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Bookmarks | New books include a thriller and a children's book about resilience

Charlottesville author John Rimel has released a new novel that examines the price of loyalty.

“The Code of the Road,” Rimel’s debut novel, is described as a “psychological, rock ‘n’ roll thriller” that follows two Charlottesville brothers in a 1970 Southern rock band on the rise and their twin roadies. Brothers Jack and Jimmy Cassidy of the band Jackknife and roadies Zeke and Samson Steele also have to contend with a serial killer in their midst, whom a Rolling Stone journalist is trying to expose and stop.

Goochland County author Liz Liverman has released a new children’s book to help young readers manage strong emotions through mindfulness.

“Chocolate Chip & Cookie and the Scary Bug” follows best friends Chocolate Chip the donkey and Cookie the mini-pony as Cookie falls ill with the “scary bug” and the buddies must spend time apart.

The first-time author released her book on Nov. 24. Her own donkey and pony inspired the characters, who offer children tools for building resilience and finding ways to manage uncertainty and fear.

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

10:15 a.m. Saturday at Northside Library: Daisy, a licensed therapy dog, will be waiting to listen to young readers reading aloud as part of the Paws to Read program. Bring your own book to read from or select one at the library. Daisy also will listen to young people who’d like to practice oral presentations or speaking in a foreign language. Call Northside’s children’s desk at (434) 973-7893, Ext. 5, to sign up for a 15-minute slot.

11 a.m. Saturday at Crozet Library: Hank the registered therapy dog will be on hand to listen while young readers reading aloud. Sign up for a 15-minute slot by calling (434) 823-4050.

3 p.m. Saturday at Northside Library: Mathemagicians is a club for ages 11 to 18 that tackles all kinds of puzzles, sequences, riddles and math problems. Here’s your chance to tackle the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s triangle, Catalan numbers and symmetries. Snacks will be provided.

2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gordon Avenue Library: Children ages 4 and older are invited to stop by with their grownups and take part in short, fun activities as part of new and ongoing studies with researchers from the Child Development Labs at the University of Virginia. No registration is required.

4 p.m. Wednesday at Crozet Library: Studio for the Performing Arts will present excerpts of “The Nutcracker,” danced by Albemarle Ballet Theatre students, and a reading of the story by E.T.A. Hoffman. Registration is requested.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Central Library: All ability levels are welcome to try gentle somatic yoga. Registration is appreciated, but not required. A limited number of yoga mats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning with registrants.

Central Library will take part in the Elves in Cville Scavenger Hunt, which is part of the Friends of Charlottesville Downtown’s Magic on the Mall festivities. Pick up a North Pole Pass and get a stamp at the front desk; then you’ll need to find Cinder, Central Library’s Scout Elf, somewhere in the library.

All JMRL branches offer programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Learn more at

Bluebird & Co. in Crozet will welcome Charlottesville author Emily Thiede at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The event will mark the release of “This Cursed Light,” Thiede’s second book in The Last Finestra Series.

She will discuss the work with Ivelisse Housman. She also will answer questions from audience members and sign copies of her new book. Copies can be pre-ordered at Copies available on the day of the event will be limited and may sell out.

Thiede, a former public school teacher, is vice chair of the board for WriterHouse. She also is the author of “This Vicious Grace.”


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