Book by book, we build a bridge for Virginia’s next generation of readers, from all backgrounds and across all genres. We welcome and appreciate your generous support of the Festival in order to sustain this work for the next twenty-five years. Community is the cornerstone of the Virginia Festival of the Book.

By supporting the Virginia Festival of the Book, with most programs free and open to the public, you help us foster statewide dialogue and sustain quality of life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. All donors are listed on the Festival’s contributors page shortly before the Festival and are published in the Festival’s printed schedule.

      • Up to $49 receives our gratitude
      • $50 and above receives ten limited-edition bookplates
      • $100 and above receives a Festival pocket notebook
      • $250 and above receives a Festival tote bag
      • $500 and above receives a set of limited edition notecards printed at the Virginia Center for the Book
      • $1,000 and above receives an invitation to our annual private authors’ reception
      • $2,500 and up receives all benefits listed above
Checks may be made out to Virginia Humanities and sent to:

Virginia Humanities
Attn: Virginia Festival of the Book*
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629

Authors Fund

You may also consider designating your gift specifically for the Virginia Festival of the Book Authors Fund, which will provide much-needed funds for author travel and lodging, thus enabling us to recruit and bring to the Festival:

  • highly sought-after authors with international name recognition,
  • compelling authors from under-represented backgrounds, and
  • up-and-coming authors before they’re generally well known.

With initial funding from David Baldacci, Renee and John Grisham, Jan Karon, and Lee Smith, we have created the Authors Fund as a way to ensure the Festival’s financial sustainability and to continue building the level of excellence audiences have come to expect. By contributing to the Authors Fund, you support the Festival’s continued excellence in the caliber and diversity of authors we recruit, the programs we host, and the audiences we engage in discussion of critical topics. To designate a gift to the Authors Fund, please make a note of this on your check or online donation form.

Literary Leaders

In honor of the Festival’s 25th anniversary in 2019, we invite you to consider an investment of $2,500 to the Virginia Festival of the Book. By making this level of investment, Literary Leaders support the ongoing vitality of our programming each year as well as one of the most important components of the Festival: author visits to local public and private K-12 classrooms.

Literary Leaders are recognized in our print publication Views, in the Festival’s print program, on the Festival website, and at the Festival’s kickoff event, the Read & Lead Lunch. They also receive a Festival tote with a curated selection of five books featured at the upcoming Festival, two tickets to the Read & Lead Lunch, and two tickets to the Saturday evening Authors’ Reception. To designate a gift as a Literary Leader, please make a note of this on your check or online donation form.

Carol Troxell Fund

In January 2017, our community suffered a terrible loss with the sudden passing of Carol Troxell, thirty-year owner of New Dominion Bookshop. To honor Carol’s memory, her influence on Charlottesville’s literary community, her unerring knack for recommending books for any sort of reader, and her support for the Virginia Festival of the Book, we invite you to support the Carol Troxell Fund–celebrating voracious reading.

Each year, the Festival features an author as the Carol Troxell Reader, featuring him or her in a solo reading at New Dominion in addition to their regular program. By contributing to this fund, you will help support this ongoing effort and the selected authors, this year and in the future. We hope you can help us honor Carol’s memory in this way. To designate a gift to the Carol Troxell Fund, please make a note of this on your check or online donation form.


The annual Virginia Festival of the Book is a five-day celebration of books, authors, and literacy, which attracts readers of all ages and writers in all genres to hundreds of events in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. We invite you to invest in your community by sponsoring our programming.

As a sponsor of the Virginia Festival of the Book, you are investing in reading, books, and literacy, while also demonstrating your support of the premier spring festival in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Designated a “signature community event” by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Festival welcomes more than 20,000 attendees to the area each March.

The Festival offers a variety of opportunities for sponsors to reach a broad audience through programming and marketing to both local attendees and those from across the Commonwealth and the country. By sponsoring this community-wide Festival, with most of its events free for all to attend, you help sustain the quality of life many residents and visitors seek in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Please contact Jane Kulow for details, including sponsorship benefits.