Suggested Festival programs for Environmentalists

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As you know, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings together readers and writers each year in for 130+ public programs in all genres and for all reading levels. To help you determine which programs to attend, you can create your own customized Festival schedule with our Bookmarks feature. You can also keep reading and check our blog for suggested schedules for specific interest areas, such as science and the environment…

Land Use & Foodsheds in the Mid-Atlantic

Thu. March 21, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
New Dominion Bookshop

Pam Dawling, author of The Year-Round Hoophouse, joins co-authors Claudia Kousoulas and Ellen Letourneau (Bread and Beauty) in a discussion about preserving and cultivating land sustainably in the mid-Atlantic region. A great pick for farmers, gardeners, and advocates who are interested in learning more about how to be stewards of the environment through cultivating food responsibly.

Environmental Elegies: Sharing the World with Plants & Animals

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
City Council Chambers

Clinton Crockett Peters (Pandora’s Garden) and Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles) discuss how plants and animals influence our lives and how we share the planet with them. As species continue to disappear, Peters explores how surviving species adapt and how to appreciate prevailing life. Shetterly reflects on environmentalism as a philosophy and how to live deliberately by first recognizing the species we don’t want to lose.

New Writing on Climate Change: A Dialogue on Responsibility

Fri. March 22, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
UVA Bookstore

Mike Gunter Jr. (Tales of an Ecotourist), Susan Hand Shetterly (Seaweed Chronicles), and Rick Van Noy (Sudden Spring) discuss the people, animals, and plants they have encountered in their work and travels to some of the planet’s most remarkable places. As climate change continues to alter our environment and disrupt ecosystems that many of us hold dear, these speakers will examine ways to help minimize the damage while playing a part in possible solutions.

Writing to Save Our World: A Celebration of Environmental Writing

Fri. March 22, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Southern Environmental Law Center

This program celebrates environmental writing focused on the American South. Earl Swift, author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island will speak at the celebration of the Reed Award for Environmental Writing presented by the Southern Environmental Law Center. The program will also recognize two recipients of the 2019 Reed Award, given for excellent writing on the Southern environment in book-length nonfiction and journalism.