Premier Sponsor

Major Sponsors

CFA Institute
UVA
Bank of America

Other Sponsors

Charlottesville, Virginia 1762
Charlottesville Airport (CHO)

Sponsors & Contributors

Virginia Humanities, which produces the Virginia Festival of the Book, thanks the donors who designated their cash and in-kind gifts to the Festival. This list includes gifts received from February 15, 2020 to March 7, 2021. If we inadvertently omitted anyone, please accept our apologies.

$25,000 and up

  • The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
  • Dominion Energy
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation

$10,000 – $24,999

  • Anonymous
  • Bank of America
  • CFA Institute
  • CHO Airport
  • City of Charlottesville
  • County of Albemarle
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • UVA Office of the President

$5,000 – $9,999

  • Charles Heiner
  • Wells Fargo

$2,500 – $4,999

  • Anthology Senior Living
  • Antoinette and Benjamin Brewster
  • Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
  • Betsy and James Greene
  • John Shackelford Toms
  • UVA Gamma Knife Center
  • Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

$1,000 – $2,499

  • Anonymous
  • Nathalie and James Andrews
  • Candie and Chuck Bruse
  • Charlottesville Pride Community Network
  • Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission
  • Sara and Charles Dassance
  • Jane and Tom Davis
  • Heiner Family Fund
  • Catherine and W. Tucker Lemon
  • Gretchen McKee
  • Terrence Sykes and William Alexander

$500 – $999

  • Anonymous
  • Andrea and Fax Ayres
  • Linda Butler
  • Trish Carpenter
  • Susan and Michael Coleman
  • Heather and Jonathon Hill
  • Linda Kauss and Clark Hoyt
  • Karen Kigin
  • McCrea and David Kudravetz
  • Jane and Rick Kulow
  • Diane and Eric Lawson
  • Arlene Lee
  • Daryl and Stephen Nemo
  • Marijean and Seth Oldham
  • R E Lee Companies
  • Rachel Unkefer and Dan Doernberg
  • Susan and Paul Yesawich
  • Karen Zeno

$250 – $499

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Susan and Louis Cable
  • Clergy & Laity United for Justice and Peace
  • Nancy and Fred Damon
  • Joanne and Maynard Davis
  • Honnor Dorsey
  • Lisa M. Draine
  • Jenny Gaden
  • Clifford Garstang
  • Elizabeth Gay
  • Stephanie and Mark Goodwin
  • Sandi Green
  • Carol Gronstal
  • Jane and Thomas Hansen
  • Jo Ann and Buzzy Hofheimer
  • Evelyn and Gary Kessler
  • Sandra T Ladner
  • Dr. George Leaman
  • Terri Barry Long
  • Linda McGee
  • Elizabeth Millett and Lee Lewis
  • JoAnne Miner
  • Margaret and William Schrader
  • Margaret Owen Tabor
  • Elsie Mac Thompson
  • Maureen Wellen and Ed Freeman

$100 – $249

  • Anonymous (6)
  • Sara Barnes
  • Louisa Barrett
  • Catherine Bodkin
  • Lanier and Eugene Bogen 
  • Wendy and Stephen Bragaw
  • Madeline Bryson
  • Kay Burnett
  • Christine and James Campbell
  • Alice and Jon Cannon 
  • Beverly and Charles Capone
  • Dorothy Carney
  • Jean Carver
  • Janis and Bob Chevalier
  • Leone Ciporin
  • Susan Cand Norman Colpitts
  • Barbara Cornejo
  • Margaret Cox
  • Elizabeth Creamer
  • Victoria Damiani
  • Ellen and André de Nesnera
  • Jane Dittmar and Frank Squillace
  • Karen and Tom Dowd
  • Barbara and Bob Drake
  • Rhoda Dreyfus
  • Linda and Don Dunham
  • Sally Dunn
  • Chris Dunne
  • Bette Dzamba and David Sellers
  • Elizabeth Emrey
  • Fran and Frank Feigert
  • Joan and Robert Forrest
  • Pam Friedman and Ronald Bailey
  • Elizabeth Fuller
  • Anne and James Gelly
  • Maya and Chris Ghaemmaghami
  • Peg Gilliland and Mike Pegan
  • Mac Griswold
  • Sharon and James Harrigan
  • Carolyn Herring
  • Sharon Hostler
  • Deborah and Roscoe Howard
  • Mary and Dick Howard
  • Corliss and Joseph Hubert
  • Heidi Jones
  • Leatha Kendrick
  • Robert Knospe
  • Enid Krieger
  • Laura and William Laffond
  • Evette Lamka and Robert Reynolds
  • Peppy Linden
  • Ginny and Gordon Lindsey
  • Rachel and Jimmy Miller
  • Sharon and Charles McCurdy
  • Charlotte McDaniel
  • Edith and Henry McHenry
  • Alice Meador
  • MaryLewis Meador and Dan Meador
  • Priscilla Melchior
  • Debby Mercer
  • Judith Mickelson
  • Janet and Ed Miller
  • JoAnne Miner
  • Cheryl Norman
  • Robert O’Connell
  • Linda and Dennis O’Connor
  • Carol Owen
  • Jeannie & Philip Palin
  • KK and Larry Pearson
  • Clorisa Phillips and Alec Horniman
  • Pat Punch and Leslie Middleton
  • Sue and Reuben Rainey
  • Glenda Regan
  • Kim Rendelson and Gabriel Goldberg
  • Mary Richardson
  • Diane Ritter
  • Aleene and Robert Rose 
  • Marion Rothman
  • Patty Rousseau
  • Lynn Seuffert
  • Renee Shea
  • Marjorie and John Shepherd
  • Sallie Singletary
  • Shamim Sisson and Jim Cooper
  • Allison and John Sleeman 
  • Marilyn Smith
  • Nancy Smith
  • Diane and Michael Solatka
  • Sarah and Gordo Sutton
  • Elizabeth and Rocky Taylor
  • Kevin Terhaar and Susan Martin
  • Elizabeth Teviotdale
  • Abigail Turner and Dave Watson
  • Lucie Vogel
  • Mitzi Ware
  • Mickey Weatherford
  • Martha and Geoff Weiss
  • Sandra Werner
  • Roger Williams
  • Deborah and Charles Wright

Up to $99

  • Anonymous (8)
  • Anne Accola
  • Mary Adams-Legge
  • Marilyn Aho
  • Jennifer Alluisi
  • Garth Anderson
  • Wini Ashooh
  • Betsy Ashton
  • Erica Barnes and Matt Yohe
  • Barrie Barrett
  • Mary Bennett
  • Bill Beverly
  • Donna Blessing
  • Barbara and James Boyd
  • Jeanine Braithwaite and Allan Nathanson
  • Heidi and Michael Branch
  • Bea Brittain
  • Dorine and Lindsay Brown
  • Sumner Brown and Herb Beskin
  • Wayne Burgess
  • Maureen Burkhill
  • Elise Burroughs
  • Carolyn Cades and Daniel Engel
  • Julie Campbell
  • Susan Carlson
  • Patricia Carpenter
  • Bevin and Vito Cetta 
  • Roxanne Chandler
  • Cynthia Chapman
  • Lorraine Chiota
  • Casey Clabough
  • Marjorie Clark
  • Sandra Cline
  • Bobbye Cohen
  • Barbara Conaty
  • Barbara Conner
  • Eugenia Cornell
  • Daphne Cox
  • Leighton Cumming
  • Denise Davis
  • Kristy Davis
  • Lucille and Kennerly Digges
  • Harry Domicone
  • Wilma Dotson
  • Roger Dowdy
  • Tracey Elder
  • Karen and Matthew Ernst
  • Anne Farrell
  • Krista and Pat Farrell
  • Peter Fisher
  • Bette and Charles Flickinger 
  • Mary Foley and David Brautigan
  • John Frazee and Cindy Cartwright
  • Janie and Ronald Goldberg
  • Julie Gronlund and Colin Byrne
  • Linda Gunn
  • Barbara Hamran
  • Helen Harless
  • Madaline Harrison and Daniel Becker
  • Nell & David Hibbitts
  • Jay & Wendy Hirsh
  • Elenor and Rick Hodges
  • Joyce and Michael Holt
  • Rose Hotchkiss
  • Tammy and Brian Jackson
  • Kay Jenkins
  • Margaret and Jeffery Johnson
  • Georgia Joyal
  • Marjorie Kasch
  • Nancy and Shahir Kassam-Adams
  • Maureen Kelly
  • Glenn Kidder
  • Joan Kindig
  • Robert King
  • Caroline and Ken Kipps 
  • Kathleen Kirk
  • Susan and Timothy Klobuchar
  • Virginia Knight
  • Beverly and E.H. Lammay
  • Kathleen and Nicholas Lang
  • Sheila and Edgar Lawson
  • Linda Lester
  • Sue and Ed Lewis
  • Carol and Ky Lindsay
  • Ann and George Loper
  • Iris and Andre Luck
  • Faye Male
  • Katherine and John Mallett
  • Mary Martin
  • Worthy Martin
  • Janice Mayne
  • Marla and Dennis McGaugh
  • Avis McGuiggan
  • Jennifer McKeever
  • Christine and Gary Medlin
  • Marsha Melkonian
  • Bonita and Michael Metz
  • Virginia and Tim Michel
  • Charles Miller
  • Martha Moore
  • Maree Morgan
  • Marney Morrison
  • Marsha Mueller
  • Melody and Stephen Nichols 
  • Nancy Nimmich
  • Christine Oots
  • Anne Paxton
  • Kaki and Ted Pearson 
  • Leontyne and Lyle Peck
  • Sally and Tom Pettit
  • Jacquie and John Pickering
  • Elizabeth Piper
  • Karen & Thomas Poos
  • Deborah & Bruce Prum
  • Barbara and Henry Rainville
  • Carol Rasco
  • Erika Raskin-Littlewood and Keith Littlewood
  • Nancy Regan and Jonathan Kates
  • Marjorie and Michael Rein
  • Cheryl and Robert Ribando
  • Suzanne Richardson
  • Kathleen and Wayne Riddle
  • Sharon Ritt
  • Sharon Robyn
  • Sue Rockwell
  • Mary Rogers
  • Hubert Roop
  • Dale and Jodi Roper
  • Carolyn and Frank Rose 
  • Diane Rosin and Mark Okusa
  • Heather and Philip Rowland
  • Marilyn Rurak and David Matthews
  • Sprightley Ryan
  • Carol and Robert Sacks
  • Jocelyn and Bruce Saunders
  • Rencie and Peter Schmidt 
  • Claudine Schweber
  • Robert Scott
  • Ellen Shrum
  • Michele and Al Sinesky
  • Fran and Marshall Slayton
  • Janet Smalley
  • Martha Smith
  • Hedy Southard
  • Maureen Stoetzel
  • Suzanne Sutherland
  • Dr. Grace Suttle
  • Chris Sweeters
  • Patience Sydnor
  • Teresa and John Thelin
  • Katie Thomas
  • Camille Thompson
  • David Throup
  • Fred Trautman
  • Laura Robert Troy
  • Phoebe Tucker
  • Margaret and Mike Van Yahres
  • Doris and David Vander Meulen 
  • Kathy and Chris Walmsley
  • Andrea Williams
  • Valerie and John Williams
  • Brenda Wilson and Augustino Ruotolo
  • Margaret Wilson
  • Sandy Wisco
  • Cynthia Woerner

Authors Fund Donors

  • Anonymous
  • Catherine Bodkin
  • Candie and Chuck Bruse
  • Leatha Kendrick
  • Charlotte McDaniel
  • Gretchen McKee
  • Liza Millett and Lee Lewis
  • Laura and Robert Troy

Literary Leaders

The Festival appreciates the generous support of $2,500 or more from each of these Literary Leaders:

  • Anonymous
  • Antoinette and Benjamin Brewster
  • Betsy and James Greene
  • John Shackelford Toms

In Memory of Carol Troxell

Information about our 2021 Carol Troxell Reader can be found here.

  • Louisa Barrett
  • Elizabeth Fuller
  • Shamim Sisson and Jim Cooper
  • Laura and Robert Troy

Honorary and Memorial Gifts

  • In Memory of John D. Arras
    • Elizabeth Emrey
  • In Memory of The Honorable Gerald L. Baliles
    • Anonymous
  • In Memory of June Mitchell Bridgeforth
    • Nancy and Fred Damon
  • In Memory of Amy Brueckner
    • Christine and James Campbell
  • In Honor of Nancy Coble Damon
    • Enid Krieger
    • Marjorie and John Shepherd 
  • In Honor of Barbara Drake
    • Susan Cand Louis Cable
  • In Memory of William W. Dunn
    • Sally Dunn
  • In Honor of Karen G. Ernst
    • Heidi Jones
  • In Honor of Kyle and Billy Farr
    • Margaret and Owen Tabor
  • In Honor of Linda Lee Greene
    • Elizabeth Creamer
  • In Honor of Julia McCrea Kudravetz
    • McCrea and David Kudravetz
  • In Honor of Jane Kulow
    • Jane Dittmar and Frank Squillace
    • Harry Domicone
    • Marjorie and John Shepherd
  • In Memory of Helen Katz Mervis and Jerome Mervis
    • Karen Zeno
  • In Honor of Lincoln Michel
    • Virginia and Tim Michel
  • In Memory of James C. Miller
    • Christine Sweeters
  • In Memory of Barbara Raskin
    • Erika Raskin-Littlewood and Keith Littlewood
  • In Memory of Patricia Norris Stewart
    • Teresa and John Thelin
  • In Memory of Dave Taylor
    • Nancy and Fred Damon
  • In Memory of Wynn Gravely Toms
    • John Shackelford Toms
  • In Memory of Robert C. Vaughan III
    • Anonymous
    • Jeannie and Phil Palin
  • In Memory of James E. Weatherford
    • Mickey Weatherford

In-Kind Support

  • National Book Foundation
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Zebra Pens

Media In-Kind Sponsorships

  • CharlottesvilleFamily
  • C-VILLE Weekly
  • Ivy Life & Style Media
  • The Daily Progress
  • Virginia Public Media
  • WNRN 91.9FM
  • WTJU 91.1FM

Volunteers & Committees

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a community-driven effort, and, as such, greatly appreciates the support of these organizations, schools, and groups in helping to develop and present our 2021 programs.

We wish to acknowledge the work of hundreds of others who would be involved if we were able to present in-person programming, including Reading Circle reviewers, the Volunteer Steering Committee & Site Coordinators, the hundreds of volunteers they recruit and schedule, and volunteer drivers. We look forward to working with you all again in the future!

Office Volunteers and Interns, 2020-2021

  • Linda Dunham
  • Judy Harmon
  • Cecilia Mills
  • Cheryl Ribando
  • Phil Schrodt
  • Aaron Rose, UVA
  • Melissa Zhu, UVA

Youth Committee

  • Sarah FitzHnery
  • Peter Jones
  • Joan Kindig
  • Amber Loyacano
  • Katherine Plunkett
  • Debbie Rondeau
  • Mitzi Ware

Graphic Design

  • Angela Dominguez, 2021 poster image
  • Josef Beery, original Festival logo

Advisory Committee

We wish to acknowledge program suggestions, operating counsel, and other advisory support from the following individuals, in addition to an international consortium of book festival directors and directors of affiliates of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

  • Erica Barnes
  • Niya Bates
  • Josef Beery
  • Althea Brooks
  • Jaronda Miller Bryant
  • Eboni Bugg
  • Roy Cadoff
  • Carol Coffey
  • Meredith Cole
  • Paul Collinge
  • Tish Colvin
  • Andrea Copeland-Whitsett
  • Abby Cox
  • Shilpa Davé
  • Andrea Douglas
  • Lisa Draine
  • Robert Dunnenberger
  • Catalina Esguerra
  • Krista Farrell
  • Sarah FitzHenry
  • Alan Goffinski
  • Patsy Goolsby
  • Michael Green
  • Sarah Hamfeldt
  • Dan Hennicke
  • Sibley Johns
  • Denise Johnson
  • Janet Kaltenbach
  • Rebecca Kendall
  • Leigh Keniston
  • Jody Kielbasa
  • Amanda Korman
  • Enid Krieger
  • Julia Kudravetz
  • Jeb Livingood
  • Iréne Mathieu
  • Sunshine Mathon
  • Lauren Maupin
  • Jenny Mays
  • Mack McLellan
  • Ryan McPherson
  • Carolyn Merrick
  • Cecilia Mills
  • Judy Moody
  • Cameron Mowat
  • Abby Palko
  • David Plunkett
  • Elaine Poon
  • Leah Puryear
  • Lizzy Ramey
  • Justin Reid      
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Jen Rogers
  • Jalane Schmidt
  • Frank Squillace
  • Jenny Wales
  • Deb Winslow
  • Brendan Wolfe
  • Lisa Woolfork
  • Allison Wright

Volunteer Committee

  • Liza Millett, chair
  • Susan Cable
  • Rosemarie Calzadilla
  • Catherine and John Campagnino
  • Nancy Damon
  • Dana Eastman
  • Liz Freshwater
  • Peg Gilliland
  • Marjie Giuliano
  • Barbarie Hill
  • Evette Lamka
  • Joyce MacDonald
  • Zanne MacDonald
  • Kim Martin
  • Bill Nesbit
  • Betty Pitt
  • Laura Rydin
  • Ellen Soroka
  • Joan Tepper
  • Kathy Walmsley
  • Nancy Weikert

Community Partners

  • 1455 Literary Arts
  • African American Authors Book Club
  • Alabama Center for the Book
  • Alabama Humanities Alliance
  • Albemarle County Community Development Department
  • Albemarle Housing Improvement Program
  • American Indian & Indigenous Community Center at Virginia Tech
  • Black Millennials for Flint
  • Book No Further
  • Books Bound2Please
  • Books on Bikes
  • Building Goodness Foundation
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute at UVA
  • Center for Nonprofit Excellence
  • Central Virginia Regional Housing Partnership
  • Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice
  • Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated
  • Charlottesville Pride Community Network
  • Charlottesville Tomorrow
  • Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace
  • Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
  • Creative Writing Department at Virginia Tech
  • Crime Writers of Color
  • Disability Advocacy & Action Committee at UVA
  • Disability Studies Initiative at UVA
  • East City Bookshop
  • Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Fall for the Book
  • Feast!
  • Fitz Between the Shelves 
  • FreddyMac
  • Greenwood Gourmet Grocery
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville
  • Highlands Bird Club
  • Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at UVA
  • Ivy Creek Foundation
  • James River Writers
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA
  • Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
  • M. Revak & Co.
  • Maine Center for the Book
  • Maine Humanities
  • Mapping Cville
  • Maryland Humanities
  • Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA
  • Michigan Humanities
  • Montclair Literary Festival
  • Mystery Writers of America
  • Network2Work @ PVCC
  • New City Arts
  • New Dominion Bookshop
  • Northern Virginia Bird Club
  • OLLI – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UVA
  • PACEM
  • Piedmont Housing Alliance
  • Piedmont Virginia Bird Club
  • Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR)
  • Randolph College Low Residency MFA Program
  • ReadyKids
  • Roanoke Public Libraries
  • Roanoke Valley Bird Club
  • Rockbridge Bird Club
  • SHE – Shelter for Help in Emergency
  • Sisters in Crime – MidAtlantic
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • The Back Room
  • The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
  • The Center at Belvedere
  • The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
  • The Democracy Initiative at UVA
  • The Equity Center at UVA
  • The Haven
  • The Lodge at Old Trail
  • The Muse Writers Center
  • Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission
  • University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE)
  • UVA Bookstore
  • UVA Department of American Studies
  • UVA Department of Creative Writing
  • UVA Department of Environmental Sciences
  • UVA Department of Urban and Environmental Planning
  • UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff
  • UVA Library
  • UVA McIntire Department of Music
  • UVA Student Disability Access Center
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Virginia Housing
  • Virginia Organizing
  • Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Virginia Romance Writers
  • Virginia Society of Ornithology
  • Watershed Lit Center at GMU
  • Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge
  • Wisconsin Book Festival
  • With Good Reason Radio
  • WordPlay at the Loft
  • WriterHouse

Thank you!

Virginia Festival of the Book staff, volunteers, partners, and attendees appreciate all of our sponsors. It is their crucial support, along with individual donors, that allows us to present the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book completely free of charge.

Partner With Us

To explore opportunities to partner with us, learn more about sponsorship opportunities here and contact Jane Kulow for more details.