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Kids' Book Origin Stories
Join the Familius Publishing team to explore where kids’ book ideas come from and how authors and publishers work together to bring these stories to life.
2021-05-08T11:00:00Z 2021-05-08T11:45:00Z America/New_York Kids%27+Book+Origin+Stories https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Diode Editions Hour
Poetry Panel with Diode Editions Publisher
2021-05-08T11:05:00Z 2021-05-08T12:05:00Z America/New_York Diode+Editions+Hour https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Bridgette Fowler and Grow With Me Poetry!
Mini poetry workshop for kids!
2021-05-08T11:10:00Z 2021-05-08T11:25:00Z America/New_York Bridgette+Fowler+and+Grow+With+Me+Poetry%21 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Michael Leannah Reads a Story about a Daddy and His Daughter
Goodnight Whispers is a heartwarming story about a father's love for his daughter and the power of affirmation.
2021-05-08T11:25:00Z 2021-05-08T11:40:00Z America/New_York Michael+Leannah+Reads+a+Story+about+a+Daddy+and+His+Daughter https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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The Little i Who Lost His Dot
A Language Is Fun! Book. Learn about capitalization with Kimberlee Gard.
2021-05-08T11:40:00Z 2021-05-08T11:55:00Z America/New_York The+Little+i+Who+Lost+His+Dot https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Middle Grade Magic
Middle-grade author panel about why this genre is important and how it can be used to develop children who love to read into curious and compassionate adults.
2021-05-08T11:45:00Z 2021-05-08T12:30:00Z America/New_York Middle+Grade+Magic https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Channel 6's Nikki-Dee Ray Presents Her Forthcoming Book
Laura-Leigh Learns about Storms Is coming in June. Get a sneak peek.
2021-05-08T11:55:00Z 2021-05-08T12:10:00Z America/New_York Channel+6%27s+Nikki-Dee+Ray+Presents+Her+Forthcoming+Book https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Poetry and Publishing
Publishing poetry can be a unique endeavor. Join our poets in exploring the many different avenues they’ve taken to publication.
2021-05-08T12:05:00Z 2021-05-08T12:50:00Z America/New_York Poetry+and+Publishing https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Ashley Marie Mireles
Mireles works in publishing and is the author of 10 books for children including Proud to be Latino: Food/Comida and Little Fingers Ballet
2021-05-08T12:10:00Z 2021-05-08T12:25:00Z America/New_York Ashley+Marie+Mireles https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Family Tree Activity
Judy Gilliam leads a mini-workshop for kids on all the different kinds of family trees we can have! She is the author of Florence and Her Fantastic Family Tree.
2021-05-08T12:25:00Z 2021-05-08T12:40:00Z America/New_York Family+Tree+Activity https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Telling the Truth with Fiction
Multi-award winning authors discuss how they honor the legacies of real people by sharing their stories in fiction.
2021-05-08T12:30:00Z 2021-05-08T13:15:00Z America/New_York Telling+the+Truth+with+Fiction https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Stephanie Parwulski reads Gloria's Hope Tree
Reading
2021-05-08T12:40:00Z 2021-05-08T12:55:00Z America/New_York Stephanie+Parwulski+reads+Gloria%27s+Hope+Tree https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Michael Kleber-Diggs Reads from Worldly Things
Worldly Things is the 2020 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize Winner selected by Henri Cole. His work has appeared in Lit Hub, the Rumpus, Rain Taxi, and McSweeney’s.
2021-05-08T12:50:00Z 2021-05-08T13:05:00Z America/New_York Michael+Kleber-Diggs+Reads+from+Worldly+Things https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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A Spring Stroll in the City
Author Cathy Goldberg Fishman and illustrator Melanie Hall take us on a walk through a city much like Richmond!
2021-05-08T12:55:00Z 2021-05-08T13:10:00Z America/New_York A+Spring+Stroll+in+the+City https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Danny Caine Reads from Flavortown
Caine’s poetry has appeared in ​LitHub, DIAGRAM, and Hobart. He is the author of the book How To Resist Amazon and Why. He owns Raven Book Store in Kansas.
2021-05-08T13:05:00Z 2021-05-08T13:20:00Z America/New_York Danny+Caine+Reads+from+Flavortown https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Drawing Demonstration with Elizabeth Zunon
Zunon’s illustrations are influenced by her childhood on the Ivory Coast. Watch the magic of art and be inspired to create and share your own!
2021-05-08T13:10:00Z 2021-05-08T13:25:00Z America/New_York Drawing+Demonstration+with+Elizabeth+Zunon https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Framing History Through Fiction
Open a window to the past with these authors and hear how historical fiction can be used to inform the readers of today.
2021-05-08T13:15:00Z 2021-05-08T14:00:00Z America/New_York Framing+History+Through+Fiction https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Dr. Martina McGowan Reads from “i am the rage”
Dr. McGowan is a gynecologist who treats underserved women. Her debut poetry collection is a poetic and poetic prose exploration of living inside injustice.
2021-05-08T13:20:00Z 2021-05-08T13:35:00Z America/New_York Dr.+Martina+McGowan+Reads+from+%E2%80%9Ci+am+the+rage%E2%80%9D https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Nikki Bergstresser presents "Seasons for Stones"
Seasons for Stones
2021-05-08T13:25:00Z 2021-05-08T13:40:00Z America/New_York Nikki+Bergstresser+presents+%22Seasons+for+Stones%22 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Jorge Mendez Spoken Word Performance
Mendez is an author, musician, and spoken word artist based out of Hampton Roads. He released 3 Hip-Hop independent albums before graduating to spoken word.
2021-05-08T13:35:00Z 2021-05-08T13:50:00Z America/New_York Jorge+Mendez+Spoken+Word+Performance+ https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Counting and Bedtime In The City with J.B. Frank!
Reading
2021-05-08T13:40:00Z 2021-05-08T13:55:00Z America/New_York Counting+and+Bedtime+In+The+City+with+J.B.+Frank%21+ https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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torrin a. greathouse, Ballard Spahr Prize winner
torrin a. greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk, & MFA candidate at the U of Minnesota. Their work is published in POETRY, Ploughshares, & The Kenyon Review.
2021-05-08T13:50:00Z 2021-05-08T14:05:00Z America/New_York torrin+a.+greathouse%2C+Ballard+Spahr+Prize+winner https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Kids' Money Talk with Jimia Jones
Reading
2021-05-08T13:55:00Z 2021-05-08T14:10:00Z America/New_York Kids%27+Money+Talk+with+Jimia+Jones https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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KaNikki Jakarta, Alexandria's Poet Laureate, reads
Jakarta is the first Black woman Poet Laureate of Alexandria and a favorite of Fountain Bookstore and the Festival sponsors!
2021-05-08T14:05:00Z 2021-05-08T14:20:00Z America/New_York KaNikki+Jakarta%2C+Alexandria%27s+Poet+Laureate%2C+reads https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Janet Halfmann Presents The Clothesline Code
This nonfiction kids' book is about Lucy Ann & Dabney Walker: a forgotten-to-history story about a Virginian African American spy couple during the Civil War.
2021-05-08T14:10:00Z 2021-05-08T14:25:00Z America/New_York Janet+Halfmann+Presents+The+Clothesline+Code https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Page vs. Stage
Some poets prefer to write; some prefer to perform; some enjoy both. Dive into the similarities and differences with some legendary poets of all kinds.
2021-05-08T14:20:00Z 2021-05-08T15:05:00Z America/New_York Page+vs.+Stage https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Daddy Time! With Zack Bush
Zack Bush reads from Made for Me about a father's love for his child. When not writing, Zack is busy managing his Miami nightclub in the heart of Little Havana.
2021-05-08T14:25:00Z 2021-05-08T14:40:00Z America/New_York Daddy+Time%21++With+Zack+Bush https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Poe Museum's Dean Knight
Reading
2021-05-08T14:40:00Z 2021-05-08T14:55:00Z America/New_York Poe+Museum%27s+Dean+Knight https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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The Path to Publication
There are as many ways to get published as there are authors in the world, so join us to gain some perspective on a variety of paths to publication.
2021-05-08T14:45:00Z 2021-05-08T15:30:00Z America/New_York The+Path+to+Publication https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Julie Conner, Special Education Teacher, Presents "It's My Time To Fly"
Julie truly hopes this book will be an inspiration to others, imparting the message that it is okay for metamorphosis to take place at an individual pace!
2021-05-08T14:55:00Z 2021-05-08T15:10:00Z America/New_York Julie+Conner%2C+Special+Education+Teacher%2C+Presents+%22It%27s+My+Time+To+Fly%22 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Screening of Traumedy and Discussion
Screening and Panel
2021-05-08T15:05:00Z 2021-05-08T16:30:00Z America/New_York Screening+of+Traumedy+and+Discussion https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Learn about pollination with Josh Brandstadter
Reading
2021-05-08T15:10:00Z 2021-05-08T15:25:00Z America/New_York Learn+about+pollination+with+Josh+Brandstadter https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Interactive Storytime about Feelings with DJ Corchan
Activity around Corchin's book "I Feel... Anxious". What can we do to help ourselves feel better? Let's find out!
2021-05-08T15:25:00Z 2021-05-08T15:40:00Z America/New_York Interactive+Storytime+about+Feelings+with+DJ+Corchan https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Get Lucky: Writing Romance (Bonus Giveaways During This Panel!)
Today’s your lucky day! Join some beloved romance authors in a discussion about themes and trends in today’s popular fiction subgenre.
2021-05-08T15:30:00Z 2021-05-08T16:30:00Z America/New_York Get+Lucky%3A+Writing+Romance+%28Bonus+Giveaways+During+This+Panel%21%29 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Visit a Boston Lobstah Gahden with author and illustrator
Speak Out Against Pollution with a Wicked Awesome Boston Accent! With Author Alli Brydon and Illustrator EG Keller
2021-05-08T15:40:00Z 2021-05-08T15:55:00Z America/New_York Visit+a+Boston+Lobstah+Gahden+with+author+and+illustrator https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Kathy MacMillan Presents "Little Hands Signing" Books
Sign language for babies and toddlers (and grown ups too!).
2021-05-08T15:55:00Z 2021-05-08T16:10:00Z America/New_York Kathy+MacMillan+Presents+%22Little+Hands+Signing%22+Books https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Vivian Mineker, Multimedia Illustrator
Vivian Mineker, multimedia llustrator hares er interpretation of Frost's "The Road Not Taken"
2021-05-08T16:10:00Z 2021-05-08T16:25:00Z America/New_York Vivian+Mineker%2C+Multimedia+Illustrator https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
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Afterword
Join VA’s Poet Laureate Roscoe Burnems, indie bookseller Kelly Justice, and indie publisher Robert Pruett to chat about the changing nature of reading.
2021-05-08T16:30:00Z 2021-05-08T17:00:00Z America/New_York Afterword https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Fdraft-rva-booklovers-festival Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)

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the international center for Poe studies

Janet Halfmann

author of The Clothesline Code, The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls, A Bobby-Dazzler of a Pouch!, and Midnight Teacher

Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

Publishing books since 1985

Lindy Miller

author of The Magic Ingredient & Aloha with Love

Chelsea DeVries

author of Sticks and Stones: Poetry and Prose

Craig Bradley

author of Peter Polo and the Snow Beast of Hunza

Margaret Rodenberg

author of Finding Napoleon: A Novel

Claire Griffin

author of A Rebellious Woman

Candlewick Press

Wonder Women of Science by Tiera Fletcher & Ginger Rue, Author Video

Nikki-Dee Ray Wren

author of Laura-Leigh Learns about Storms

Stephanie Parwulski

author of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift and Gloria's Hope Tree

Joy Bussu

author of Whispers, Makia's Bodyguard, & Nieko's Treasure

Joyce Miller

author of Joe Harris, the Moon

JC Gatlin

author of Darkness Hides and H_NGM_N: Murder is the Word

Amanda Jaeger

author of The Fallen in Soura Heights

J. P. Cane

author of Shadows Within

Jimia Jones

author of Pennies for Piggy

K.E. Bonner

author of Witching Moon

Bridgette Fowler

author of Grow with Me Poetry

T.L. Wynne

author of the Daddy and Me series

Patti Procopi

author of Please . . . Tell Me More

Kathy Davis

author of Passiflora

Chris Register

author of Conversations With US - Great Lakes States and Conversations With US - American Southwest

J Thomas Brown

author of Saint Elmo’s Light: Collected Short Stories, Driving With Poppi: A Patremoir, Mooncalf: poetry collection, The Hole in the Bone, and Land of Three Houses

Sara Fujimura

author of Faking Reality, Every Reason We Shouldn't, Breathe, and Tanabata Wish

Podium

Supporting youth to achieve

Nikki Bergstresser

author of Seasons for Stones and Lila Lou's Little Library

Julie Conner

author of It's My Time to Fly

Reach Out and Read

early language development skills and health

Karen Sloan-Brown

author of Searching For Ever Land, The Last Tribe of Levi: Richmond Virginia, An Invisible Woman, and The Fortunes of Blues and Blessings

Yvonne Morgan

author of Turning Mountains into Molehills; Rest in God; Finding Faith, Hope, and Love in a Broken World, & The Sad Little Wildflower

E.S. Christison

author of The Blameless

Miko Marsh

author, instructor, speaker

Cady Hammer

author of Chasing Fae

Josh Brandstadter

author of The Adventures of Fuzzy and Buzzy

Chris Semtner

author of Edgar Allan Poe in Richmond, Edgar Allan Poe's Richmond: The Raven in the River City, The Raven Illustrations of James Carling, The Poe Shrine: Building the World's Finest Edgar Allan Poe Collection