Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Books on Broad" Featuring Lenore Hart: The Raven's Bride
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM–7:30 PM
Place: The Virginia Shop

The March installment of Books on Broad will feature Lenore Hart on her latest novel, The Raven's Bride, about the mysterious and confounding relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and Sissy Clemm, his great love and constant companion. The book explores love, loss, the afterlife, and American literature's most haunted and demonized literary figure, by imagining the real, beating heart of the woman who loved and inspired him—and whose absence ultimately destroyed him. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) served, 5:30–6:15 pm; author talk and discussion, 6:15–7:00 pm; book signing, 7:00–7:30 pm.

Poetry Reading by Jehanne Dubrow, Tara Bray, and William Notter
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 W. Main St., 804-353-0094

Poets Jehanne Dubrow (finalist for VCU's 2010 Levis Reading Prize), Tara Bray, and William Notter will read at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond as part of the Fresh Ink reading series. The event is free and open to the public. Fresh Ink is a year-long reading series featuring emerging writers and co-sponsored by Blackbird/New Virginia Review, Chop Suey Books, the Library of Virginia, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Union or Secession: Virginians Decide
Monday, December 06, 2010 — Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Place: Library of Virginia, Exhibition Gallery and Lobby Cases

Virginia was central to American identity for its role in the founding of the United States and its political principles. Both the Confederacy and the Union wanted to claim Virginia's historical legacy. Union or Secession explores what Virginians thought and debated as the crisis unfolded. Explore the choices Virginians faced as they decided their fate and that of the nation—Union or Secession.

Through letters, journals, newspapers, official documents and correspondence, and maps and broadsides (the vast majority of these items from the Library's incomparable collections), Union or Secession offers insight into the complex and conflicting geographic, cultural, economic, and political factors that faced Virginians in 1860 and early 1861. The exhibition shows that Virginians' choice on the question of secession was far from certain as dramatic moves were being made outside the state.

The Struggle to Decide: Virginia's Secession Crisis
Monday, December 13, 2010 — Saturday, October 29, 2011

Time: Monday–Saturday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00–5:00 PM
Place: Virginia State Capitol Visitor Center, 1000 Bank Street, Richmond 23219

An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia

In the aftermath of the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860, and the beginning of the secession crisis in December 1860, Virginia had a fateful choice to make: would it remain in, or secede from, the United States of America? In Virginia, the General Assembly called for a state convention to act for Virginia during the crisis. Meeting in February 1861, the 152 men elected to the convention faced the terrible task of deciding the fate of Virginia, and perhaps the nation.

The Struggle to Decide exhibition examines the actions taken by convention delegates and the governor that had a profound effect on Richmond and the Virginia State Capitol.

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