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Authors Clifford Garstang, Kyle Edward Williams signing new books at New Dominion

New Dominion Bookshop will present a book reading and signing with author Clifford Garstang at 7 p.m. Friday.

Garstang will read from “The Last Bird of Paradise,” his new novel, and take part in a conversation with author Jay Kauffmann. WriterHouse is co-sponsoring the free event.

Garstang also is the author of “Oliver’s Travels” and “The Shaman of Turtle Valley.” His short-story collections include “House of the Ancients and Other Stories,” “In an Uncharted Country” and “What the Zhang Boys Know.”

Kauffmann, author of the forthcoming “The Mexican Messiah and Other Stories,” has taught at Randolph College, the University of Virginia and the Miller School of Albemarle. He is a former international model, travel writer and award-winning poet.

The bookshop staff recommends arriving early to get the best seating. Learn more at or call (434) 295-2552.

New Dominion Bookshop also will present a book talk with author Kyle Edward Williams at 7 p.m. Saturday. He will speak about his new book, “Taming the Octopus: The Long Battle for the Soul of the Corporation,” which will be released from Norton.

The new book examines the history of environmental, social and governance investing and how efforts to hold big business accountable ended up changing American capitalism.

Williams serves as senior editor of The Hedgehog Review and is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. Lindsey Hall, the evening’s moderator, is head of ESG Thought Leadership at S&P Global Sustainable1 and hosts the “ESG Insider” podcast.

Bookshop staff members recommend arriving early to get the best seating. For details, go to or call (434) 295-2552.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will offer the following events in the coming week:

4:30 p.m. Thursday at Louisa County Library: Writing Group members meet on the fourth Thursday of each month to read, write, share and discuss writing strategies. Everyone is welcome.

1-5 p.m. Friday at Louisa County Library: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation, especially for people ages 50 and older who cannot afford paid tax preparation. Appointments are required; go to

2 p.m. Friday at Scottsville Library: Kids’ Crochet Class continues; each class is designed for a youngster who brings along an adult to learn, too. All materials are provided.

3:15 p.m. Friday at Gordon Avenue Library: Ballet & Books gives readers ages 6 to 9 time to improve literacy skills through a combination of dance instruction and dialogic reading with UVa students. Registration is required at

1 p.m. Saturday at Scottsville Library: Saturday Cinema: Animal Fun will present a screening of “Homeward Bound” on Saturday. Coming up in the series of films with animal characters will be “Free Willy” on March 2, “Pete’s Dragon” on March 23 and “Babe” on March 30. Previews or special features are included, as is popcorn.

1 p.m. Saturday at Nelson Memorial Library: Saturday is the monthly teen volunteer garden cleanup day, and the music garden needs some sprucing up. Dress appropriately for working outdoors and get ready to have fun while building new skills.

2 p.m. Saturday at Crozet Library: Page Turners, a book club for ages 8 to 11, will talk about “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles” by Julie Andrews Edwards. Pick up a free copy of the book at the library, read it on your own and then get ready to take part in the discussion and fun. Registration is required.

2 p.m. Saturday at Central Library: Students from Charlottesville Ballet Academy will perform and then teach a few dance steps. The event is for ages 5 to 9 and their caregivers. Registration is required. Email with questions.

2 p.m. Saturday at Louisa County Library: Meet award-winning author and activist Charles “Alex-Zan” Alexander during “Black History Fest! Today and Beyond.” There also will be local exhibits and music.

3 p.m. Saturday at Northside Library: Mathemagicians, for ages 11 to 18, is a club focusing on games, puzzles, special sequences, symmetries and other math delights. Snacks are provided. For details, email

1 p.m. Monday at Nelson Memorial Library: Author Travis McDonald, who has spent 34 years working on the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, will speak about his new book, “Poplar Forest: Thomas Jefferson’s Villa Retreat.”

1:30 p.m. Monday at Greene County Library: The Craft Circle, Greene County Library’s newest program, is a new bring-your-own-craft group for the last Monday of each month.

6 p.m. Monday at Crozet Library: “Being Mortal,” a 2015 documentary based on the book by Atul Gawande, will be screened, and there will be a panel discussion featuring Beth Eck of Hospice of the Piedmont, Stephanie Bonney of Panorama Natural Burial and Kate Adamson, an interfaith minister and death doula. Praha Bakery will provide the snacks.

6 p.m. Tuesday at Greene County Library: Cookbook Book Club members will share dishes they’ve prepared from recipes in “The Global Pantry Cookbook: Transform Your Everyday Cooking” by Scott Mowbray and Ann Taylor Pittman. Stop by the library ahead of time; choose your recipe and the staff will copy it for you. Teens are welcome.

11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Louisa County Library: Chair Yoga for Life is a class suitable for new and continuing students.

3:45 p.m. Wednesday at Nelson Memorial Library: Octostudio, for ages 7 to 10, is an opportunity to try out MIT’s latest coding app. Space is limited, so call (434) 263-5904 to register.

6 p.m. Wednesday at Central Library: Silent Book Club gives adults and teens ages 13 and older a chance to enjoy reading in a quiet, friendly setting. Gather at 6 p.m. and get a snack; read on your own from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and then either keep reading or join an optional social time. Registration is recommended so the library can send automatic reminders. It’s a Same Page Community Read event, and someone will win a copy of Rachel Beanland’s “Florence Adler Swims Forever.”

For information, go to Details about events for babies, toddlers and preschoolers is available at


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