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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.More »
Authors Edward G. Lengel (First Entrepreneur), Philip Levy (George Washington Written Upon the Land), and Tony Williams (coauthor, Washington & Hamilton) discuss their latest research and new perspectives on George Washington.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tony Williams has had to cancel his participation.
Author Terésa Dowell-Vest (The Death of Cliff Huxtable, 1937-2015…So We Can Survive Bill Cosby) will discuss her fan-fiction novel imagining how the Huxtables would cope with the death of their patriarch, and in so doing, helps fans separate the beloved TV Dad from the actor who played him.More »
Robert Llewellyn, photographer of the book, Seeing Seeds: A Journey into the World of Seedheads, Pods, and Fruit by Teri Dunn Chase, and Carolyn J. Russo, the photographer who created Art of the Airport Tower, will discuss the potential for photographs to represent our world on the page.More »
Authors Eric Angevine (Hinkle Fieldhouse: Indiana’s Basketball Cathedral), Randall Crenshaw (And One Pill Makes You Small), Michelle Damiani (il Bel Centro: A Year in the Beautiful Center), and Carolyn O’Neal (Kingsley) discuss their writing.More »
Frances E. Jensen, MD (The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults) and Dr. Granville Sawyer, Jr. (College in Four Years: Making Every Semester Count) will participate in this discussion about education and life planning for teens, parents, and educators.More »
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.More »
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.More »
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.More »
Poets Joy Krystosek (Wiping Memories from Room to Room), Sara Robinson (Sometimes the Little Town), and Leonard Tuchyner (A Journey to Elsewhere) will read from their work and discuss with educator Ann Womack how studying poetry and poets can energize, stimulate, and empower an aging population.More »
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 »
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.More »