Authors Hanadi Al-Samman (Anxiety of Erasure) and Gretchen Martin (Dancing on the Color Line) explore tropes expressed in writing.More »
Wednesday: Mar 16
The Festival of the Book is proud to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Voices of Adult Learners.This program features a sampler of the thousands of stories written by adult community members who have gained literacy, academic skills, GED completion, and/or literacy in English as a second language. 20th anniversary participants will include some readers who have had their writing featured in previous years, as well as local friends and supporters of area adult education and literacy programs.More »
Thursday: Mar 17
Thomas Head (Greens), Bridgette Lacy (Sunday Dinner), and Nicole Taylor (The Up South Cookbook) will talk about Southern food traditions and recipes from their cookbooks that will tantalize your taste buds.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Thomas Head has had to cancel his participation.
Authors Daniel De Visé (Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show) and Gustavo Perez Firmat (A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking Back at America’s Hometown) will discuss the making of The Andy Griffith Show, its stars and their friendship, as well as the cultural impact of the show.More »
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.
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.More »
Friday: Mar 18
Authors Matt Burriesci (Dead White Guys: A Father, His Daughter, and the Great Books of the Western World), Mark Edmundson (Self and Soul: A Defense of Ideals), and Michael Pearson (Reading Life: On Books, Memory, and Travel) discuss the classics, ideals, and how stories lead us into and through our world.More »
W. Bradford Wilcox, (co-author of Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos) and Betina Wilkinson (Partners or Rivals? Power and Latino, Black and White Relations in the 21st Century) discuss love, relationships, and marriage.More »
Saturday: Mar 19
Sunday: Mar 20
Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses Vietnam, war, and literature, including his novel, The Sympathizer, and his nonfiction exploration of a conflict that lives on in the collective memory of both the Americans and the Vietnamese, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, and Vietnam.More »