October 2018 Events
workshop

Love Letters & Recipes: Researching Historical Fiction

TimeFriday, October 5, 2018 from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price$15 ($10 for Semper Virginia Society members)

Civil War history books tell us about battles and politicians, but what did ordinary people read in the newspaper? What did they eat for breakfast? Details from the past can help you more fully imagine your characters and their world in any time period. We’ll read work from writers including Geraldine Brooks and Donald McCaig and see how they enhance scenes with details. Using materials from the Library's collections, we'll also brainstorm about fun and creative ways to do historical research for your writing projects. Come with a pencil and paper. Leave with new ideas and techniques for immersing yourself in the setting of your story. Led by Clara Silverstein, author of Secrets in a House Divided: A Novel of Civil War Richmond.

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Closed for Columbus Day
TimeMonday, October 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia


volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeWednesday, October 10, 2018 from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
LocationNetwork Training Center

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree

Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join us for a book discussion with light refreshments, additional historical context, and even occasional author visits. Discuss If the Creek Don't Rise by Leah Weiss (a 2018 Fiction Award finalist and People's Choice Fiction finalist), and pick up November's book: Best Intentions by Erika Raskin (a 2018 People's Choice Fiction finalist). Loaner books available. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

workshop

INTERMEDIATE GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Private Papers Collections at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, October 12, 2018 from 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
LocationConference Rooms
Price $25 ($20 for Semper Virginia Society members)

In addition to state and county records, the Library of Virginia holds nongovernment papers such as Bible records, family papers, letters, organization records, and business records. Library staff members Trenton Hizer (senior manuscripts acquisition and digital archivist) and Ginny Dunn (archives and library reference services manager) introduce you to the collections and the valuable information they contain. They will also share tips on how you can preserve your own family papers. For more information, contact catherine.wyatt@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3999.

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literary awards

Art Meets Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

TimeFriday, October 19, 2018 from 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
LocationVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall (200 N Boulevard, Richmond)
Price$8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts present the Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. This year’s winner is Donna M. Lucey for Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3900 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

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Closed for an Event
TimeSaturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
LocationLibrary of Virginia

Closed to prepare for annual Literary Awards Celebration!

literary awards

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 20, 2018 from 6:00 PM–10:30 PM
Price$175

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration features keynote speaker Susan Orlean, whose latest work, The Library Book, will be published on October 16, 2018. Award-winning author Adriana Trigiani will again serve as host for this event. Tickets include a cocktail reception with the authors, seated dinner, presentation, and open bar. For tickets or more information, call 804.692.3900 or go to www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards.

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volunteer opportunity
Transcribe-a-thon
TimeSaturday, October 27, 2018 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationNetworking Training Center

Join other volunteers to transcribe handwritten pages by reading written text and typing it into digital form. Participate in enhancing access to collections of more than 400 years of Virginia history and culture. Twelve computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! Transcribe-a-thons are facilitated by the volunteer organization HandsOn Greater Richmond. Minimum age is 16 (12 with an adult).

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exhibition
True Sons of Freedom
TimeTuesday, January 16, 2018–Friday, November 9, 2018
LocationExhibition Gallery & Lobby
PriceFree

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.

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