The Virginia Festival of the Book begins on March 18, and among the many panels, presentations, and discussions on the schedule are a number of programs with ties to the University of Virginia Library.
On Thursday, March 19 at 4 p.m. Ervin Jordan will moderate the panel discussion “Women of the Civil War: Uncovering Their Lives and Letters.” Jordan is an associate professor and research archivist in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, and an expert on the African-American experience in Virginia and at U.Va. He is also the editor of 150 Years Ago This Month: A Civil War Blog, which features letters and diary entries from the Civil War manuscript holdings in Special Collections.
Also on March 19, at 2 p.m., Marc Leepson and Seymour Schwartz will present “Early American Lives: Francis Scott Key and Cadwaller Colden” in the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library. Dr. Schwartz is a friend of the U.Va. Library whose significant map collection has been pledged to the Library and was featured in “On the Map,” an exhibit showcasing highlights of the collection. Leepson and Schwartz will be signing books after the discussion, and Special Collections curator David Whitesell will be on hand to display items from Special Collections relating to the presentation.
Jean Cooper, librarian for content access and research (and genealogical resources specialist), will be exhibiting at the Book Fair on Saturday, March 21. Jean’s Shortwood Press is displaying Billy Wayson’s Martha Jefferson Randolph: Republican Daughter & Plantation Mistress. Mr. Wayson is also featured on the “Histories of Local Virginians” panel. The Book Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features dozens of participating exhibitors.
Curator Molly Schwartzburg of the Small Special Collections Library and Barbara Heritage of the Rare Book School will host a tour and gallery talk on the Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books exhibit. The tour will follow From Printer to Programmer, Publisher & Poet: A conversation about poetry and digital books, a discussion on the art of the multi-touch digital book. The program will take place in Cityspace on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall on Sunday March 22, beginning at 1 p.m.
In addition, the department of Environmental Sciences is hosting two events on Friday, March 20 in the Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library, and the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library hosts a full slate of programs over the course of the Festival.