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2017 VA Festival of the Book

  • 03/22/2017
  • 03/26/2017
  • Charlottesville, VA



The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 23rd Annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017.

Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The Virginia Writers Club will have a booth at the Festival's inaugural Lit Fair on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Omni Hotel, 212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA. VWC members have volunteered to work one-hour shifts at the booth to promote the club and distribute literature. As a reward for their time, they are also allowed to display and sell copies of their books. (The sign-up period has passed for 2017. If you'd like to volunteer for 2018, contact Linda Layne.)

Here are our 2017 Festival booth volunteers:

(PHOTO: 2017 VWC Festival Booth Volunteers. L-R/1st row: Judy Ayyildiz, Maggie Duncan, Susie Fisher. L-R/2nd row: Reesha Goral, James Kendley, Michelle McBeth. L-R/3rd row: Helen Park, Susan Schwartz, Leslie Truex.)

PHOTO 2017 VWC Festival Booth Volunteers. L-R1st row Judy Ayyildiz, Maggie Duncan, Susie Fisher. L-R2nd row Reesha Goral, James Kendley, Michelle McBeth. L-R3rd row Helen Park, Susan Schwartz, Leslie Truex.)



The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. They have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list of past participants can be seen here.

Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

The Festival is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs on a wide range of topics taking place at a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.

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