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National Book Award finalist Amber McBride to read at New Dominion Bookshop

New Dominion Bookshop will present a book launch, reading and signing with author and National Book Award finalist Amber McBride at 4 p.m. Saturday.

She will read from her debut poetry collection for adults, “Thick with Trouble,” which Penguin will release this month. The book is about Black womanhood in the American South. Steeped in the Hoodoo spiritual tradition, the collection is organized through reimagined tarot cards. McBride is a professor of English at the University of Virginia and an avid practitioner of Hoodoo.

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

Revalation Vineyards will have a book launch for “The Red Flag Dating Club,” a new romantic comedy series by local author Andi Cumbo, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Cumbo’s book series focuses on a group of women who form a club to help each other identify red flags in each other’s potential dates.

Cumbo also writes as ACF Bookens. At Thursday’s event, she will read from her new work and take part in an interactive question-and-answer session. Visitors will be able to purchase signed copies of the book. A selection of Revelation’s wines and verjus will be available. For information and reservations, email or call (540) 407-1236.

The Charlottesville Reading Series will present readings by author GennaRose Nethercott and poet Ben Sloan at 7 p.m. Friday at New Dominion Bookshop.

Nethercott has written a novel, “Thistlefoot,” and a book-length poem, “The Lumberjack’s Dove,” which Louise Gluck selected as a National Poetry Series winner. Her debut collection of short stories, “Fifty Beasts to Break Your Heart: And Other Stories,” will be released from Vintage this month.

Sloan is a faculty fellow at the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Sloan has taught in prisons for more than 15 years, and he dedicated “Then On Out Into a Cloudless Sky,” his most recent poetry collection, to his students at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women.

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

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

All day Thursday at Nelson Memorial Library: There will be books by author Toni Morrison, who was born in February, and related activities throughout the day as part of Black History Month.

4 p.m. Thursday at Gordon Avenue Library: Bookaroos, a group for readers ages 6 and 7, meets monthly for a snack and book discussion. Each participant gets a free copy of Shannon Hale’s “Princess in Black,” this month’s selection. Registration is required.

6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library: “Next Step: Writing Workshop” gives writers a space for networking and support. For details, contact Maureen Spokes at or (434) 973-7893, Ext. 4.

All day Friday at Nelson Memorial Library: The library will be closed Friday for all-day staff training. All other JMRL branches will be open.

1-5 p.m. Friday at Louisa County Library: AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation. Appointments required at

2 p.m. Friday at Scottsville Library: Kids’ Crochet Class continues for youngsters and the adults who accompany them. All materials are provided.

10 a.m. Saturday at Scottsville Library: Travel the World gives visitors a chance to share travel adventures and receive travel tips from fellow community members. Travel books and refreshments will be available.

1 p.m. Saturday at Nelson Memorial Library: A genealogy class with instructor Deborah Harvey will help people learn steps to trace their family histories. Saturday’s topic is “Understanding Census Records.”

2 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Avenue Library: Students from Charlottesville Ballet Academy will perform and then teach dance moves to children ages 5 to 9 and their caregivers. Registration is requested. Email with questions.

4 p.m. Saturday at Bluebird & Co. in Crozet: Sadie Adams, Crozet’s teen poet laureate, is hosting the Poetry Slam performance and competition for ages 14 to adults. The winner gets a prize from Bluebird & Co.

All JMRL branches will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day.

11 a.m. Tuesday at Northside Library: “Getting Started with Libby” will teach visitors how to use JMRL’s ebook platform to borrow and renew items, place holds and download ebooks to Kindle devices. Registration is required. Contact Maureen Spokes at or (434) 973-7893, Ext. 4, with questions.

6 p.m. Tuesday at Central Library: Lorenzo Dickerson and Jordy Yager, the co-writers and co-directors of “Raised/Razed,” will be on hand for a screening of the local documentary in the third-floor Swanson Room. They will discuss the making of the film and answer questions. The free event is presented by Preservation Piedmont, Albemarle-Charlottesville Historical Society and JMRL.

6 p.m. Wednesday at Central Library: The “Investment Goals for Retirement” workshop will cover setting goals for retirement investment accounts and making plans to meet those goals. Registration is required to attend virtually.

All JMRL locations offer programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. To learn more about programs, go to


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