7:30 AM

12:00 PM

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

12:30 PM

2:00 PM

Washington: Entrepreneur, Child of Nature, and Master Planner

Wed. March 16, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, History

4:00 PM

Fiction: Life After Death―Hello from the Other Side

Wed. March 16, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Barnes & Noble

1035 Emmet Street North, Barracks Road Shopping Center, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Sharon Guskin (The Forgetting Time), Andy Kutler (The Other Side of Life), and Jacquelyn Mitchard (Two if by Sea) have written riveting books exploring the themes of afterlife, reincarnation, grief, and memory all within different historical contexts.

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Tags: Fiction

The Death of Cliff Huxtable

Wed. March 16, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

CitySpace

100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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.

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Tags: African-American, Fiction

From Seed to Sky: Micro and Macro Perspectives in Photography

Wed. March 16, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

UVa Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections

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

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.

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Tags: Arts

6:00 PM

Bus Lines Community Poetry Reading

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

Location:

Downtown Transit Center

615 E Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Winners of the Bus Lines Community Poetry Contest will share their poetry with all in this lively event! Be among the first to see and hear the newest batch of poems that will enliven your ride on CAT buses this year.

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Tags: Poetry

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

The Teenage Brain: Planning for Success in High School, College, and Beyond

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

Location:

Northside Library

705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

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.

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Tags: Education / Teaching, Family / Aging, Health / Mind / Body, Nonfiction, 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

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

7:00 PM

How We Use Poetry to Keep Us Alive

Wed. March 16, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

The Colonnades - Monroe Room

2600 Barracks Road Charlottesville, VA 22901

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.

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Tags: Poetry

8:00 PM

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

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