2022 Weinstein Authors Series (additional programs will be added)


02/24/22
Gregory Samantha Rosenthal
Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City
04/14/22
Dr. Kristen Green
The Devil's Half Acre:The Untold Story of How One Woman Liberated the South's Most Notorious Slave Jail



WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT WITH GREGORY SAMANTHA ROSENTHAL

Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City

TimeThursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall or Online
PriceFree, but registration required.

Please join us for a talk by history professor and author Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal on their book Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City, which explores an LGBTQ community in Roanoke, Virginia, a small city on the edge of Appalachia. Interweaving historical analysis, theory, and memoir, Rosenthal tells the story of their own journey—coming out and transitioning as a transgender woman—in the midst of working on a community-based history project that documented a multigenerational southern LGBTQ community. Based on over 40 interviews with LGBTQ elders, Living Queer History explores how queer people today think about the past and how history lives on in the present.


A book signing will follow the talk. This in-person event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Visit www.facebook.com/LibraryofVA or www.youtube.com/user/LibraryofVA at the time of the event.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book will be available soon at the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT WITH KRISTEN GREEN

The Devil’s Half Acre: The Untold Story of How One Woman Liberated the South's Most Notorious Slave Jail

TimeThursday, April 14, 2022 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall or Online
PriceFree, but registration required.

Please join us for a talk by New York Times best-selling author and journalist Kristen Green on the inspiring true story of an enslaved woman who liberated an infamous slave jail and transformed it into one of the nation’s first HBCUs. Green draws on years of research to tell the extraordinary and little-known story of young Mary Lumpkin, an enslaved woman who blazed a path of liberation for thousands. She was forced to have the children of a brutal slave trader and live on the premises of his slave jail, known as the “Devil’s Half Acre.” When she inherited the jail after the death of her slaveholder, she transformed it into “God’s Half Acre,” a school where Black men could fulfill their dreams. It still exists today as Virginia Union University, one of America’s first Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  

 

A book signing will follow the talk. This in-person event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Visit www.facebook.com/LibraryofVA or www.youtube.com/user/LibraryofVA at the time of the event.


The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia through online or in-person events. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. This book will be available soon at the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

Register Here

To purchase books featured in the Weinstein Author Series (once they become available),
please visit The Virginia Shop.

2021 Weinstein Author Series Programs Available for Viewing


Elizabeth Catte - Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

Alexis Coe - You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

Vanessa M. Holden - Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community

Kim Roberts - By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital

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