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October 14

1 PM

In the historical true crime tale The Plea: The True Story of Young Wesley Elkins and His Struggle for Redemption, Thomas Wolf and Patricia L. Bryan explore the captivating case of an eleven year old murderer in Iowa in 1889. Author Harold Schecter says, “it will captivate both American history buffs and fans of true crime.” Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. 

Location: Tallwood House, 4200 Roberts Road, Fairfax. Or reserve your free ticket to watch via Zoom. 

4:30 PM

John Gallagher is the author of the super fun kids graphic novel series, Max Meow, from Random House publishing. In this interactive workshop, John will help kids use their imaginations to create stories, practice a few drawing skills, talk about popular comics and graphic novels, and even create their own superhero (or villain)!  Drawing experience is not required, just your imagination, and maybe a love of silly animals! This event is geared towards kids aged 6-12, but all are welcome. Sponsored by the Burke Centre Library.

Location: Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke VA

7 PM

GoalKeeper Briana Scurry’s stats are impressive: she’s a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Hall of Famer, and part of the legendary Women’s World Cup ‘99ers. She has broken barriers as the first female goalkeeper in the US Soccer Hall of Fame, and is still the only Black woman. She’s also broken barriers of trauma as she healed mentally and physically from a head injury that left her “temporarily totally disabled.” My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World Champion GoalKeeper is the powerful memoir that tells this story. Teammate and fellow legend Mia Hamm says, Everybody knows Bri was one of the greatest keepers in the history of women’s soccer. When you read My Greatest Save, you will find out that her heart and courage were every bit the equal of her ball-stopping skills.” Sponsored by the City of Fairfax.

Click here to reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite, starting on October 5.

Location: Stacy C. Sherwood Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax

Virtual Events

Could fixing inmates’ flaws and faces keep them from returning to prison? Zara Stone, author of Killer Looks: The Forgotten History of Plastic Surgery in Prisons, discusses the Rikers Island experiment run by Dr. Michael Lewin in the 1960s. Over a thousand prisoners signed up, and those who were selected for surgery returned some surprising – and promising – results.

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Morgan Talty and Tyler Barton chat about their story collections, then challenge each other to complete their favorite writing prompts. Barton’s Eternal Night at the Nature Museum and Talty’s Night of the Living Rez explore loss, recovery, and trying to survive in contemporary America. Barton’s collection follows unlikely characters – unsupervised children selling knives to the neighborhood, and a church congregating in an abandoned Hardee’s – as they carve out places for themselves in society. Talty’s interconnected collection examines life in a Native Maine community, discovering how to persevere after tragedy through tales of a family and community. 

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Shelley Sackier has been talking about whiskey for twenty-five years. From her first terrible sip to her journey to Scotland’s famed Bruichladdich Distillery to her own job as the Director of Distillery Education at Reservoir Distillery in Virginia, she’s made it her life’s work to share her love for the drink. Sackier takes Fall for the Book Podcast hosts Kara Oakleaf and Suzy Rigdon and guest host Gregg Wilhelm on a sip & learn adventure and shows audiences how to sip along too. 

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Learn about five incredible women making waves and marking change in the worlds of film, wildlife research, business, earthquake science, and aviation. Sit down and hear these incredible tales from six authors from the Women of Power series, out with Chicago Review Press: Tanisia Moore, Lyn Miller-Lachman, Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan, Ann McCallum Staats, Lowey Bundy Sichol, and Lori Polydoros. 

Featured the groundbreaking women: Jasmin Graham, marine biologist; Edith Carolina Rojas, geologist; Ava DuVernay, director; Stacy Madison, Entrepreneur; and Olga Custodio, Pilot.


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