Friday, October 14, 2016

Dimestore: A Writer's Life
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM–3:30 PM
Place: Lecture Hall, Free

Lee Smith, the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Lifetime Achievement recipient, talks about Dimestore, her intimate memoir detailing the South she knew as she grew up, a place that in many ways has vanished. Smith‘s home was in Grundy, a small coal town in Appalachia, where her father ran the local dime store. Although her parents raised her for life beyond the confines of Grundy, Smith's love of the people, the culture, and the stories of her birthplace remain. The 15 essays in Dimestore are in some ways an ode to the people and life of a small town, but it is an ode peppered with realities of her family's struggle with mental illness and with an honesty and poignancy for the place that made her. The Richmond Times-Dispatch is the media sponsor for this talk.

Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair
Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Marble Hall, $8 ($5 for Semper Virginia Society members & VMFA members)

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have created the Mary Lynn Kotz Award. 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, visit

First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom
Monday, April 18, 2016 — Thursday, March 02, 2017
Place: Exhibition Gallery & Lobby, Free

No one familiar with today's public and political debates about religious liberty and the relationship of church and state can doubt that Thomas Jefferson's Statute for Religious Freedom holds lasting significance. The Library of Virginia's exhibition First Freedom: Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom explores the intent and interpretation of the statute, one of the most revolutionary pieces of legislation in American history.

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