WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: ZACHARY WOOD
My Life & Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black & White America
Join us for the first event of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. Zachary R. Wood, a columnist and assistant opinion editor at The Guardian and a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at the Wall Street Journal, will discuss his powerful memoir, Uncensored, which offers his perspective on free speech, race, and dissenting opinions. Wood grew up poor and black in Washington, DC, where the only way to survive was resisting the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds and perspectives. By sharing his troubled upbringing—from a difficult early childhood to the struggles of code-switching between his home and his elite private school—Wood makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others and presents a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: KHIZR KHAN
An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
Charlottesville-based author Khizr Khan joins us as part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series to discuss his book An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice, the story of one family’s pursuit of the American dream. The Muslim American Gold Star father and captivating speaker electrified viewers around the world when he took the stage at the 2016 Democratic National Convention and offered to lend Donald Trump his own much-read and dog-eared pocket Constitution. In this timeless immigrant story, we learn that Khan, the oldest of 10 children born to farmers in Pakistan, was a university student who read the Declaration of Independence and was awestruck by what might be possible in life. He was a diligent young family man who worked two jobs to save enough money to put himself through Harvard Law School. He was a loving father who, having instilled in his children the ideals that brought him and his wife to America—the sense of shared dignity and mutual responsibility—tragically lost his son, an army captain killed while protecting his base camp in Iraq. He is a fierce advocate for the rights, dignities, and values enshrined in the American system. An American Family shows us who Khan and millions of other American immigrants are, and why—especially in these tumultuous times—we must not be afraid to step forward for what we believe in when it matters most. Reception at 5:30 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM. A book signing will follow the talk. This event complements the Library’s current exhibition, New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or email@example.com.
WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: THOMAS P. KAPSIDELIS
After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings
Join us for the launch of award-winning journalist Thomas Kapsidelis's new book, After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings, and a panel discussion on the topic, part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. The book examines the decade after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre through the experiences of survivors and community members who advocated for reforms in gun safety, campus security, trauma recovery, and mental health. Reaching beyond policy implications, After Virginia Tech illuminates personal accounts of recovery and resilience that can offer a ray of hope to millions of Americans concerned about the consequences of gun violence. Kapsidelis conducted research for the book at the Library of Virginia during his stint as a Virginia Humanities Research Fellow. Joining him in the discussion are Elizabeth Hilscher, the mother of one of the students killed at Virginia Tech and a member of the State Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Sarah Kleiner, a reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, who has covered mental health issues in Virginia. Reception at 5:30 PM, program 6:00–7:00 PM. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: BRAD PARKS
The Last Act
Kick off the summer reading season with a talk on the latest crime thriller from international best-selling author Brad Parks, part of the 2019 Carole Weinstein Author Series. A former journalist with the Washington Post, Parks is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia—and the only writer to have won all three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes: the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty awards. His latest book, The Last Act, tells the story of a fading Broadway star who goes undercover for the FBI, spending months in prison acting as a failed bank robber in an attempt to take down a Mexican drug cartel. If he’s successful, the FBI will give him $300,000—more than enough to jumpstart a new life. But does he have what it takes to pull off one final role? The novel “packs on the suspenseful surprises and plot reversals that made Parks a mainstay on the best-seller lists,” according to Library Journal. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or email@example.com.
WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES: MICHAEL W. TWITTY
The Cooking Gene:
A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Author Michael W. Twitty joins us to discuss his award-winning book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. A renowned culinary historian, he offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom. Twitty suggests that healing may come from embracing the discomfort of the southern past—and that food has the power to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together. The program begins at 5:30 PM with a light reception. The talk begins at 6:00 PM, with a book signing to follow. The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres. For more information, contact Emma Ito at 804.692.3726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.