Writing the American Story: Diverse Voices in Distinguished Books

2017 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award recipients Peter Ho Davies (The Fortunes), Tyehimba Jess (Olio), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures), accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove, will share their writing and insights about race and culture, with a particular focus on the August 2017 events that took place in Charlottesville.

This discussion of their work, reflections on obstacles to racial justice, and writing that helps make the American story a complete story will be the official closing program of the Festival, and seeks to support and celebrate diversity while working towards understanding the invasive and structural roots of racism. Following the discussion, speakers will welcome audience questions. Book sales and signing will follow.

Located in Charlottesville's historic Jefferson School City Center, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center features a permanent historical exhibit, a rotating contemporary art gallery, and a robust calendar of events, all of which combine to highlight Charlottesville's African American history and culture of the African diaspora. more