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Books & Brews is an author series focused on discussions with writers from our area. This series is a collaboration with Pale Fire Brewing Company in Harrisonburg, who provide a wonderful space to explore these topics together.

The Books & Brews season runs from September to May and is currently scheduled for the second Tuesday of every other month.

We welcome suggestions and if you have an author in mind for a future Books & Brews, please send a note to our series host, Mary Katharine Froehlich.

WMRA's Books & Brews series is made possible thanks to the support ofGaines Group Architects, our official sponsor. The Gaines Group has offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg.

  • WMRA’s December Books & Brews will feature Mills Kelly, discussing "Virginia's Lost Appalachian Trail" on Saturday, December 9, from Noon - 1pm at Winchester Brew Works in Winchester.
  • WMRA’s February Books & Brews at Seven Arrows Brewing in Waynesboro will feature retired chaplain Russ Ford and Dr. Todd C. Peppers discussing, Crossing the River Styx, the memoir of a Death Row Chaplain.
  • Charlottesville author Jennifer Ackerman has written a number of books about birds, and in her newest, she tackles the wise and mysterious owl.
  • WMRA’s October 2023 Books & Brews featured Jennifer Ackerman discussing her books, What an Owl Knows, The Bird Way, and The Genius of Birds, at Seven Arrows Brewing in Waynesboro.
  • Cara Achterberg, who has fostered over two-hundred dogs, encourages everyone to visit a shelter. She is our speaker for Books & Brews on Tuesday, September 12.
  • WMRA’s September 2023 Books & Brews will featured Cara Achterburg discussing her book One Hundred Dogs and Counting: One Woman, Ten Thousand Miles, and A Journey into the Heart of Shelters and Rescues.
  • WMRA is pleased to introduce Micro Books and Brews - a new offshoot of our Books & Brews series featuring some of our past guests.
  • There’s a new term being used to describe the feeling of sadness one feels about the world changing. It’s call solastalgia. Paul Bogard, associate professor of English at Hamline University in Saint Paul, has compiled a book of essays about the word and why so many people are feeling it these days. He’s our speaker for Books & Brews on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Pale Fire Brewing in Harrisonburg. WMRA’s Chris Boros asked Paul to describe the word.
  • WMRA’s April 2023 Books & Brews featured Paul Bogard, Erica Cavanagh, and Lauren Alleyne, discussing Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World.
  • Imagine sitting at home on your porch enjoying a nice summer day only to discover hog waste being sprayed on the roof of your house. That’s what happened to Elsie Herring when large scale industrial hog farming operations sprayed pig waste into the air as a way to get rid of it. The community fought back against the industrial farmers and won. That’s the story of Virginia author Corban Addison’s book “Wastelands.” He’s our speaker for Books & Brews at Pale Fire Brewing in Harrisonburg on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.