Virginia Festival of the Book

Saturday, Mar 20, 2021 at 12:00pm

Onilne
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Free

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The Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture… virtually!

In a time when so much remains unpredictable, the 27th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will take place virtually, with a full schedule of engaging discussions for all ages and interests. The majority of our events this year will be held on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook.

Please register in advance for all events you plan to attend, so that you can receive the Zoom link as well as day - of reminders about each event through Eventbrite. By attending Zoom, you will have the chance to add your questions to the conversation, in the majority of our events. If you forget to register, or would prefer not to, you can also watch the majority of our events on Facebook.com/VaBookFest. Specific details about registration and livestreams can be found on individual event pages under Schedule in the menu above.

Schedule:

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Coming of Age in YA Fiction    

Novelists Mahogany Browne (Chlorine Sky), Robin Farmer (Malcolm and Me), and Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have A Girlfriend Until He Gets Into An Ivy League College) discuss their coming - of - age YA novels that grapple with race, social justice, family, friendship, and romance.

2:00pm - 2:45pm: Be Holding: With Ross Gay    

Poet Ross Gay (Be Holding: A Poem) discusses his new book - length poem, which uses basketball and, specifically, a shot Julius Erving took during the 1980 NBA finals, as the baseline for a lyrical meditation touching on pick - up basketball, the Middle Passage, photography and surveillance, music, familial love, and much more. Be Holding, much like Dr. J, performs magic in mid - air. In conversation with Kaveh Akbar.

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Trouble on the Road: S.A. Cosby and Walter Mosley in Conversation    

Crime - writing phenom S.A. Cosby (Blacktop Wasteland) and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Walter Mosley (Blood Grove) discuss their newest books. Cosby presents a “Southern noir twist… a searing operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime”, and Mosley returns to his brilliant Easy Rawlins series with “a crackling, moody, and thrilling race through a California of hippies and tycoons, radicals and sociopaths, cops and grifters, both men and women.”

7:00pm - 8:00pm: Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste    

Nonfiction writers Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains), Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy), and Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret) discuss their investigations into American environmental injustices, from sewage and sanitation management systems that reinforce systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudices, to Flint’s water crisis and other industrial impacts leading to contaminated waters, illness, and loss.

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