2/25/21
Elizabeth Catte
Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia
4/15/21
Kim Roberts
By Broad Potomac's Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital
6/10/21
Vanessa M. Holden
Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community
9/14/21
Karen Cox
No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice
11/17/21
Alexis Coe
You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

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WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES VIRTUAL EVENT: ELIZABETH CATTE

Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia

TimeThursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Please join us online for a talk by author and historian Dr. Elizabeth Catte on her book Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia, a sweeping, unsparing history of eugenics in Virginia, and by extension the United States. Between 1927 and 1979, more than 8,000 people were involuntarily sterilized in five hospitals across the state of Virginia. The state’s 20th-century eugenics program was not the misguided initiative of well-meaning men of the day, but rather a manifestation of white supremacy, a form of employment insurance, a means of controlling “troublesome” women, and a philosophy that helped remove poor people from valuable land.


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 is available to order from 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 VIRTUAL EVENT: KIM ROBERTS

By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital

TimeThursday, April 15, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

To celebrate April as Poetry Month, please join us online for a talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on her book By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital. This comprehensive anthology features poems by both well-known and overlooked poets working and living in the capital from the city's founding in 1800 to 1930. Roberts expertly presents the work of 132 poets, including poems by celebrated DC writers such as Francis Scott Key, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ambrose Bierce, Henry Adams, and James Weldon Johnson, as well as the work of lesser-known poets—especially women, writers of color, and working-class writers. A significant number of the poems are by writers who were born enslaved, such as Fanny Jackson Coppin, T. Thomas Fortune, and John Sella Martin.


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 is available from 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: VANESSA M. HOLDEN

Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community

TimeThursday, June 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationOnline
PriceFree

Please join us for an online talk by author and historian Dr. Vanessa M. Holden on her book Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner's Community. This bold challenge to traditional accounts sheds new light on the places and people surrounding America’s most famous rebellion against slavery. The 1831 Southampton Rebellion led by Nat Turner involved an entire community. Dr. Holden rediscovers the women and children, free and enslaved, who lived in Southampton County before, during, and after the revolt. Mapping the region's multilayered human geography, she draws a fuller picture of the inhabitants, revealing not only their interactions with physical locations but also their social relationships in space and time. Her analysis recasts the Southampton Rebellion as one event that reveals the continuum of practices that sustained resistance and survival among local Black people. To pre-order a copy of the book, sign up here.


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. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov.

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WEINSTEIN AUTHOR SERIES EVENT: KAREN L. COX

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

TimeTuesday, September 14, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Please join us for a talk by author and historian Dr. Karen L. Cox on her book No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice. In this eye-opening narrative of the efforts to raise, preserve, protest, and remove Confederate monuments, Dr. Cox depicts what these statues meant to those who erected them and how a movement arose to force a reckoning. When it comes to Confederate monuments, there is no common ground. Polarizing debates over their meaning have intensified into legislative maneuvering to preserve the statues, legal battles to remove them, and rowdy crowds taking matters into their own hands. These conflicts have raged for well over a century—but they've never been as intense as they are today. Dr. Cox shows the forces that drove white southerners to construct beacons of white supremacy, as well as the ways that anti-monument sentiment, largely stifled during the Jim Crow era, returned with the civil rights movement and gathered momentum in the decades after the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Civil rights activists, Black elected officials, and movements of ordinary people have fought to take the story back. 


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 is available online from 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: ALEXIS COE

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

TimeWednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM–7:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall
PriceFree

Please join us for a talk by historian and New York Times best-selling author Alexis Coe on her book You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington, which takes a closer look at our first president and finds he is not quite the man we remember. Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, caused an international incident, and never backed down—even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War cast him as the nation's hero, he was desperate to retire, but the founders pressured him into the presidency—twice. He left the highest office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty confronted his greatest hypocrisy—what to do with the men, women, and children he owned—before he succumbed to death. Coe’s form-shattering book combines rigorous research and lively storytelling that will have readers—including those who thought presidential biographies were just for dads—inhaling every word.


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 is available online from the Virginia Shop. For more information, contact Dawn Greggs at 804.692.3813 or dawn.greggs@lva.virginia.gov

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