Charlottesville, Va.—The 19th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will be held March 20–24, 2013. Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) 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 for adults and children are held in more than 50 venues throughout the region.
More than 300 individuals will be presenting at the Festival and most are listed online now at vabook.org. Along with previously announced special event speakers Betty Shotton (Leadership Breakfast), C. J. Box (Crime Wave Brunch), and Douglas Brinkley (Festival Luncheon), is a newly added event on March 23, 8 p.m., at the Paramount Theater. “American Icons” will feature a conversation between the Honorable John Lewis (D-GA) and 1968 Olympian Dr. John Carlos. Tickets are $5.00 and must be purchased at The Paramount Theater (theparamount.net or 434-979-1333). This event is sponsored by Wells Fargo and an Anonymous Donor with additional support provided by U.Va. Office of Diversity and Equity and U.Va. Runner’s Clinic.
Poetry lovers will be happy to know that both the U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, and the Virginia Poet Laureate, Sofia Starnes, are participating, along with David Rigsbee, R. T. Smith, Lisa Russ Spaar, and many others, including a tribute to Emily Dickinson. Fiction readers will have more than 90 writers to choose from, including Rita Mae Brown, Dorothea Benton Frank, Jill McCorkle, Sheri Reynolds, Manil Suri, and Christopher Tilghman. Readers of crime and thriller novels will not be disappointed with Ellery Adams, Ellen Crosby, Ed Falco, Kim Harrison, David Morell, and others. Romance readers will be treated to a full day “Love Fest” including Mary Burton, Mary Jo Putney, and Liz Everly.
For those who love nonfiction almost every sub-genre is represented, including the natural world, with Jonathan Alderfer, Jackson Landers,and J. Christopher Ludwig; memoirs and biographies, with Jane Barnes, Stefan Downey Bechtel, Jeffrey Frank, Mark Lane, and Lyn Povich; history, with Sarah Tejada, David Taylor, and Henry Wiencek.
Among the writers at StoryFest and in-school presentations are Eric Wight of the Frankie Pickle series, Lex Thomas of the Quarantine trilogy, husband-and-wife graphic history novelists Susan Champlin and Stan Mack, Meg Medina, and Candice Ransom.
Visit vabook.org for frequent updates on presenters and events.
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 VirginiaHumanities.org/bookcenter.
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 VirginiaHumanities.org