2019 Friday Highlights


Friday of the Festival included headliners Jason Reynolds and Laurie Halse Anderson in a one-on-one conversation about tough topics, our partnership with the Virginia Film Festival to present a special screening of The Public with Emilio Estevez, our annual Friday Night Crime Wave headliners—this year, including Don Winslow, author of The Border—and so much more! Explore photos and videos from day three of the 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book…


Writing Tough Topics with Laurie Halse Anderson and Jason Reynolds – VaBookFest 2019

In a compelling one-on-one conversation, bestselling and award-winning authors Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT) and Jason Reynolds (Long Way Down) discuss their relationships to writing and reading, the impact that storytelling and books have had on their lives, and the ways in which their work is meant to be a call to action for readers.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Friday, March 22, 2019

Overcoming the Odds: Biographies of Great American Leaders – VaBookFest 2019

Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) and David W. Blight (Frederick Douglass) discuss, through their acclaimed biographies, the extraordinary lives of the famous African-American activist-leaders Arthur Ashe and Frederick Douglass.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Friday, March 22, 2019

The Attractions of Power: Latin America

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Friday, March 22, 2019

New Writing on Climate Change – A Dialogue on Responsibility

Mike Gunter Jr. (Tales of an Ecotourist), Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles), and Rick Van Noy (Sudden Spring) discuss the people and wildlife that they’ve encountered in their work, as well as the threats that climate change poses for them and the impacts that it has already had, from Downeast Maine to the Gulf Coast of the American South, and across the globe.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Friday, March 22, 2019

Political (Dis)harmony: Music & Social Movements – VaBookFest 2019

Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time), Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus), and Imani Perry (May We Forever Stand) discuss the roles played by music and musicians in organizing social movements, past and present.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Friday, March 22, 2019

Place & Politics in Music: Cultural Histories – Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and John Lingan (Homeplace) discuss their research and the revelations they had while trying to tell histories associated with music legends Patsy Cline and Pete Seeger.

Posted by Virginia Humanities on Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Following Videos Courtesy Charlottesville TV10



Courtesy the Paramount Theater

Courtesy UVA Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library