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Poet Matthew Olzmann to read at UVa Thursday

The Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia will present a poetry reading by Matthew Olzmann at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Commonwealth Room at Newcomb Hall. Olzmann will read from poetry he wrote during his time as Rea Visiting Writer in Poetry.

Olzmann is the author of “Constellation Route” and two previous poetry collections, “Mezzanines” and “Contradictions in the Design.” He is senior lecturer of creative writing at Dartmouth College and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

New Dominion Bookshop will present a book talk with author and University of Virginia professor Andrew W. Kahrl at 7 p.m. Friday. He will speak about his new nonfiction book, “The Black Tax: 150 Years of Theft, Exploitation and Dispossession in America,” which will be released this month by University of Chicago Press.

Kahrl, professor of history and African American studies at UVa, specializes in the history of race and inequality in real estate and local tax systems in the United States. He also is the author of “The Land Was Ours: How Black Beaches Became White Wealth in the Coastal South,” which received the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, and “Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Karsh Institute of Democracy. The bookshop staff recommends arriving early to get the best seating. For details, go to or call (434) 295-2552.

New Dominion Bookshop also will present a book talk and signing with author Greg Wrenn at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Wrenn will be speaking about “Mothership: A Memoir of Wonder and Crisis,” which was released from Regalo Press.

The memoir, a queer coming-of-age story by the author of “Centaur,” also offers a deeply researched account of how the author found healing from PTSD through endangered coral reefs and ayahuasca, a psychedelic rainforest tea.

Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will continue its Spring Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Sunday at 300 Albemarle Square at Albemarle Square Shopping Center.

Half-price days will be Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit JMRL, which serves Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties.

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

■ All day Thursday at Gordon Avenue Library: The library will be closed Thursday for a branch staff training day.

■ 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Northside Library: Storytime with Charlottesville Ballet, designed for ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers,will explore the story of “Snow White” through an interactive dance class and storytime featuring professional dancers. Registration is required.

■ 2 p.m. Friday at Crozet Library: “The Philadelphia Story,” the 1940 classic film starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart, will be screened.

■ 3:15 p.m. Friday at Gordon Avenue Library: Ballet and Books, an eight-week program of dance instruction and dialogic reading to promote literacy skills, is for ages 6 to 9. The class is led by University of Virginia students.

■ 10 a.m. Saturday at Gordon Avenue Library: The Plant Swap gives visitors a chance to learn about Gordon Avenue Library’s Tiny Seed Library and learn about gardening from Piedmont Master Gardeners members. If you can’t bring a plant to swap, there often are plenty of plants available, so you can take one home anyway.

■ 1 p.m. Saturday at Central Library: There will be a discussion of Christian Cooper’s book “Better Living Through Birding: Notes from a Black Man in the Natural World.” It’s presented in partnership with Rivanna Master Naturalists. The discussion will include Cooper’s tips for being a successful birder.

■ 1 p.m. Saturday at Scottsville Library: Jody Hobbs Hesler will read from her new collection of short stories, “What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better,” and answer questions about the writing process and getting published. Refreshments will be available, and signed copies of Hesler’s book will be sold.

■ 6:30 p.m. Monday at Crozet Library: Artist Dana Wheeles of Deerhawk Art Studio will explain how to create mandala art as a meditative practice in an event for ages 14 and older. Registration is required.

■ 7 p.m. Monday at Central Library: “Purple: America, We Need to Talk” will be screened as part of the National Week of Conversation. The 2020 film tells the story of Americans with opposing viewpoints who confront their disagreements head-on and discover each other’s humanity.


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