Published March 6, 2019

The Virginia Festival of the Book—a program of Virginia Humanities celebrating its 25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture—today announced the second annual partnership with CFA Institute to support select 2019 Festival programming with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

As an advocate for diversity and inclusion in investment management, CFA Institute is proud to sponsor Festival programming for the second consecutive year.

Kelli E. Palmer, director of corporate citizenship at CFA Institute said, “As Charlottesville’s 5th largest private employer, CFA Institute is committed to this community and has been here for more than 50 years. We know that events like the Festival of the Book help promote the values we stand for: diversity, inclusion, equity, and community-building. Our work to promote the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence in the investment profession globally is mirrored by the Festival of the Book’s efforts to educate, inform, and engage community members around topics of global relevance.”

The programs sponsored by CFA Institute are part of the Festival’s overall diversity initiative, which seeks to increase the diversity—in race, ethnicity, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, and other identities—of participating authors and include more diverse audiences in the annual Festival, which takes place each March in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

We know that events like the Festival of the Book help promote the values we stand for: diversity, inclusion, equity, and community-building.—Kelli E. Palmer

In making this announcement, Virginia Festival of the Book director Jane Kulow said, “Throughout the twenty-five year history of the Festival, our programming has prioritized authors, books, and conversations that broaden one’s thinking, encourage empathy, and invite all members of our community to take part. With CFA Institute support, we are able to build on that legacy in order to reach even more diverse audiences and provide a more inclusive and welcoming Festival for all, which remain priorities for the Festival’s next quarter-century.”

In the 2019 Festival, CFA Institute will sponsor the following FREE programs, all of which will be followed by book signings and are open to the public:

  • Understanding Love: LGBTQI Fiction—Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM, Barnes & Noble—Silas House (Southernmost), Tammy Lynne Stoner (Sugar Land), and Michele Young-Stone (Lost in the Beehive) discuss their novels, each a bittersweet journey of the heart full of characters seeking redemption through love. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network.
  • Native Lives: Past and Present—Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM, CitySpace—Jeffery L. Hantman (Monacan Millennium), Susan Harness (Bitterroot), and Greg Smithers (Native Southerners) discuss early American history, being born Native and raised outside of the community, and contemporary representation of Native American narratives.
  • Women and War: Untold Stories—Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM, City Council Chambers—Heath Lee (The League of Wives) and Eileen Rivers (Beyond the Call) discuss the impact of America’s foreign wars on two generations of women, first the Vietnam era P.O.W. wives who confronted an uncaring U.S. government to women of our era themselves fighting in a distant land.
  • Complicated Lives in the Civil Rights Era—Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center—Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe), Frye Gaillard (A Hard Rain), and Preston Lauterbach (Bluff City), through biography, personal history, and a little-known story, examine multiple views of lives and stories of a critical time in American history. Co-sponsored by Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
  • Resilient Lives in Fiction—Sat. March 23, 10:00 AM, Central JMRL Library—Eugenia Kim (The Kinship of Secrets), Tatjana Soli (The Removes), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) discuss heartbreaking subjects that explore the ability to survive hardship and struggle.
  • Latinx Fiction for Young Readers—Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM, Village School—Hilda Eunice Burgos (Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle), Angela Dominguez (Stella Diaz Has Something to Say), Mia García (The Resolutions), and K.K. Pérez (The Tesla Legacy) discuss their books and the importance of Latinx fiction for young readers.
  • Segregation to Civil Rights: America’s Journey—Sat. March 23, 12:00 PM, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center—Richard Gergel (Unexampled Courage) and Steve Luxenberg (Separate) discuss the historical backgrounds for groundbreaking court rulings that both denied and ignited civil rights for African-Americans in the United States. UVA Law School Dean Risa Goluboff
  • Exploring Jewish Identity: Personal and Historical—Sun. March 24, 2:00 PM, Congregation Beth Israel—Gabriel Laufer (A Survivor’s Duty) and Pamela Nadell (America’s Jewish Women) share their histories of Jewish identity, offering close-up personal views of twentieth century historic events as well as a multi-century exploration of extraordinary Jewish women and the imprint made by their social activism.

For hi-res author images and book cover art related to the programs detailed above, visit http://bit.ly/VaBook2019CFA. For additional details about the 2019 Festival, visit VaBook.org.

The Virginia Festival of the Book is proud of its record of accessibility, affordability, and inclusivity. However, while nearly all Festival programs are free and open to the public without reservations, some will require tickets. Tickets for select Festival programs are currently available at VaBook.org.

About the Virginia Festival of the Book

A signature program of Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Center for the Book, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more. The 25th annual Festival will be held March 20-24, 2019, in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The Festival consistently attracts audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty states each year, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually. To learn more, visit VaBook.org.

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. Our aim is to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. There are more than 160,000 CFA charterholders worldwide in 162 countries and regions. CFA Institute has nine offices worldwide and there are 154 local member societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org or follow us on Twitter at @CFAInstitute and on Facebook.com/CFAInstitute.

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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