Books on Broad, Thursday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Shields' biography of Kurt Vonnegut will be released in November 2011 by Henry Holt & Co.
On Thursday, July 21 Charles Shields will join us for Books on Broad at the Library of Virginia to discuss the biographical research he conducted on Harper Lee and Kurt Vonnegut. Books on Broad brings readers and writers together in an informal setting. The first 45 minutes of the program is a wine and cheese reception followed by author talk and discussion. Free, secure parking is available under the Library, with access on both 8th and 9th streets. Call the Virginia Shop for more information at 804.692.3524.

Charles Shields spent four years researching and writing Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee (Henry Holt & Co). A former English teacher who taught Harper Lee’s novel for a number of years, he later became a writer of nonfiction books for young people. For Mockingbird, he interviewed over 600 of Harper Lee’s neighbors, childhood friends, law school classmates, and Kansas residents who became her friends while she was helping Truman Capote research In Cold Blood in Kansas.

As a result of Shields’ research into Truman Capote’s papers, the papers of Harper Lee’s agent, and the archives in the courthouse and historical museum in Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, information never before known appears in this insightful portrait of the Pulitzer prize-winning author, who stopped giving interviews in 1964. From her beginnings as an Alabama tomboy, to her novel’s beginnings as a handful of stories, to a rough draft called Atticus, to its present form as one of the most popular books of the 20th century, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird and its author is told here for the first time. Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee was a New York Times bestseller, a Quill Award nominee in the category of biography, a Book-of-the-Month Club alternate, and winner of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award for best biography of 2007.

Shields received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in American history from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He resides in central Virginia with his wife, Guadalupe.

BOOK TALK: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Where: Library of Virginia, Conference Rooms

Authors Ellen F. Brown and John Wiley, Jr. will discuss and sign copies of their new book, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind on Wednesday, March 23rd. This entertaining and informative account traces Gone With the Wind from its origins in the Civil War-era experiences of Mitchell’s relatives through its status today as a pop culture icon that still generates impressive profits for her estate. At the core of the story is Mitchell’s struggle to capture on paper the sights, sounds, and smells of antebellum Georgia and how she dealt with her book’s stunning success.

If you would like a signed copy but are unable to make the event, please pre-order the book, and we will ship it out to you following Ms. Brown and Mr. Wiley’s talk. To ensure prompt handling and delivery of your order, please indicate that you are unable to make the event in the Special Instructions box during checkout. Thank you!

EVENT: To Collect, Protect, and Serve Book Release

When: Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia

Please join us to mark the release of To Collect, Protect, and Serve: Behind the Scenes at the Library of Virginia on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Author Tameka Hobbs will be on hand to sign copies of her book from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

In To Collect, Protect, and Serve, Archie the Archivist, Libby the Librarian, and Connie the Conservator guide young readers through a visit to the Library of Virginia. The book allows children to explore some of the Library’s most important holdings – an early copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Statute for Religious Freedom, and documents connected to famous Virginians like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Edgar Allan Poe. They will learn how archivists, librarians, and conservators battle against the threats to historical documents like the Archival Enemies – Mildred Mold, Bartholomew B. Bug, and Liquid Lenny – to keep Virginia’s history safe for the future.

The first 50 elementary teachers will receive a FREE copy of the book; the Shop will also be offering a special discount to educators throughout the evening.

Hope to see you there!

BOOKS ON BROAD: Soul of a People

When: Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia

David A. Taylor, whose articles have appeared in Smithsonian and the Washington Post, will join us to discuss his book Soul of a People: The WPA Writer’s Project Uncovers Depression America, a 2010 Virginia Literary Awards Finalist. His work was made into a documentary by the Smithsonian Channel, a segment of which will be shown during Books on Broad. Light refreshments (wine and cheese) will be served from 5:30-6:15, followed by author talk and documentary from 6:15-7:15, and book signing from 7:15-7:30.

We hope to see you there!

BOOK TALK: Lafayette

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Where: Library of Virginia, Conference Rooms

Please join us as critically acclaimed author and historian Marc Leepson presents his insightful new account of the great Marquis de Lafayette, whose love of liberty and passionate devotion to American and French independence shine in the pages of history.

His life story is the stuff of legend: born into an aristocratic French family of warriors, Lafayette was made lieutenant in the French Royal Guard at age 14 and then married into the royal family at 16. Enamored with the ideals of the American Revolution, he traveled to the colonies at his own expense to fight alongside his comrades in their battle for freedom and democracy. By age 20, he was commissioned a major general in the Continental Army and was embraced by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who became his lifelong friends.

*If you would like a signed copy of the book but are unable to make the event, please pre-order a copy, and we will ship it out to you following Mr. Leepson’s talk. To ensure prompt handling and delivery of your order, please indicate that you are unable to make the event in the Special Instructions box during checkout. Thank you!

BOOKS ON BROAD: The Raven’s Bride

When: Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: The Virginia Shop at the Library of Virginia

The March installment of Books on Broad will feature Lenore Hart on her latest novel, The Raven’s Bride, about the mysterious and confounding relationship between Edgar Allan Poe and Sissy Clemm, his great love and constant companion. The book explores love, loss, the afterlife, and American literature’s most haunted and demonized literary figure by imagining the real, beating heart of the woman who loved and inspired him—and whose absence ultimately destroyed him. Wine and cheese will be served between 5:30 PM and 6:15 PM and will be followed by Ms. Hart’s talk and discussion until 7:00 PM; the evening will conclude with a book signing from 7:00 PM until 7:30 PM.

We hope to see you there!

EVENT: 2011 African American Trailblazers Program & Reception

When: Thursday, February 24, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Library of Virginia, Lecture Hall & Lobby

Free event but reservations are required as seating is limited! Call 804-692-3900 by February 18th to RSVP. Eight honorees from the past and present – including Henrietta Lacks and civil rights activist John A. Stokes – who have had a significant impact on the history of Virginia will be honored at this celebration. The program begins promptly at 6:00 PM with a reception to follow. 

Sponsored by Capital One. The media sponsor of the 2011 African American Trailblazers in Virginia History is the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

BOOK TALK: The Warmth of Other Suns

When: Friday, February 4, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: Library of Virginia, Lecture Hall

Join us for a talk by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson on The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, her moving masterwork chronicling the migration of nearly six million black citizens from the South to the northern and western cities of the United States between 1915 and 1970.  Using interviews from over a thousand people and previously untapped data and official records, Wilkerson presents a fascinating assessment of how this unrecognized exodus changed the face of America.

To order the book or request more information, please contact us at 804.692.3524 or shop@thevirginiashop.org.