The Story Behind Hidden Figures
VFH grant helps tell the story of NASA’s human computers.
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.
Natasha Trethewey on Native Guard
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, where she confronts the complex racial legacy of her native South. Tretheway was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the daughter of a mixed-race marriage, which was illegal in the Mississippi of that era. Her mother was an African […]
Book Artist, Frank Brannon. Courtesy of Frank Brannon.
Print Your Own Language
Book Artist and VFH fellow, Frank Brannon, will discuss his work supporting Cherokee language revitalization through letterpress printing. Brannon will also exhibit the recently completed work of student printmaking artists from Southwestern Community College, NC.
Spread from VABC Atlas of Vanishing Knowledge
Local, but Prized Elsewhere
VABC Projects Celebrate a Love of Books
In a small shopping center in Charlottesville, artists work at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) to produce books and other creative projects that will one day make their way into collections across the globe.
2016 VABC Raucous Auction
The twelfth annual Virginia Arts of the Book Center Raucous Auction will be held on Friday, November 18 – 5:30-8PM! Big prizes include a class at the Rare Book School, an apartment in Paris for a week, the Bookmaker’s Dozen Collection, and many, many more! Catering for the night will be provided by A Pimento! […]
Festival of the Written Word
Festival of the Written Word has something for the reader and writer in you! Embrace your creativity and immerse yourself in literature, ideas and imagination. The 2016 Festival of the Written Word will include live readings, workshops, panel discussions with local authors and food. It’s an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Funded in […]
Junot Diaz: Photo courtesy The American Library Association / Creative Commons
The Wondrous Junot Díaz
“The half-life of love is forever,” writes Yunior, the serial-cheater protagonist of Junot Díaz’s This Is How You Lose Her. In this special episode of VFH’s With Good Reason, we talk with the Pulitzer Prize winning author about love, loss, and his New Jersey childhood. Díaz’s characters are not perfect people—they’re nerds, outsiders, and antiheroes–but […]
White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia
Kiki Petrosino, poet, VFH Residential Fellow, and Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, will introduce poems from her latest book-in-progress. With White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia Petrosino contemplates what it means to be a mixed-race Virginian in light of the region’s fraught racial history. Inspired by research into her enslaved ancestors’ […]