New headliners added to the 2019 line-up!


We’ll release the full 2019 Festival schedule on January 14, but we are so thrilled about these evening headliner programs that we just couldn’t wait any longer to tell you about them. Featuring some of the most acclaimed authors working in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry today, we recommend getting your tickets to these programs soon, as they’re sure to sell out!

History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power

March 20, 6:00 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy (Monumental) and former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (In the Shadow of Statues) discuss their experiences working as elected representatives and examining the history behind and presented by public monuments in their cities. Moderated by Gregg Kimball, co-chair of Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission.
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An Evening with Festival All-Stars

March 20, 8:00 PM at The Paramount Theater
In honor of our twenty-fifth anniversary this year, three of the Festival’s most popular recurring authors—Lee Smith (Dimestore), Adriana Trigiani (Tony’s Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot)—take the stage to share memories and swap stories, reflect on the evolution of all things literary in the past quarter-century, and discuss their own work, past, present, and future. Hosted by Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures).
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All of Our Rights: America’s Legacy of Inequality

March 21, 8:00 PM at The Paramount Theater
Carol Anderson (One Person, No Vote), Michael Eric Dyson (What Truth Sounds Like), and Martha S. Jones (Birthright Citizens) discuss their award-winning works focused on American rights, racism, and resistance. From Dyson’s examination of the Civil Rights movement to Anderson’s startling and timely look at voter suppression and Jones’ deeply-researched study of birthright citizenship, this conversation will explore the opportunities as well as the conflicts between people and policies. Moderated by Jamelle Bouie, columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and a political analyst for CBS News.
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Future Tense: Writers You’ll be Reading for the Next 25 Years

Saturday, March 23, 8:00 PM at The Paramount Theater
As three of the most exciting young writers today, Mitchell S. Jackson (Survival Math), José Olivarez (Citizen Illegal), and Sarah Smarsh (Heartland) share and discuss their deeply personal works of nonfiction and poetry, each representing an eye-opening look into larger social and political issues in America. Moderated by Carlos Lozada, nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post.
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And don’t forget! Tickets for the Read & Lead Lunch with Barbara Ehrenreich and the Crime Wave Brunch with Don Winslow are still available but selling quickly.