Weekend Highlights


As always, the weekend was jam-packed with Festival programming for all ages and reading interests. Check out some highlights from Saturday and Sunday of the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book…


An Afternoon with the National Book Awards – VaBookFest 2019

Join the National Book Foundation at Virginia Festival of the Book for readings from this year’s National Book Award finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and youth, including Leslie Connor (The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle), Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers), Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland). Lisa Lucas, executive director of the National Book Foundation, will host the reading and discussion.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Saturday, March 23, 2019

Letters About Literature Celebration

Robbi Behr and Matthew Swanson (The Real McCoys) give honorary remarks to kick off this celebration of Virginia students who were selected as winners and honorable mentions in the state-wide 2018 Letters About Literature competition. Select students will also be invited to read from their notable entries.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Saturday, March 23, 2019

Finding Wisdom: A Letterpress Project

Printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. (2019 Frank Riccio Artist-in-Residence) will discuss his collaboration with the Virginia Center for the Book to produce an intergenerational project that celebrates words of wisdom shared by diverse residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Sunday, March 24, 2019

A World Built on Bondage: Racism and Human Diversity in Award-Winning Fiction – VaBookFest 2019

Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) and John Edgar Wideman (American Histories) discuss the meanings of race, violence, and freedom, as explored in their acclaimed fiction. Edugyan and Wideman each received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for an earlier novel; they are accompanied in conversation with Award jury member Rita Dove.This discussion of their work, reflections on historic injustices, and writing that helps make the American story a complete story will be the official closing program of the Festival, and seeks to support and celebrate diversity while working towards understanding the invasive and structural roots of racism.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Following Videos Courtesy Charlottesville TV10

Courtesy the Paramount Theater

Courtesy Warren Craghead