25th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

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Book-lovers and avid readers, get excited. The annual Virginia Festival of the Book is just around the corner, taking place March 20-24, 2019. What is this festival of the book, you ask? The Virginia Festival of the Book, according to their website, 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 for the annual Festival of the Book. From new authors to well-loved favorites, the event presents a variety of speakers from a multitude of backgrounds.

The Virginia Festival of the Book’s mission statement is this: “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, the Virginia Festival of the Book will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Whether you are a writer or a reader, there is something for you to learn and enjoy at the festival.

Where is the Virginia Festival of the Book?

Because the VA Festival of the Book is a multi-day event covering a diverse range of topics, there are over 70 venues throughout Charlottesville that will be hosting events for the festival. The schedule is available online, so you can see where each program is located and more details about the events. Search by venue location, topic, or by day. Most programs are completely free, but some of the special events will require a ticket. Research the schedule in advance to choose which events you want to attend and map out the best route from venue to venue.

Speakers at the Virginia Festival of the Book

Whether you are into poetry, nonfiction, memoirs, or fiction, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings in authors from all over in every different field. For 2019, some of the headliners that will be speaking at the festival included Lee Smith, Douglas Brinkley, Adriana Trigiani, Margot Lee Shetterly, Martha S. Jones, Carol Anderson, and many, many more. Choose from programs such as Enduring Heroines in Historical Fiction, Contemporary Appalachia in Fiction, Stories of Survival: Literary Thrillers, Reading Under the Influence, and Belgian Fiction: Good & Evil in Translation. As the Festival of the Book offers a diverse and comprehensive selection, it’s easy to find a program that you’ll enjoy.

Get Involved

If you’re interested in getting more involved with the Virginia Festival of the Book, there are several ways you can contribute. You can choose to submit your own original, published work, volunteer for the festival, contribute financially, participate in the Lit Fair, or even sponsor a program. Check out their website to learn more about how to get involved with the Festival of the Book. 

For writers, readers, and word lovers, the Virginia Festival of the Book is a multi-day festival designed to educate, enlighten, and connect the literary community. As most events are free to attend, why not sign up for a program on an entirely new topic and 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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