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CANCELED: Virginia Festival of the Book Watch Events
March 18 - March 20
WATCH PARTY EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. ALL EVENTS ARE ONLINE – SO BOOK FANS CAN WATCH ANYWHERE ONLINE – LINKS BELOW.
Join us in Dairy Market’s Brick Cellar, March 18-20th, for free screenings of the Virginia Festival of the Book‘s virtual events! Grab lunch from the Dairy Market to enjoy in the Brick Cellar as we broadcast the virtual discussions of three exciting 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book titles.
Friday, March 18th, 12-1pm — Sowing Care and Justice
Co-editors Mai-Linh Hong and Chrissy Yee Lau and contributor Valerie Soe (The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice) discuss the work of the Auntie Sewing Squad, a massive mutual-aid network of volunteers who created and distributed free masks to the most vulnerable and most neglected communities across the country. The Auntie Sewing Squad speaks back to the history of exploited immigrant labor as it enacts an intersectional commitment to public health for all, and this collection of essays and ephemera, documents their work. In discussion with Alissa Ujie Diamond.
Saturday, March 19th, 12-1pm — Bodies in Space & Time: Identity in Sci-Fi & Speculative Fiction
Ryka Aoki (Light from Uncommon Stars), Micaiah Johnson (The Space Between Worlds), and Lincoln Michel (The Body Scout) discuss the explorations of race, gender, and identity posed in their science fiction and speculative fiction novels, asking what aspects of being human are universal—even for cyborgs, interstellar aliens, and multiverse explorers. In conversation with Emma Ito.
Sunday, March 20th, 12-1pm — Making Sense of the World, Making Sense of Ourselves: Graphic Memoirs
Courtney Cook (The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces) and Laura Gao (Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American) explore how growing up and living life is hard enough, let alone with the added spotlight of a pandemic or the effects of borderline personality disorder. These graphic memoirs are at once incredibly unique and universally accessible in their examination of how individuals make sense of the world and themselves.
To learn more about the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book, visit vabook.org