Family Love and Myth in Transracial Adoption – VA Festival of the Book @ Central JMLR Library, McIntire Room
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – Mar 26 @ 11:00 am

Memoirists Nicole Chung (All You Can Ever Know) and Susan Harness (Bitterroot) discuss growing up as transracial adoptees, yearning to belong, and struggling to find their birth families. They encounter both heartbreak and joy in these captivating explorations of family myth and culture. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“This book moved me to my very core. . . . [All You Can Ever Know] should be required reading for anyone who has ever had, wanted, or found a family―which is to say, everyone.” ―Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere

“Chung’s memoir is more than a thoughtful consideration of race and heritage in America. It is the story of sisters finding each other, overcoming bureaucracy, abuse, separation, and time.” ―The New Yorker

Bitterroot is an inspiration—one woman’s quest to find herself among the racial, cultural, economic, and historical fault lines of the American West. A compelling, important memoir, as tenaciously beautiful as the flower for which it’s named.” —Harrison Candelaria Fletcher, author of Presentimiento: A Life in Dreams

“A page-turner of a memoir that illuminates a great historical injustice. With wit and a sturdy heart, Susan Harness plumbs her own and the American West’s uneasy past to shed the burden of living ‘in between’ and find wholeness. A compelling and moving story.” —John Calderazzo, author of Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives

Native Lives – Past and Present – VA Festival of the Book @ City Space
Mar 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Jeffery L. Hantman (Monacan Millennium), Susan Harness (Bitterroot), and Greg Smithers (Native Southerners) for a discussion concerning early American history, being born Native and raised outside of the community, and contemporary representation of Native American narratives. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“In this engaging, provocative, and highly readable book, Hantman forces the reader to question received wisdom about icons of American history and conveys the vivid history of a people and a place.”—Martin D. Gallivan, William and Mary, author of James River Chiefdoms

“What does it mean to be Native when you weren’t raised Native? What does it mean when the members of your birth family who remained on the reservation tell you that you were lucky to be raised elsewhere, but you don’t feel lucky? Harness brings us right into the middle of these questions and shows how emotionally fraught they can be. . . . It’s time everyone learned about the many ways there are of being Native.”—Carter Meland, Star Tribune

Native Southerners tries to rectify prejudices and limitations by focusing on the histories of Indian tribes in the South with an emphasis upon their own stories. Gregory D. Smithers’s use of oral histories is a highlight of his work, and he also covers the ongoing reality of climate change in the development of southern tribes. Many themes emerge, but one—the endless effort to maintain communal identity in the face of colonization, disease, and displacement—is most powerful.” —Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator from Virginia