Tickets now on sale for more VaBook2020 headlining programs


With less than two months to go until the 26th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, we hope you’ve begun to explore the schedule on and save your favorite programs in your Bookmarks. Further, we’re very pleased to announce a few more headlining programs for March, including must-see movies, insights on creative genius, musical and poetic responses to cultural diplomacy, thrilling tales of environmental justice, and more! Keep reading for more details…

Dark Waters Screening with Special Guest Robert Bilott
Saturday, March 21, 8:00 PM at The Paramount Theater
Sponsored by Bank of America, the Virginia Film Festival, UVA School of Law, and the Paramount Theater
The Virginia Festival of the Book and Virginia Film Festival are pleased to present author and attorney Robert Bilott (Exposure) and a special screening of Dark Waters, a thriller directed by Todd Haynes and based on the true story of Bilott’s twenty-year legal battle with DuPont to expose the company’s environmental contamination as well as the internal cover-up of the harmful effects of their chemicals and the resulting deaths from exposure to those toxins. Bilott will appear in a post-screening discussion, and will sign copies of his book, Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont, following the discussion. Book sales will take place before and after the screening. Tickets and additional details are available HERE.

Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Poetry, Music, and International Exchange
Saturday, March 21, 4:00 PM at The Paramount Theater
Sponsored by the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission and the Virginia Folklife Program
Join the Virginia Festival of the Book and the Virginia Folklife Program for an afternoon of poetry and music exploring the ways in which folk and traditional arts can serve as a powerful means of international exchange and cultural diplomacy. Acclaimed poet Nina Murray will read from her recent collection of poems, Alcestis in the Underworld, inspired by her time as a foreign service officer. Musical performances will feature Shenandoah Valley multi-instrumentalist Danny Knicely with Cabo Verdean musician Zerui Depina, Sephardic ballad singers Susan Gaeta and Gina Sobel, and Richmond gospel icons The Legendary Ingramettes. Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman hosts. Tickets and additional details are available HERE.

A Conversation with Vashti Harrison
Friday, March 20, 6:00 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Sponsored by the CFA Institute; Hosted by Delta Sigma Theta
2020 Festival youth headliner Vashti Harrison (Little Legends) discusses her work as an acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books, her formative experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, and her hopes and plans for the future of her creative career; in conversation with her undergraduate mentor Claudrena Harold. Harrison earned her MFA in film/video from CalArts and her BA from the University of Virginia. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public. More details are available HERE.

Spirited Away & Miyazakiworld: A Screening & Talk
Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 PM at Violet Crown Cinema
Sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival as part of their 2020 VAFF at Violet Crown series
Susan Napier (Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art) will introduce and have a post-screening book signing in conjunction with this screening of Spirited Away. Perhaps the most widely acclaimed of animator Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic films, Spirited Away received the Academy Award for Best Animated Film at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003, and remains the highest grossing Japanese film in history. Book sales and signing will follow. Tickets are required and will go on sale on February 19. More details are available HERE.