Festival of the Book sneak peek, August Wilson biographer at New Dominion and more

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum at the University of Virginia will be hosting writer and curator John Kean this Saturday at 11 a.m. Kean will be reading from his new book, “Dot Circle & Frame: The Making of Papunya Tula Art,” which explores the innovations of the “gang of four” Aboriginal artists that led to a new form of desert art. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the museum shop, and Kean will be signing copies after his talk. More information can be found at kuge-ruhe.org or by calling (434) 243-8500.

The Virginia Center for the Book will be hosting “Reads & Reveals – The 2023 Book Bash” on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. This event offers a sneak peek at what’s to come for the 30th anniversary of the Virginia Festival of the Book in 2024. Attendees can enjoy a jazz trio, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and participate in a live auction of book-related gifts and experiences. Tickets for this event range from $40 to $45 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. More details can be found at vabookcenter.org.

Jesse Ball, an author of 15 books and winner of prestigious prizes such as The Paris Review’s Plimpton Prize for Fiction and the Gordon Burn Prize, will be featured at the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program’s event. Ball will be the Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence and will be reading from his work at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the Commonwealth Room in Newcomb Hall at UVa. Light refreshments will be served after the reading. For more information about Jesse Ball and the event, visit https://uvacwp.org.

New Dominion Bookshop will be hosting an author event with Christopher Rowe on Saturday at 7 p.m. Rowe will be reading from his new novel, “The Navigating Fox,” which was released by Tordotcom. The event will include a conversation with author Alix E. Harrow. Rowe is known for his acclaimed story collection “Telling the Map” and has been a finalist for prestigious awards such as the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy. The event is free, but it is recommended to arrive early for the best seating. More information can be found at ndbookshop.com or by calling (434) 295-2552.

Patti Hartigan’s reading and signing at New Dominion Bookshop has been rescheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Hartigan, an award-winning journalist and University of Virginia graduate, will be reading from her book “August Wilson: A Life.” The event is free, and author and director Leslie M. Scott-Jones will join in a conversation with Hartigan. It is advised to arrive early for seating. For more information, visit ndbookshop.com or call (434) 295-2552.

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has several book-related events scheduled for the upcoming week. These include interactive storytime and dance classes with the Charlottesville Ballet, a dinosaur-themed event for children and teens, a COVID vaccine clinic, a workshop on creating healthy bath salts, and various writing workshops and storytime sessions. More information about these events can be found at jmrl.org.

Local author Emily L Emery has recently published a children’s book titled “Diamond in the Rock.” The book encourages readers to recognize the importance of inner value rather than solely focusing on outward monetary value. Emery, a Las Vegas native, draws on her experience as one of 14 children and a mother of two in creating this meaningful story.

Original Story at dailyprogress.com – 2023-11-02 12:15:00

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