Tags: Headliners

Wednesday: Mar 16

Opening Ceremony with Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton

Wed. March 16, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A celebration to launch the 22nd Virginia Festival of the Book and its focus on reading, literature, and literacy. The Virginia Center of the Book recognizes Virginia students who received top honors in the statewide Letters About Literature contest. Virginia Secretary of Education, Anne Holton, is the featured speaker.

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Tags: Headliners, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

Food, Songs, & Southern Stories: Roy Blount, Jr. and Lee Smith

Wed. March 16, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Exquisite, master storytellers Roy Blount, Jr. (Save Room for Pie) and Lee Smith (Dimestore: A Writer’s Life) share the stage and tales from their lives, involving Appalachian music, small towns, dimestores, and, of course, all kinds of ruminations on pie.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Food / Wine / Travel, Headliners, Southern / Appalachian

A Celebration of Pulitzer Authors: Ayad Akhtar, Rick Atkinson, and Lawrence Wright

Wed. March 16, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College

501 College Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Pulitzer Prize winning authors Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced), Rick Atkinson (The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945), and Lawrence Wright (Thirteen Days in September: The Dramatic Story of the Struggle for Peace) will discuss their Pulitzer-winning work as well as their current writing.

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Tags: Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, History

Thursday: Mar 17

Festival Luncheon – SOLD OUT

Thu. March 17, 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Due to illness, Sara Gruen has had to cancel her participation.

Bestselling author, friend, and neighbor, John Grisham, will speak as the new Festival Luncheon headliner.

NOTE: This program is sold out.

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Tags: Fiction, Headliners

A State of Many Nations: Immigration and the Changing Face of Virginia

Thu. March 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Author Tom Gjelten (A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story), Cuban-American author Gustavo Pérez Firmat (A Cuban in Mayberry), and photographer Lloyd Wolf (Living Diversity: The Columbia Pike Documentary Project) present a combination of stories, data, and images related to Virginia’s changing demographic and the faces, cultures, and voices of non-Anglo and non-white immigrants.
NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, Law / Supreme Court

Beyond Background Characters: Life in Hyphen-American

Thu. March 17, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sara Farizan (Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel), Lamar Giles (Endangered), Meg Medina (Burn Baby Burn), and Wendy Shang (The Way Home Looks Now) share stories featuring American immigrant lives and cultural identities. Moderated by Bert Ashe (Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles).

NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction, Gender, Headliners, Language / Culture / Folklife, StoryFest / Youth

Friday: Mar 18

A Celebration of Pulitzer Prize Poets: Rita Dove, Gregory Pardlo, and Vijay Seshadri

Fri. March 18, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

The Festival of the Book continues its strong commitment to poetry featuring readings by Pulitzer prize-winning poets. Rita Dove (Sonata Mulattica), Greg Pardlo (Digest), and Vijay Seshadri (3 Sections: Poems) read and discuss their work.

NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: African-American, Headliners, Poetry

Saturday: Mar 19

Crime Wave Brunch with Alan Furst – SOLD OUT

Sat. March 19, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B/C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Join hundreds of other Crime Wave readers for Saturday morning brunch with Alan Furst, author of Midnight in Europe and twelve other internationally bestselling novels. Book sales and signing follow the brunch.

NOTE: This program is sold out. You can sign up for the wait list through the BUY TICKET button on the program page.

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Tags: Crime Wave, Headliners

Rightful Heritage: FDR and the Environment

Sat. March 19, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Acclaimed, award-winning historian Douglas Brinkley (Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America) examines the environmental legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, chronicling his essential yet under-sung legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and premier protector of America’s public lands.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Environment / Science, Headliners, History

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson – SOLD OUT

Sat. March 19, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

NOTE: This program is sold out. If tickets become available, they will go on sale at The Paramount box office 10 minutes before the program begins.

Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption) will speak about his experiences as a social justice lawyer and how these continue to influence his life-long work to support criminal justice system reform as well as anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts.

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Tags: African-American, Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Headliners, Law / Supreme Court

Sunday: Mar 20

All in the Family: Fiction by Chevalier, Flournoy, and Scotton

Sun. March 20, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location:

UVa Culbreth Theatre

109 Culbreth Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Tracy Chevalier (At the Edge of the Orchard), Angela Flournoy (The Turner House), and Christopher Scotton (The Secret Wisdom of the Earth) discuss their distinctively American novels.

NOTE: This program is FREE, although tickets are required. Please click the Buy Ticket button on the program page to reserve your tickets.

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Tags: Fiction, Headliners