Opening Day Highlights


The first day of the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book kicked off with author-illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka (Hey, Kiddo) talking with more than 2,400 Charlottesville-area elementary school students about his life and work, as well as his popular Lunch Lady series. Then, Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, shared the riveting story of America’s race to the Moon. After a number of other programs, the day wrapped up with Festival All-Stars (Douglas Brinkley, Margot Lee Shetterly, Lee Smith, and Adriana Trigiani,) helping celebrate our 25th year! Explore photos, videos, and audio recordings of Wednesday programming below…


Ruth King: Mindful of Race

Engage in a discussion with the internationally renowned meditation teacher Ruth King (Mindful of Race) on topics of racism, white supremacy, and racial identity.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy and former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu discuss their experiences working as elected representatives and examining the history behind and presented by public monuments in their cities.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Squeezed:Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Alissa Quart, discusses her reporting, research, and personal experience covering the financial pressures on American families stemming from rising medical and childcare costs, harsh employment policies, underemployment, and more, in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed). Quart and Ehrenreich will also discuss their work with the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

American Addictions: Our Opioids Crisis

Beth Macy and Chris McGreal share the results of their many years of reporting on America’s opioid epidemic, where and how it began, the corporate greed at its epicenter, the innumerable lives affected, the ignored warnings, and the ongoing consequences, which touch every community.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Following Videos Courtesy Charlottesville TV10

Courtesy the Paramount Theater

Courtesy UVA Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library