Charlottesville, VA—Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces Sarah Lawson as the new program associate for the Virginia Center for the Book. She began her position on September 14. Lawson’s responsibilities encompass work on the Virginia Festival of the Book, an annual celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture produced by the Center. Jane Kulow, program director for the Festival, has also been named director of the Virginia Center for the Book. She replaces Susan Coleman, who was director since 2003 and recently retired after thirty years with VFH.
Lawson comes to VFH with an impressive background in writing, design, and nonprofit administration, as well as extensive community involvement. She has held positions with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, Piedmont Council for the Arts, and, most recently, Building Goodness Foundation, where she coordinated communications and branding efforts. An active volunteer, she has worked with WriterHouse and served on the Virginia Festival of the Book Advisory Committee, the WTJU 91.1FM Community Advisory Board, and The Bridge PAI Board of Directors, where she is currently Vice Chair. Lawson writes for C-VILLE Weekly as an arts and culture columnist and for Whurk Magazine.
“I’m thrilled to join the Center for the Book and bring my experience to its wide range of programs that support literacy and a love of reading. As a longtime fan of the Festival of the Book, it’s truly a dream come true to work with Jane and others to continue building this legacy,” says Lawson.
The Center for the Book team, which also includes VFH events manager Tori Talbot, works year-round to produce the Festival, now in its twenty-second year, and other book-related programs. “We are so pleased that Sarah has joined us,” says Kulow. “Her interests, experience, and vast arts and cultural networks in Central Virginia will help us present an ever-engaging and creative Festival and promote the work of the Center across the Commonwealth.”
About the Virginia Center for the Book
The Virginia Center for the Book was established in 1987 with the vision that every Virginian will have access to books and reading and to their power to shape and inform personal and civic life. As an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Virginia Center for the Book works within a network of fifty state-center affiliates to promote books, reading, literacy, and the literary life of Virginia.
About the Virginia Festival of the Book
A signature program of the Virginia Center for the Book, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together in Charlottesville, VA for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, StoryFest programs for children, and more. The twenty-second annual Festival will be held March 16-20, 2016. The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has consistently attracted audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty states each spring, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually. To learn more, visit http://vabook.org/.
SAVE THE DATE! Tickets for 2016 Festival events go on sale at http://vabook.org/ on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM.
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About VFH: The mission of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH reaches an estimated annual audience of 23 million through Community Programs, Digital Initiatives, Scholarship, and the Virginia Center for the Book. For more information, visit http://virginiahumanities.org.