Close to home is an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of writers, the writing process and the joy of reading. The Virginia Festival of the Book is a 5 day festival of literary events open to the public that, with the exception of a few ticketed events, are free of charge. Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) and held throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the purpose of the Book Festival is to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture.
Programs for adults and children are held in more than 50 venues throughout the region and include traditional author readings, book signings and a book fair. Also included is panel discussion on how to publish a novel; a beginning a book club; a workshop on book-binding, a special traveling exhibit of miniature art books and numerous other selections. Popular authors making appearances include C.J. Box discussing his novels (a paid, ticketed event) and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, reading from her latest collection, Thrall. Rita Mae Brown will be a special guest speaker for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, where authors included in the 2013 Blue Ridge Anthology will read from their work. Children are treated to a StoryFest day of children’s authors and storybook characters on Friday, including a 50th birthday celebration for Clifford.
To plan your literary adventure, visit www.vabook.org to explore the events schedule with times, locations, and ticket information.