Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Tuesday: Mar 15

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

Challenge into Change: Storytelling as Healing

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Listen to, and honor, The Women’s Initiative’s Challenge into Change essay contest participants as we celebrate the power of storytelling as way towards healing and empowerment. Laurie Jean Cannady (Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul) will share stories from her memoir. Contest participants will be recognized and the top three award recipients will read from their own work. A book signing and reception follows.

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Tags: African-American, Gender, Health / Mind / Body, Publishing / Books / Writing

YWW35! – Celebrating 35 Years of the Young Writers Workshop

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

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

The nation’s flagship program for young creative writers is turning 35! Our alumni have published widely across genres, been recipients of the National Book Award and the Whiting Award, and much more. Join us for an alumni reading to celebrate 35 years of empowering talented young writers.

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Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing / Books / Writing

20th Anniversary Celebration: Voices of Adult Learners

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

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Language / Culture / Folklife, Publishing / Books / Writing

Thursday: Mar 17

Literacy in America: Crisis and Hope

Thu. March 17, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

In this illustrated lecture, Michael Suarez will discuss the criminal levels of low-literacy in the United States and their social and economic cost. A member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Board, Suarez will consider what is being done and what can be done to address this crisis in American life.

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Literary Landscapes: Nature Stories from Real and Imagined Ramblers

Thu. March 17, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Crozet Library

2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Leap across continents with authors Kathryn Aalto (The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood) and Bland Simpson and Ann Cary Simpson (author and photographer of Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams) as they share stories and photographs from their own travels through well-known landscapes, the picturesque Carolina coast, and A.A. Milne’s enchanted “Hundred Acre Wood.”

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Tags: Environment / Science, Food / Wine / Travel, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing

Friday: Mar 18

SELC Environmental Writing Award Program

Fri. March 18, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Southern Environmental Law Center

201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join the Southern Environmental Law Center to hear some of the most powerful voices speaking on behalf of our health, our environment, and places we love in the South. Featuring William Schlesinger (one of the nation’s leading ecologists and earth scientists who blogs at Citizen Scientist) and the presentation of this year’s Reed Environmental Writing Awards to Deborah Cramer and Ben Raines.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Publishing / Books / Writing

Literature: On Reading and Living Our Best Lives

Fri. March 18, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

UVa Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904

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.

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Tags: Language / Culture / Folklife, Publishing / Books / Writing

Saturday: Mar 19

Annual Book Fair

Sat. March 19, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing

Publishing Day: Valuable Writing Resources

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Monroe Room (100)

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Tracy Crow (On Point: A Guide to Writing the Military Story), Stephanie Draven (Plot Your Book in a Month with Scrivener), and Leslie Truex (Digital Writer Success) discuss their writing and experience, along with specific writing and publishing resources.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tracy Crow has had to cancel her participation.

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StoryFest & Pub Day: Teen Writers

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

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

This program will provide writing and publishing insight for teen writers from young adult fiction authors Robert Beatty (Serafina and the Black Cloak), Jen Swann Downey (The Ninja Librarians: The Accidental Keyhand), and V.E. Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows).

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Tags: Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

Publishing Day: Keys to Success in Book Promotion

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

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Successful authors go where their readers are. As publishers allot fewer resources for publicity, today’s writers must exploit every opportunity to get their books seen by readers. The authors represent different genres and will discuss their experiences.

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Guys Read: How Jon Scieszka Celebrates Books for Boys

Sat. March 19, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston (125)

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

When he’s not writing the next book in the Frank Einstein series, author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales) spends his time supporting Guys Read, his web-based literacy program for boys. Hear how Scieszka promotes reading with the same energy given to his writing, actively seeking to bring boys back to books and make reading fun again.

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Tags: Publishing / Books / Writing, StoryFest / Youth

Sunday: Mar 20

The Artist’s Book: Concept First

Sun. March 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Virginia Arts of the Book Center

2125 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Book artist Lyall Harris (52 Books, 52 Weeks) shares examples from her exhibit, exploring the considerations of book format and features that flow from careful attention to concept. A discussion and reception with Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) book studio demonstrations will follow.

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Tags: Arts, Exhibit, Publishing / Books / Writing, Workshop