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Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Talk: Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello by Cynthia Kierner
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM
Place: Wilton House Museum (215 S. Wilton Rd.), FREE

Historian Cynthia Kierner discusses and signs her book Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times. Tours of Wilton House will also be available before and after the talk.

Author Appearance and Book Signing: Homeland by LuAnn Keener-Mikenas

Author Appearance and Book Signing: Homeland by LuAnn Keener-Mikenas
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: Chop Suey Books (2913 W. Cary Street), Free

Join us for a poetry reading and book signing with LuAnn Keener-Mikenas, finalist for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry.

James River Writers Workshops
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol, House and Senate Rooms 3, Fee

Half-day workshops will explore techniques in writing and strategies for seeking publication. Visit James River Writers (www.jamesriverwriters.org) for more information or e-mail fallconference@jamesriverwriters.org.

Author Appearance & Book Signing: Children's Book Author and illustrator Cece Bell
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM–6:00 PM
Place: bbgb (3100 Kensington Ave), Free

Children's book store bbgb hosts author and illustrator Cece Bell for a book signing, with an opportunity to meet the famous Sock Monkey.

Author Appearance & Book Signing: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 6:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: Sam Miller's Restaurant (1210 Cary Street), Free

Fountain Bookstore hosts author Lee Smith for a book signing at Sam Miller's Restaurant.

CSI for Mystery Writers with the VCU Department of Forensic Science
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 3:30 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Commonwealth University, Dept. of Forensic Science Lab, Cost: $40 (includes all materials and snacks)

This engaging hands-on workshop in the VCU Forensics lab will explore investigative techniques used by crime-solving professionals. Mystery writers age 16 and older will learn writing techniques from a well-known Virginia author and investigative techniques from VCU Department of Forensic Science faculty members. Space is limited. For more information or to register email dorian.lemasters@lva.virginia.gov or call 804.356.1928. You can also register online through the Virginia Shop at www.thevirginiashop.org/marciatalleypresentscsiworkshopforteenwriters.aspx.

Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair
Friday, October 18, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Pauley Center, Cost: $5

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have collaborated to create the Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature, which will be presented here for the first time, along with a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program.

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.