Virginia Festival of the Book Announces 2013 Headline Events

Virginia Festival of the Book

Charlottesville, VA—The 19th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will be held March 20-24, 2013.  Produced by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and held throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the Book Festival has become a spring tradition in Central Virginia with a cumulative audience of more than 20,000 attendees each year for the last decade. Programs are held in more than 50 venues throughout the region.

Tickets for the Leadership Breakfast, the Luncheon, and the Crime Wave Brunch go on sale September 20th at 9 am online only at  Tickets for “American Icons” at the Paramount on March 23 will be available in October.

Watch for further announcements regarding additional presenters to this five-day major book event with free programs for readers of all ages at venues throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle County, PVCC, and the University of Virginia.

Leadership Breakfast with Betty Shotton

Betty Shotton, author of Liftoff Leadership: 10 Principles for Effective Leadership, will speak at the Leadership Breakfast on March 20, 7:30 am, in the Charlottesville Omni ballroom.  She has over 35 years of experience as a CEO, Entrepreneur, and Leadership Consultant.

Today she is the CEO  & Founder of Liftoff Leadership LLC and a Partner with Berkana Consulting Group.  Shotton graduated in the first coed class at the University of Virginia and studied business at The College of William & Mary and has an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. SNL Financial and SunTrust Bank are sponsors.

Festival Luncheon with Douglas Brinkley

Historian Douglas Brinkley, author of the best-selling biography, Cronkite, will speak at the Luncheon, which is March 21, 11:45 am, in the Charlottesville Omni ballroom.  Tickets are $60.   Brinkley is the author of more than 20 non-fiction books and is professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy. Brinkley is the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor to the magazine Vanity Fair.  Dominion Resources is returning as a lead sponsor of the Luncheon.

Crime Wave Brunch with C.J. Box

C. J. Box, the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen novels including the Joe Pickett series, is the speaker at the “Crime Wave” Brunch,” March 23, 10 am, at the Charlottesville Omni ballroom. Tickets are $40.  Box won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction.  Tickets are $40. Please note the new time – 10 am for Brunch – this year.

American Icons at The Paramount

The Honorable John Lewis (D-GA 5) and Olympian John Carlos will participate in “American Icons: A Conversation with John Lewis and John Carlos,” on Saturday, March 23, 8:00 pm, in the Paramount Theater.  Details on ticket purchasing will be announced in October.  Lewis, who was elected to Congress in 1986, was one of the young leaders of the U.S. Civil Rights movement, volunteering at great risk to himself to participate in the 1961 Freedom Rides and participating in the famous 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Carlos was a bronze medalist in the 200 meter track event in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico.  His friend and competitor, Tommie Smith, won the gold medal at that same event.  Carlos and Smith, with the support of silver medalist Peter Norman, the world’s attention to civil rights and poverty by showing the Black Power salute on the Olympic podium. Carlos has been a life-long human rights advocate and teacher, as well as a track coach in Palm Springs, California.  Arrangements have been facilitated by the Ragged Mountain Running Shop. Sponsors currently confirmed for the evening include Wells Fargo and an anonymous donor.

More Information

Other book and literacy-related projects at VFH include the Virginia Arts of the Book Center, Letters About Literature, and Virginia Literary Calendar, with more information at

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, established in 1974, encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing programs for a wide public audience. It works with individuals and communities to explore the past, confront issues of the present, and discover a promising future. For more information about VFH, visit

Ticket Sales

Tickets for the Leadership Breakfast, the Luncheon, and the Crime Wave Brunch go on sale September 20th at 9 am online only at