The River Runs South

March 8, 2024 7PM – 8:30PM

The River Runs South, Aubrey Ingram’s latest novel, is the story of Camille Taylor, whose life in the city breaks apart when her husband dies unexpectedly.


Creative Words at Rapunzel’s

March 9, 2024 6:30PM – 8PM

Join us for a fun night of poetry and prose at Rapunzel’s, an eclectic bookstore, arts, and music venue in the heart of Nelson County!


The Daughter Ship in Alexandria

March 12, 2024 7PM – 8:30PM

Author Boo Trundle will read from her debut novel, The Daughter Ship, and discuss the craft of writing during this Festival Preview Event at Old Town Books!


Feral Sam and author Sharyn McCrumb

March 14, 2024 6PM – 7:30PM

Bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb will talk about her newest installment in The Marvin Chronicles: The Life and Times of Feral Sam.


Unsung Women

March 20, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

Expand your understanding of three historic women in this inspiring panel with Ruth P. Watson, Virginia Pye, and Stephanie Dray.


Same Page Community Read: Florence Adler Swims Forever

March 20, 2024 5:30PM – 7PM

Each year, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library invites all book lovers to participate in the Same Page Community Read, providing local residents with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community.


Autonomy and Agency

March 21, 2024 12:30PM – 2PM

Three storytellers approach womanhood, belonging, and justice in the United States.


Strange Species: Science Fiction

March 21, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM

Two science fiction novels, A Half Built Garden by Ruthanna Emrys and Underjungle by James Sturz, create imaginative worlds to probe the state of humanity with fascinating questions.


Lawless Women

March 21, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

Join bestselling authors Heather Webb, Katherine Howe, and Kathleen Grissom for a lively conversation about women who redefined their place in the world.


Queer Reimaginings with SJ Sindu and Addie Tsai, in Conversation with Henry Hoke

March 21, 2024 4PM – 5:30PM

Three authors explore the tradition of queer literary fiction, and how writers are expanding the genre in imaginative and evocative ways.


Dark Imaginations

March 21, 2024 5:30PM – 7PM

Across time and genre, four authors explore the dark side of their imaginations.


The Texture of Family: Black Fiction

March 22, 2024 10:30AM – 12PM

Join as authors Jeffrey Blount, Donna Hemans, and Joanna Skerrett discuss their novels that explore the texture of Black families.


Multigenerational Fiction: Ghosts and Secrets

March 22, 2024 12:30PM – 2PM

Jimin Han’s The Apology, Denene Millner’s One Blood, and Idra Novey’s Take What You Need explore the meaning of legacy across generations.


Southern Fried Crime

March 22, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM

Two novelists explore the ties that bind and the binds that they can get us into.


Blue Ridge Thrillers

March 22, 2024 2:30PM – 4PM

Three debut Crime Wave authors find the seamy underbelly lurking below the cool silhouette of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Better Halves: Romcom Heroines Meet Their Matches

March 22, 2024 2:30PM – 4PM

Two award-winning romance authors explore queer love, hometown ties, and the magic that makes all these relationships work.


Blue Hour

March 22, 2024 4PM – 5:30PM

A Black Japanese woman recovering from the emotional scars of a miscarriage ponders questions of motherhood when a boy in her community becomes a victim of police brutality.


Like a Lady: Women in Crime

March 23, 2024 10AM – 11:30AM

Three writers investigate women’s various roles in true crime: witnesses, perpetrators, consumers, and survivors.


JMRL Book Swap

March 23, 2024 10AM – 12:30PM

Swap your gently used books for something new to you. It’s free, fun, and for all ages!


Moments in Time: Historical Fiction Breakfast

March 23, 2024 10AM – 12:30PM
Ticketed Event

We’ve added a few more tickets to this previously sold out event! Enjoy a delectable breakfast and sparkling mimosas with authors Brinda Charry, Adriana Trigiani and Jeannette Walls, in conversation with Rachel Beanland.


Virginia Festival of the Book at the Paramount Theater

March 23, 2024 10:30AM – 8PM
Ticketed Event

One ticket gives you access to up-front section seating at all four Virginia Festival of the Book featured and headlining events at The Paramount Theater.


Sequels & Segues: Crime Wave

March 23, 2024 11:30AM – 1PM

Three returning Crime Wave authors each share the latest books in their thrilling spy series.


Late Fines and Lies: Library Crimes

March 23, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM

Three Crime Wave authors seek killers in the stacks!


Book Tour: James by Percival Everett 

March 23, 2024 6:30PM – 8PM
Ticketed Event

With its release in mid-March, 2024, you will be among the first readers to be swept away in Percival Everett’s reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.


The Write Start: Moseley Speed Critique 

March 24, 2024 1PM – 3PM

Panelists will read aloud from anonymous submissions of the first 100 words of original, unpublished manuscripts, then discuss story elements that work, suggest story elements that could be improved, and answer questions from the audience.

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