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Rita Mae Brown to read from new book at Charlottesville gathering

Charlottesville Reading Series will present poet Raisa Tolchinsky, a University of Virginia master of fine arts alumna, and fiction writer and UVa professor Kevin Moffett at 7 p.m. Friday at New Dominion Bookshop.

Tolchinsky is the author of the poetry collection “Glass Jaw,” which won the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. A student at Harvard Divinity School, she was the 2022-2023 George Bennett Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. She also trained as an amateur boxer.

Moffett, who teaches in the creative writing program at UVa, is the author of two story collections and the Silent History, a narrative app for mobile devices. He also wrote a pair of scripted podcasts, “Sandra” and “The Final Chapters of Richard Brown Winters,” for Gimlet Media.

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New Dominion Bookshop will present a book reading and signing with Rita Mae Brown at 4 p.m. Saturday. Brown will be reading from her new Mrs. Murphy mystery, “Feline Fatale,” which is being released by Bantam.

Brown’s latest mystery in the popular series of collaborations with feline coauthor Sneaky Pie Brown follows Crozet character Mary Minor “Harry” Harristeen as she heads to Richmond to show support for a friend in the House of Delegates. When a page serving the delegates dies under mysterious circumstances, Harry seeks answers with the help of feline sidekicks Mrs. Murphy and Pewter and canine pals Tee Tucker the corgi and Pirate the Irish greyhound.

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

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

■ 10 a.m. Thursday at Central Library: Ballerinas will lead an interactive dance class and storytime exploring “Snow White” to children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers. The program is part of Charlottesville Ballet’s educational and outreach programming in partnership with the Tom Tom Festival.

■ 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library: Next Step: Writing Workshop gives writers a chance to network and build skills. For details, email or call (434) 973-7893, Ext. 4.

■ 7 p.m. Thursday at Greene County Library: All Booked Up Nonfiction Book Chat is a new way for fans of nonfiction to chat every other month. Register ahead of time to learn how to get a copy of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson. The selection meeting to determine the books for the rest of the year also will take place, so bring suggestions.

■ All day Friday at Louisa County Library: The library will be closed Friday for branch staff training day.

■ 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Central Library: Perfecting Your Pets: Storytime & Therapy Dogs, presented in partnership with the Tom Tom Festival, offers stories with a JMRL librarian, a craft station and time with Green Dogs Unleashed representatives and some of their dogs. The program is designed for young children and others who are less acquainted with dogs.

■ 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Central Library: The Heckin’ Good Doggos role-playing game for adults 18 and older will give people a chance to play dog characters who protect their humans from squirrels and other threats. Registration is required, and all experience levels are welcome.

■ 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Central Library: The 2023 documentary “Undivide Us” will be screened as part of the Better Together Film Festival during the National Week of Conversation. A moderated discussion will follow.

■ 1 p.m. Sunday at Central Library: A Community Read event celebrating Women’s History Month and Earth Day will explore this year’s Community Read selection, “ All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis.” Copies are available for free at all JMRL branches while supplies last. Reservations are requested.

■ All day Monday at Scottsville Library: Earth Day Rocks!, an event for children teens and adults, gives visitors a chance to decorate keepsake rocks in honor of Earth Day. There also will be time to take self-guided nature walks on the library grounds.

■ 2 p.m. Monday at Northside Library: Paint a Candle, for ages 16 and older, gives participants time to decorate candles using modern technologies and patterns. Space is limited. Register online at or call (434) 973-7893, Ext. 4.

■ 6:30 p.m. Monday at Crozet Library: Birding for Beginners, for ages 14 and older, is led by Callan Bentley of the Piedmont Virginia Bird Club. Learn how to identify birds wherever you go. Register to get reminders about the event.

■ 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greene County Library: Drop-In Device Help offers visitors time to get questions answered about operative a new phone or laptop. Check in at the front desk to get one-on-one help.

To learn about JMRL programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, go to

Shenandoah National Park has chosen a Charlottesville writer for its 2024 Artist-in-Residence program.

Jo Clark has been selected as August’s artist and will be in the park from Aug. 5 to 26. Clark has a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing and medieval and Renaissance literature from the University of Virginia and is a master of fine arts candidate at Syracuse University, where she teaches undergraduate writing and works for the Salt Hill Journal.

The Artist-in-Residence program will welcome cellist, composer and multidisciplinary artist Lia Pikus in May; painter Megan Evans in July; documentary and contemplative photographer Susan Patrice in September; and songwriter and filmmaker Aimee Bobruk in October.


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