BOOK LAUNCH WITH BETH MACY
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the
Drug Company that Addicted America
Join us for the first Carole Weinstein Author Series event, the Richmond launch of the eagerly awaited new book from Beth Macy, award-winning author of Factory Man and Truevine. Dopesick is an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines of the devastating opioid crisis in America. Macy will discuss her book and then hold a question and answer session with Dr. Omar Abubaker, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. After losing his 21-year-old son to heroin addiction, Dr. Abubaker now spends time speaking to the public about his family's experience and the need to change how doctors prescribe opioids. Reception 5:30–6:00 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM, and book signings at 7:00 PM. This event is made possible with federal funding for staff support by the Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Media sponsor: Richmond Times-Dispatch.
True Sons of Freedom, a photographic exhibition at the Library of Virginia, explores the stories of Virginia's African American soldiers who served during World War I. More than just mementos for families and sweethearts, these portraits challenge the crude and demoralizing cultural products of an era that often reduced African Americans to stereotypes and denied them full participation as citizens of the United States. Reflecting the pride and determination of African American World War I servicemen, the images were submitted with the soldiers' responses to military service questionnaires created by the Virginia War History Commission as part of an effort to capture the scope of Virginians' participation in the Great War. The original photographs, reproduced in the gallery at nearly life-size dimensions, place visitors at eye level in front of the soldiers. The monumental scale allows viewers the opportunity to examine rich details not seen in the original photo postcards.
For more information, go to www.virginiamemory.com/truesons.