February 20 Bookmarks | Books


New Dominion Bookstore will present a reading and dedication with Maud Casey at 4 p.m. Saturday. She will read excerpts from her new book, “City of Incurable Women”, which is published by Bellevue Literary Press.

Casey, winner of the Italian Calvino Prize, the St. Francis College Literary Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship, is the author of five fiction books and one non-fiction work, “The Art of Mystery: The Search for Questions”.

Bookstore staff recommend arriving early for the best seating. For more details, visit ndbookshop.com or dial (434) 295-2552.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will feature a virtual screening of two short films by Maupintown Media founder Lorenzo Dickerson, followed by a discussion. The event, presented by Northside Library, begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; register on jmrl.org.

“Byrdland: From Being Property to Owning Property” tells the story of five formerly enslaved siblings of the Byrd family who teamed up to buy land from their former slave owner. Descendants of the family continue to live on this property.

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“The Coachman” tells the story of Warren Dickerson, a resident of Albemarle County, who lived from 1887 to 1946.

Launching community playback on the same page of JMRL is set from 1 to 3 p.m. on February 27 on the porch of the Central Library.

There will be craft activities, StoryCorps One Small Step bingo games and refreshments. It’s also your chance to get a free copy of “We Are Not Free” by Traci Chee, which is this year’s selection of Same Page Community Read books. Find all the details on jmrl.org/same page.

Madison County Author Chuck Blethen published “The World’s Largest Collection of Country Wine Recipes”. His book can introduce oenophile readers to local wines, a category of single-varietal wines.

Blethen has spent two years collecting and organizing the recipes, and he shares his 40 years of experience in country winemaking techniques to help enthusiasts make their own wines from flowers, berries, wild fruits, of honey, herbs and other ingredients. He won a silver medal last fall at the Asheville Amateur Wine Competition for one of his favorite country wines, which is made from carrots.

Jennifer Ackerman, author of “The Genius of Birds,” will participate in a virtual event on the Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Live Channel and Facebook at 6 p.m. Thursday. She will delve into the mysteries of the avian brain in honor of the 25th anniversary of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs until Monday.

Learn to Watch Wildlife Program center.org/events.

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