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Revalation Vineyards to host author Brendan Slocumb for Q&A

Revalation Vineyards will present a special edition of its monthly book club at 6 p.m. Friday. Brendan Slocumb, author of “Symphony of Secrets,” will attend the club’s discussion of his novel and take part in a question-and-answer session.

Slocumb will discuss the research and themes behind his novel, which dives into cultural appropriation, the erasure of contributions by Black artists and the importance of recognizing true genius. His novel focuses on a music professor who discovers that some of the most iconic works attributed to a major American composer actually were penned by a Black musician from the Jazz Age. During his quest for the truth, the professor faces threats and opposition from a secretive organization determined to hide the facts.

The event is free. For information, go to revalationvineyards.com or call (540) 407-1236.

The Virginia Festival of the Book continues through Sunday in a variety of Charlottesville locations. A full schedule is available at vabook.org.

This festival’s 2024 Carol Troxell Reader is Dwight Garner, a popular New York Times critic who has released a memoir, “The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reding About Eating and Eating While Reading.” The Carol Troxell Reader honors the memory of Troxell, who owned New Dominion Bookshop for 30 years.

The festival also teams up with the Southern Environmental Law Center each year to present the Reed Environmental Writing Award. The winners for 2024 are Emily Strasser, David Folkenflik, Mario Ariza and Miranda Green, who will receive their awards at 5 p.m. Friday at the CODE Building. The free event is open to the public and will be streamed online.

Highland will present Diane Flynt, author of “Wild, Tamed, Lost, Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South,” at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Flynt will take part in a conversation with Sara Bon-Harper s part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, and Albemarle Ciderworks will present a free cider tasting.

Learn more at highland.org.

The Arts Center in Orange will present “Poetry Reading, Art and Tea” at 2 p.m. March 30 in connection with “The Ekphrastic Exhibition,” which features poems by poets in the Poetry Society of Virginia and artworks by artists from Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle.

The exhibition’s participating poets are Steve Bucher, Stacy Clair, Cherryl T. Cooley, Jae Dyche, Cathy Hailey, Michelle O’Hearn, David Anthony Sam, Julia Travers, Jenna Veasey and Ellen Penn Berry. The artists include Lee Barker, John Berry, Pat Brodowski, Ellen Copeland, Kitty Dodd, Lea Doise, V-Anne Evans, Jane Goodman, Kate Kraus, Jon Perry, Claudia Wisdom-Good and Trish Crowe.

Learn more at artscenterinorange.com.

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

■ 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Greene County Library: Storytime with Charlottesville Ballet, designed for ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers, includes an interactive dance class and storytime featuring professional dancers. Registration is required.

■ 6:30 p.m. Thursday: “Finding Your Voice: YA Fiction Pizza Party,” a Virginia Festival of the Book event for teens, brings in novelists Don P. Hooper, Sarah Mughal Rana and Kelly Ann Jacobson to discuss “Hope Ablaze” and “Robin and Her Misfits.”

■ 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library: Sharon Harrigan of WriterHouse will lead “Writing Your Family’s Story: Five Different Ways,” a Same Page Community Read event. Harrigan will discuss memoir writing with memoir authors Sharon Hostler, Erin James and Rowena Zimmerman.

■ 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Central Library: The annual Book Swap offers readers a chance to bring in gently used books and take home something new to them.

■ 11 a.m. Saturday at Crozet Library: Visit the Plant Propagation Station to learn how to propagate plants and take a cutting home to plant.

■ 1 p.m. Saturday at Central Library: “Heart, Spunk, Magic, Chutzpah: Courageous Girls” is a Virginia Festival of the Book event focusing on books for middle grades.

■ 1 p.m. Saturday at Northside Library: Susan Schwartz will speak about her latest book, “Haunted Inns and Hotels of Virginia.” Register online at www.jmrl.org.

■ 4:30 p.m. Monday at Nelson Memorial Library: Teens can make handmade cards using Cricut Expression, an older generation of the Cricut machine brand.

■ 6 p.m. Monday at Gordon Avenue Library: Community Coloring Night is for ages 10 to adults. Coloring pages, pencils and markets will be provided; bring your own supplies if you prefer. Registration is optional.

■ 6:30 p.m. Monday at Northside Library: Grown-Up Game Night is for ages 18 and older. March’s featured board game, Wingspan, will be taught.

■ 6:30 p.m. Monday at Crozet Library: “Barbie” is the Movie Night feature, and wearing pink is encouraged. The event is for ages 13 and older. Registration is requested but not required.

■ 1 p.m. Tuesday at Central Library: Representatives of the Red Cross and a registered nurse will be on hand to provide free blood pressure screenings and heart health information.

■ 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greene County Library: The Craft Circle, a bring-your-own-craft gathering encouraging community and creativity, is Greene County Library’s newest program.

■ 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crozet Library: Stitches Handcraft Group for ages 8 to adult offers time to work on craft projects and socialize.

■ 6 p.m. Tuesday at Greene County Library: Cookbook Book Club members will share dishes prepared from this month’s featured cookbook, “Justice of the Pies: Sweet and Savory Pies, Quiches and Tarts + Inspirational Stories from Exceptional People” by Maya-Camille Broussard.

For JMRL’s baby, toddler and preschooler programs, go to https://jmrl.org/kids.

Source: www.dailyprogress.com

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