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UVa to host grand opening of renamed Shannon Library Thursday

The Edgar Shannon Library at the University of Virginia, formerly Alderman Library, will begin its grand opening with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday. The open house will include interactive demonstrations, virtual reality, special displays of library collections and other offerings.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, there will be remarks by University librarian John Unsworth, UVa President Jim Ryan, state Sen. Creigh Deeds, Vice Rector Carlos Brown, professor Larry Sabato; professor emeritus Jerome McGann and Lois Shannon, a member of the Shannon family.

The public is welcome at a reception at 5 p.m. in the Z Society Reading Room on the second floor. Refreshments will be provided.

New Dominion Bookshop will present a book reading and signing with author, spoken-word artist and hip-hop educator Tony Keith Jr. at 7 p.m. Saturday. He will read from “How the Boogeyman Became a Poet,” his new memoir in verse, which was released from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins in February.

The event is co-sponsored by Flux Poetry and Spoken Word.

Keith’s young-adult memoir traces his journey from a closeted gay Black teen fighting racism, poverty and homophobia to an openly gay first-generation college student who discovers freedom in poetry.

The bookshop staff recommends arriving early to get the best seating.

Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will present its Spring Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday through April 14 at 300 Albemarle Square at Albemarle Square Shopping Center.

A pre-sale is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for JMRL members. Memberships are available online at, and they can be purchased or renewed at the door.

Scanners will not be allowed at the pre-sale or between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Half-price days will be April 13 and 14.

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

Revalation Vineyards will welcome veterinarian Dr. Melinda McCall, author of the memoir “Driving Home Naked,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday. McCall will share stories from her career as a veterinarian in Louisa County and participate in question-and-answer time with the audience.

There will be a selection of Revalation wines and non-alcoholic verjus.

McCall was raised on a dairy farm in Southwest Virginia, and she has cared for animals in 15 Central Virginia counties. She lives in Louisa with her daughter and their border collie, Cap.

Bluebird + Co. will present an author event with Earl Swift, who will speak about his new book, “Hell Put to Shame: The 1921 Murder Farm Massacre and the Horror of America’s Second Slavery,” at 4 p.m. Sunday at 5792 Three Notch’d Road in Crozet. Light refreshments will be served.

Swift’s new work of narrative nonfiction tells the story of 11 Black farmhands who were killed on a Georgia plantation in 1921. The case exposed the existence of the “peonage system,” a form of legal enslavement created after the Civil War.

Among Swift’s other books are “Chesapeake Requiem,” “Across the Airless Wilds,” “Auto Biography,” “The Big Roads” and “Journey on the James.”

The event is free, but reservations are required at

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.


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