoy activities such as face painting, crafts, a scavenger hunt, and performances by the Haunts of Richmond, a haunted attraction that brings local ghost stories and legends to life.


Docent-led Tour of Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
Tuesday, July 21, 2009—Thursday, December 03, 2009
Time: 2:00 PM–2:45 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall and Lobby

Join our library docents for a tour of the Library of Virginia's exhibition focusing on Edgar Allan Poe, whose influence on writers and artists was profound. Learn just how well you know this master of macabre. Space is limited. Every Tuesday and Thursday (except Sept. 8 and Nov. 27). RSVP by calling 804-692-3592.


Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster

Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster
Monday, July 20, 2009—Saturday, December 05, 2009
Place: Exhibition Gallery

What do you know about Edgar Allan Poe? Organized in partnership with the Poe Museum, this exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Poe, America's first internationally renowned author. The exhibition explores the myths and legends surrounding Poe (some of which he created) and examines how the author has entered American popular culture.


Votes for Women!
Monday, July 06, 2009—Saturday, December 26, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Cafe Cases, FREE EVENT

Votes for Women! commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia on November 27, 1909. Among the small group of civic-minded women were writers Ellen Glasgow, Mary Johnston, and Kate Langley Bosher, artists Adèle Clark and Nora Houston, physician Kate Waller Barrett, and reformer Lila Meade Valentine. Within its first few months, the league began a public campaign to win Virginia women the right to vote. Within a few weeks of the national victory in 1920, the Equal Suffrage League was succeeded by the nonpartisan Virginia League of Women Voters, which began work to make the new vote an informed one. The League sponsored registration drives, voter education programs, and lobbying efforts on behalf of social welfare issues.