March looks to be a big month for literature in the Lynchburg area.
Next week, "Life of Pi" author Yann Martel will participate in a live video chat broadcast at Randolph College, courtesy of Lynchburg Reads, and, later in the month, "The Poisonwood Bible" author Barbara Kingsolver will speak at Sweet Briar College.
Here’s all you need to know about both events:
— Lynchburg Reads, a community reading project organized by the Lynchburg Public Library, will host the video chat with Martel on March 14. The evening begins with an Indian-themed dinner in Randolph’s Smith Banquet Hall at 6 p.m., to be followed by the chat at 7:15 p.m., upstairs in Smith Hall Theatre.
Patty Worsham, co-chairwoman of E.C. Glass High School’s English department and a Lynchburg Reads committee member, said they chose "Life of Pi" as the 2013 selection for Lynchburg Reads last spring.
"We all just loved the book," she said. "Even though it’s been around awhile, we figured that with the movie, there would be a renewed interest, which there has been. Then to see [that] it’s won a bunch of prizes is just fabulous."
After the chat, they’ll screen a recent Charlie Rose interview with Ang Lee, who won the best director Oscar for his work on the film. Tickets to the dinner are $20 and must be reserved by March 6. Admission to the video chat is free, and you can call (434) 455-6330 for more information.
— Barbara Kingsolver will be in town at 8 p.m. March 21, as part of Sweet Briar’s Waxter Environmental Forum. She’ll be reading from and speaking about her new novel, "Flight Behavior," which explores climate change and its broader effects through an ecological anomaly — monarch butterflies landing en masse in a Tennessee hollow instead of their usual wintertime grounds in Mexico.
The book also has a connection to the college; while she was researching it, Kingsolver interviewed Sweet Briar research professor and monarch butterfly expert Lincoln Brower.
Contact Casey Gillis at (434) 385-5525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.