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Bookmarks | Upcoming readings and book-related events in Central Virginia

New Dominion Bookshop will present a book reading and signing with author, comedian and University of Virginia alumnus Mike Albo at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Albo will be reading from “Another Dimension of Us,” his latest young-adult novel, released from Penguin Workshop. The love story follows five poetry-loving teens traveling across the past, present and future in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.

In addition to reading from his new novel, Albo will perform a few of his comedic monologues.

Albo is the author of two other novels, “The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life,” which he wrote with UVa alumna Virginia Heffernan, and “Hornito.” He has written for the New Yorker, New York Magazine, GQ and TED, and he has served as the Critical Shopper columnist for the New York Times.

While at UVa, Albo focused on poetry and worked for the Declaration indie student newspaper.

Hillary Gonzalez, a former Orange County resident, released her debut book of poetry, “Seasons,” on April 2.

The poems in “Seasons” explore themes of grief, love, abuse, bisexuality and the neurodivergent experience. The book and structures them around the four seasons, using them to symbolize different phases of life.

Gonzalez lives in Baltimore.

University of Virginia Library is presenting “Collective Bargaining for the Common Good,” its first exhibition to be curated by first year students, through June 20 in the First-Floor Gallery of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The exhibition explores 22 years of labor advocacy at the university and the Charlottesville area.

Revalation Vineyards also will present author Richard W. Wise at the next Book World Meets Wine World event at 6 p.m. Friday.

Wise will read from his newest novel, “The Dawning: 31,000 B.C.” In the novel, Wise explores what the life and culture of Neanderthals may have been like.

Books will be available for purchase, thanks to Hundred Acre Books in Culpeper, and wine and verjus also may be purchased.

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

4 p.m. Thursday at Crozet Library: Albemarle Ballet Theatre will perform excerpts from the classical ballet “La Bayadere.” Audience members will get an opportunity to learn ballet steps from the dancers. Registration is required for the all-ages event.9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at Crozet Library: Tracks & Trains Playtime is drop-in track-building fun for train fans ages 2 to 5.All daySaturday at JMRL branches: Free Comic Book Day offers free comics for all ages while supplies last at Central, Crozet, Gordon Avenue, Greene, Louisa, Nelson Memorial, Northside and Scottsville libraries. JMRL is teaming up with Hello Comics for the event.All day at Greene County Library: May the 4th Be with You offer opportunities to check out Star Wars books, try Star Wars origami or find the droid moving around the building to answer a trivia question.10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Central Library: The sixth annual How-To Festival gives visitors a chance to learn 30 things in three hours. Topics include basic auto repair, beekeeping, navigating AI, music, movement, tea tasting, Tarot, crafts and financial planning, to name a few.1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Central Library: UVa Health and the American Red Cross will offer free blood pressure screenings and heart health information.3:30 p.m. Monday at Northside Library: GameTime, a board game event for all ages, will provide a variety of games to try. Options may include Clue, Bingo, Guess Who, Headbandz, 5-Minute Mysteries and Shaky Manor. Children and parents are encouraged to play. Registration is not required. Parents and other adults should keep in mind that some games may contain small pieces that could present a choking hazard to small children. Questions? Call the children’s desk at (434) 973-7893, Ext. 5.4 p.m. Monday at Louisa Library: Look for a Super Secret Teen Craft.4:30 p.m. Monday at Nelson Memorial Library: The Teen Advisory Board has planned a Super Secret Crafternoon for ages 11 to 18. The Teen Advisory Board is open to everyone in grades six through 12, and meeting attendance counts toward community service hours.5 p.m. Monday at Central Library: Central Teen Advisory Board offers students ages 11 to 18 the chance to shape programming and spend time with other teens, Snacks are included. For information, email

JMRL offers storytimes and other programs for babies, toddlers and preschools at all locations. Find details at


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