October 2021 Events
book talk

BOOK EVENT WITH CHUCK ROBB

In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics

TimeWednesday, October 6, 2021 from 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree, but registration required.

Please join us for a conversation with former U.S. Senator and Virginia Governor Chuck Robb about his new memoir, In the Arena: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics. Former Secretary of Education Anne Holton will join Senator Robb on stage to reflect on his extraordinary life and career.


In the Arena offers the first political memoir of the noted statesman’s extraordinary life, tracing his path from early days as an anonymous Marine to his fairytale wedding (to Lynda Bird Johnson, the daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson), from night movements in Vietnam to engaging in the height of Democratic politics in the Virginia State Capitol and U.S. Senate, and from experiencing personal highs and lows to becoming a principled fighter and exemplar of today’s moderate Democrat. Full of honest reflections, the book pulls back the curtain on one of America's proven political leaders.


A book signing will follow the talk. The book is available at the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Courtney Bryce at courtney.bryce@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3524.

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Closed for Columbus Day and Yorktown Victory Day Holiday

TimeMonday, October 11, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

panel discussion

Library of Virginia Literary Awards: Nonfiction Discussion Panel

TimeTuesday, October 12, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

At 6:00 PM join the Library of Virginia live on our Facebook or YouTube pages to hear a conversation with Nonfiction Award finalists Chip Jones, author of The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South; Ryan Smith, author of Death and Rebirth in a Southern City: Richmond's Historic Cemeteries; and Nicole Myers Turner, author of Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia, moderated by award-winning Virginia author Kristen Green. The winner will be announced during the Literary Awards Virtual Celebration on Saturday, October 16, 2021.


Literary Awards week is a great time to help support the Library’s programs, special projects, and exhibitions. So much of our work is made possible because of individuals like you. Click here to make your gift today.

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book club

Literary Virginia Book Group

TimeWednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOrientation Room or Online
PriceFree

Beginning this fall, our meetings will be hybrid—you can join in person at the Library or online through Zoom. Please log in at 6:00 PM through either the Zoom link or the phone number below:


Zoom Meeting:

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Meeting ID: 937 4066 4507

Passcode: 469804


One tap mobile

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Dial by your location

+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeAihCyrav


Read and discuss the best of today's Virginia literature—including books by Library of Virginia Literary Award winners and finalists in fiction and nonfiction. On the second Wednesday evening of each month, join a book group discussion either in person or online. This month, we'll discuss You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe (a nonfiction finalist for the 2021 People’s Choice Award and the subject of our November 2021 Weinstein Author Series talk)


Next month, we'll discuss Crooked Hallelujah by Kelli Jo Ford (a fiction finalist for the 2021 People’s Choice Award).


Library of Virginia loaner books are unavailable at this time, but check your local public library for curbside checkout or digital download. This book is available at the Virginia Shop online and other online retail outlets. For more information, contact Nan Carmack at nan.carmack@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3792.

panel discussion

Library of Virginia Literary Awards: Fiction Discussion Panel

TimeWednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

At 6:00 PM join the Library of Virginia live on our Facebook or YouTube pages to hear a conversation with Fiction Award finalists Rachel Beanland, author of Florence Adler Swims Forever; Brian Castleberry, author of Nine Shiny Objects; and Alma Katsu, author of The Deep, moderated by award-winning Virginia author Brad Parks. The winner will be announced during the Literary Awards Virtual Celebration on Saturday, October 16, 2021.


Literary Awards week is a great time to help support the Library’s programs, special projects, and exhibitions. So much of our work is made possible because of individuals like you. Click here to make your gift today.

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panel discussion

Library of Virginia Literary Awards: Poetry Discussion Panel

TimeThursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

At 6:00 PM join the Library of Virginia live on our Facebook or YouTube pages to hear author and journalist Anna Scotti moderate a discussion with Poetry Award finalists Bill Glose, author of Postscript to War; Annie Kim, author of Eros, Unbroken; and Kiki Petrosino, author of White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia, moderated by award-winning Virginia poet Anna Scotti. The winner will be announced during the Literary Awards Virtual Celebration on Saturday, October 16, 2021.


Literary Awards week is a great time to help support the Library’s programs, special projects, and exhibitions. So much of our work is made possible because of individuals like you. Click here to make your gift today.

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book talk

Art In Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award

TimeFriday, October 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationMarble Hall, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Price$8 ($5 for Library of Virginia & 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 honoree is Gaylord Torrence for his book Continuum: Native North American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This landmark publication brings North American Indigenous art to the fore with the presentation of 280 objects from the culturally and aesthetically rich collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Join us for a presentation exploring the relationship between literature and the visual arts. A book signing and reception will follow the program. This event will also be livestreamed through the Library of Virginia’s Facebook (Facebook.com/LibraryofVA) and YouTube (Youtube.com/LibraryofVA) pages.

  

This unique award, established in 2013, is named in honor of Mary Lynn Kotz, author of the award-winning biography Rauschenberg: A Life. The award recognizes an outstanding book published in the previous year that is written primarily in response to a work (or works) of art while also showing the highest literary quality as a creative or scholarly work. Torrence will also be recognized on Saturday, October 16, 2021, during the Library of Virginia Literary Awards Virtual Celebration.


Literary Awards week is a great time to help support the Library’s programs, special projects, and exhibitions. So much of our work is made possible because of individuals like you. Click here to make your gift today.

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Closed for annual Literary Awards Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 16, 2021 from 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

literary awards

24th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Virtual Celebration

TimeSaturday, October 16, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

At 6:00 PM join the Library live on our Facebook or YouTube pages as we celebrate the Library of Virginia Literary Awards virtually again this year with award-winning Virginia author Adriana Trigiani, who returns as host. This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Commentary winner, Michael Paul Williams, will be honored for his distinguished contributions to journalism in the commonwealth of Virginia. This annual event, sponsored by Dominion Energy, attracts library supporters, authors, publishers, and those who enjoy the written word.


Literary Awards week is a great time to help support the Library’s programs, special projects, and exhibitions. So much of our work is made possible because of individuals like you. Click here to make your gift today.

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book club

Common Ground Virginia History Virtual Book Group

TimeTuesday, October 19, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Read and discuss compelling nonfiction books handpicked by Library staff that explore Virginia history, society, and culture. This month, we'll discuss Dopesick by Beth Macy. Next month, we'll discuss Fearless: How a Poor Virginia Seamstress Took On Jim Crow, Beat the Poll Tax and Changed Her City Forever by Charlene Butts Ligon. Check your local public library or the FindItVA OverDrive collection to borrow titles, or purchase through the Virginia Shop or other online retailers.


Please check out our monthly Common Ground Book Group post on the UncommonWealth blog to view LVA collection items and other resources for each month's book choice. For more information, contact Becky Schneider at rebecca.schneider@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3550.

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panel discussion

Sacred Spaces: Preserving African American Cemeteries

TimeThursday, October 21, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Cemeteries have always been sacred locations and links to our ancestors. Sadly, for African Americans, cemeteries have faced multiple injustices and desecrations. Join us for a panel discussion exploring what can be done to stop these injustices from happening and what can be done to preserve these sacred spaces. Lynn Rainville, public historian and author, will lead a discussion with Michael Blakey, director of the Institute for Historical Biology at the College of William and Mary; Char Bah, CEO and founder of FindingThingsforU; Edwina St. Rose, a representative of Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery; and Lenora McQueen, a representative of Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground. For more information, contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001. 

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workshop

GENEALOGY WORKSHOP 

Immigration Records at the Library of Virginia

TimeFriday, October 22, 2021 from 10:00 AM–11:00 AM
LocationOnline
Price$15 ($10 for Library of Virginia members)

***Due to numerous requests for our genealogy workshops to remain virtual with concerns stemming from COVID-19, the Library has decided to convert our in-person genealogy workshops back to virtual events for the remainder of 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience. Dates and registrations will remain the same.***


Library of Virginia reference archivist Cara Griggs leads this workshop focused on records from 1607 to 1929 concerning the immigration of individuals who came to Virginia. Learn about passenger lists and naturalization records as well as strategies for identifying birthplaces through records that relate to immigration and naturalization, vital records, obituaries, cemetery records, the records of religious organizations, and records from an individual’s country of origin. Contact Ashley Ramey at ashley.ramey@lva.virginia.gov or 804.692.3001 for more information.

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volunteer opportunity

Making History with LVA – Archives Month Edition

TimeSaturday, October 23, 2021 from 12:00 PM–2:00 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

In honor of October as Archives Month, join the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC) for a virtual transcription workshop focused on materials from Virginia Untold and Unknown No Longer digital projects. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten documents related to the lives of enslaved and free Black people in pre-1865 Virginia, making these records more accessible for all.


Contact Sonya Coleman for more information at makinghistory@virginiamemory.com or call Hands On Greater Richmond at 804-330-7400. Registration is required. 

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book talk

Book Break with STEVEN ROGERS

Into the Room

TimeTuesday, October 26, 2021 from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
LocationOrientation Room
PriceFree. Registration suggested.

Press pause during the mid-week rush to join a local author at the Library of Virginia for a book talk, casual conversation, and book signing. Presented by the Virginia Shop, the Book Break series offers the opportunity to connect book lovers to new titles and local authors. Reading the book beforehand is encouraged, but never required—just bring your curiosity and a desire to meet new people.


Since retiring from the corporate world in 2016, Steven Rogers has completed two novels and a half-dozen short stories, one of which, “Deep Waters,” received an honorable mention award in the 89th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition in 2020. His novel Into the Room was published in May 2021.


For more information, please call the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524 or email shop@thevirginiashop.org.

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panel discussion

Capturing the Spirit of a Community

TimeThursday, October 28, 2021 from 7:00 PM–8:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree, but registration required.

Please join us for a virtual discussion about the Columbia Pike Documentary Project, a multidisciplinary history of an Arlington neighborhood that’s one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation, and possibly in the world. Project writer Sushmita Mazumdar will moderate a conversation with photographers Lloyd Wolf, Xang Mimi Ho, Dewey Tron, and Lara Ajami about how their personal connections to the community allowed them to capture the strength, pride, resilience, elegance, and beauty of so many overlapping cultures. This program complements the photography exhibition Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community, on view at the Library of Virginia through January 8, 2022. For more information, contact Elizabeth Klaczynski at elizabeth.klaczynski@lva.virginia.gov or 804-692-3536.

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exhibition

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community

TimeTuesday, August 31, 2021–Saturday, January 8, 2022
LocationLibrary of Virginia Exhibition Gallery
PriceFree

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community, a unique exhibition of photographs at the Library of Virginia, celebrates the extraordinary cultural diversity found within a single community in Northern Virginia. Columbia Pike originated in the 19th century as a toll road connecting rural Virginia with the nation's capital. Today, the Columbia Pike corridor is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation, and possibly in the world. More than 130 languages are spoken in Arlington County, with the densest concentration along the Pike. Unlike in many parts of the world, or even in our own country, however, the stunningly diverse group of people—representing every continent—who live and work there do so in relative harmony. 


Columbia Pike Documentary Project photographers, whose personal connections to the community allowed them to capture the strength, pride, resilience, elegance, and beauty of so many overlapping cultures, created the works on view. More than 70 of the thousands of photographs transferred to the Library of Virginia’s collections this spring will be highlighted in Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community. The exhibition will also include information about the neighborhood, the residents, and the photographers themselves. As the nation seems more divided than ever, this collection shows how one community is making diversity work.

Ongoing Gallery Exhibitions
exhibition

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community

TimeTuesday, August 31, 2021–Saturday, January 8, 2022
LocationLibrary of Virginia Exhibition Gallery
PriceFree

Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community, a unique exhibition of photographs at the Library of Virginia, celebrates the extraordinary cultural diversity found within a single community in Northern Virginia. Columbia Pike originated in the 19th century as a toll road connecting rural Virginia with the nation's capital. Today, the Columbia Pike corridor is one of the most culturally diverse communities in the nation, and possibly in the world. More than 130 languages are spoken in Arlington County, with the densest concentration along the Pike. Unlike in many parts of the world, or even in our own country, however, the stunningly diverse group of people—representing every continent—who live and work there do so in relative harmony. 


Columbia Pike Documentary Project photographers, whose personal connections to the community allowed them to capture the strength, pride, resilience, elegance, and beauty of so many overlapping cultures, created the works on view. More than 70 of the thousands of photographs transferred to the Library of Virginia’s collections this spring will be highlighted in Columbia Pike: Through the Lens of Community. The exhibition will also include information about the neighborhood, the residents, and the photographers themselves. As the nation seems more divided than ever, this collection shows how one community is making diversity work.

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