Route One Reads Selects Sing for Your Life
Summer reading program
For the third consecutive year, VFH’s Virginia Center for the Book is participating in the Route One Reads initiative. Route One Reads is a multi-state summer reading program for adults that’s part of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Route One Reads invites readers to pack a tote bag of […]
2017 Letters About Literature winners Samantha Kiss (Chesapeake, VA; left) and Jocelyn Yee (Ashburn, VA; right) at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book opening ceremony on 3/22/17. Photo by Pat Jarrett.
Virginia Center for the Book Announces 2017 Letters About Literature Contest Winners
The Virginia Center for the Book, a program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, announces the 2017 winners of the Letters About Literature contest in Virginia. Now in its 24th year, the contest encourages students in grades 4-12 to read a book, poem, or speech and write to that author about how the book affected […]
Kwame Alexander signs books during the 2015 Virginia Festival of the Book - Photo by Pat Jarrett
Storyfest Explores Diversity
Each year, the Virginia Festival of the Book coordinates a wide variety of public programs that focus on young readers. Collectively, these are known as Storyfest, and they feature some of the brightest talents in children’s publishing, from picture book illustrators to young adult novelists. In 2017, Storyfest programs also represent the Festival’s focus on […]
A three-part series at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book
Economic inequality is on the rise in the United States, with income disparities growing year by year. U.S. income inequality, by one measure, is the highest it’s been since 1928. Wealth inequality, measuring assets, is even greater. Economic inequality affects the individual and society in a variety of ways, including health, education, economic stability, growth, civic engagement, and […]
Bryan Cranston Joins Festival of the Book Lineup
Bryan Cranston (A Life in Parts) will join film producer Mark Johnson for a moderated conversation reflecting on his career as an artist and the impact that the arts have on our lives, education, and the world. Cranston appears as part of the UVa President’s Speaker Series for the Arts, presented in collaboration with President Sullivan, the Executive […]
2017 Virginia Festival of the Book: On the Environment
By Sarah Lawson This March in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VFH’s 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book will present speakers on a variety of scientific topics, including a special focus on authors of recent books about the environment. From the natural world and the human body to the forces that work against them, this year’s […]
A Cornucopia of Food Writing
Every year, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books and book culture at the Virginia Festival of the Book. The Festival features works from all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, romance, mystery, history, and more. There’s a little something for everyone, even foodies. Jenée Libby is a […]
Marion Post Wolcott, “Tobacco Barns and Cigarette Advertisements,” 1940.
Growing the Cigarette
Growing the Cigarette is a revisionist history of tobacco in the twentieth century that takes farmers, government officials and citizen-activists as its main characters. By looking beyond “Big Tobacco,” Sarah Milov demonstrates that, paradoxically, smoking was a product of an expanded vision of the state, and that the politics of anti-smoking were born of an […]
African American photojournalist Ernest Withers at the King Memorial March in Memphis 1968 - Photo by Jack Hurley, Courtesy Univ Memphis Special Collections
Telling Untold Stories
VFH Fellows Investigate the Lives of African American Trailblazers
These three fellows—of the dozen typically in residence at VFH during an academic year—are each at work on a biography of a relatively unknown figure whose story illuminates an era.