Book-lovers and avid readers, get excited. The annual Virginia Festival of the Book is just around the corner on March 20-24, 2019. What is this festival of the book? According to their website, it is “the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region.” With over 30,000 people in attendance from more than thirty states, writers and readers alike flock to the Charlottesville area. From new authors to classic favorites, the event presents a variety of speakers from a multitude of backgrounds.
The Virginia Festival of the Book’s mission statement is: “The Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture over five days in Charlottesville and Albemarle County every March.” This year, we will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Whether you are a writer or a reader, there is something for you to learn and enjoy!
Where is the Virginia Festival of the Book?
Because the festival is a multi-day event, there are over 70 venues throughout Charlottesville that will be hosting. The schedule is available online, so you can see the various locations and further details. Search by venue location, topic, or day. Most programs are free, but some of the special events require a ticket. Research the schedule in advance to choose which events you want to attend and map out the best route to each.
Speakers at the Virginia Festival of the Book
Whether you like into poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, or fiction, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings in authors from a variety of fields. Some of the headliners speaking at the festival include Lee Smith, Douglas Brinkley, Adriana Trigiani, Margot Lee Shetterly, Martha S. Jones, Carol Anderson, and more. Choose from programs such as Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction, Contemporary Appalachia in Fiction, Stories of Survival: Literary Thrillers, and Belgian Fiction: Good & Evil in Translation. The festival offers a diverse and comprehensive selection. It’s easy to find a program that you’ll enjoy!
If you’re looking to be more involved with the Virginia Festival of the Book, there are several ways to contribute. Submit your own published work, volunteer, contribute financially, participate in the Lit Fair, or sponsor a program. Check out their website to learn more about how to get involved.
For writers and readers, the Virginia Festival of the Book will educate, enlighten, and connect the literary community. As most events are free to attend, why not sign up for a program on a new topic to learn something new? Broaden your horizons and connect with some of your favorite authors at the 25th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book.
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