Published January 31, 2022

We are thrilled to announce the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book schedule of in-person and virtual events, including more than 80 free, public events now available to explore at!

“Each of these events allows you to hear directly from the author, and, whether you experience that in a local venue or from your own location, that exchange can enhance our understanding of a topic, introduce us to new authors, and allow us to be reminded anew of how stories connect us,” says Festival director Jane Kulow.

Some highlights include: 

JMRL Same Page Community Read: We Are Not Free with Traci Chee

Thursday, March 17, 7 PM ET, CODE Building, Charlottesville 

Traci Chee (We Are Not Free) discusses her acclaimed novel for young readers, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II. In conversation with local children’s author, Amy Lee-Tai.

FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Presented in partnership with Jefferson-Madison Regional Library as the 2022 JMRL Same Page Community Read selection. Sponsored by Dominion Energy and Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Crime Wave: Secrets, Sisters, and Spies

Friday, March 18, 7 PM ET, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville

Join authors Kellye Garrett (Like a Sister), Naomi Hirahara (Clark and Division), and Alma Katsu (Red Widow), as they share their highly-acclaimed, new mysteries offering keen explorations of sisterhood, both biological and chosen. Each novel reveals different facets of American culture as the heroines work to solve inexplicable deaths and long-hidden secrets. Moderated by Ellen Crosby.


NBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

Saturday, March 19, 4 PM ET, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville

2021 National Book Award–honored authors Robert Jones, Jr. (The Prophets, Finalist, Fiction), Amber McBride (Me (Moth), Finalist, Young People’s Literature), and Jason Mott (Hell of a Book, Winner, Fiction) join us for a conversation on ancestors, ghosts, and community. Moderated by Hannah Oliver Depp

FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation. 

Southern Landscapes: Real and Imagined

Saturday, March 19, 7 PM ET, The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville—TICKETS REQUIRED

Authors Ralph Eubanks (A Place Like Mississippi), Jocelyn Nicole Johnson (My Monticello), and Imani Perry (South to America) take center stage at this Festival headliner event to discuss the storied fact and fiction of the American South. The famed storytellers of Mississippi, short stories of the near future in central Virginia, and an historian’s travelogue of the southern states together provide a multigenre exploration of the region and what it means to belong to this place. Moderated by Justin G. Reid.

Tickets are $25 general admission ($12 for students) and may be purchased at

Poetry for Today: Readings by Victoria Chang and Rita Dove

Sunday, March 20, 3 PM ET, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville

In partnership with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA) and as the closing event for the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book, we present poets Victoria Chang (Obit) and Rita Dove (Playlist for the Apocalypse) as they read from and discuss their recent collections. Chang received the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Obit, and Dove is a long-time juror for the AWBA, which was established in 1935 and is the only juried American book prize focusing on works that address racism and diversity. Moderated by Karen Long.

FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO THE PUBLICSponsored by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

But that’s not all!

Explore the full schedule of 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book events at All virtual events and the majority of in-person events are free to attend and open to the public. Festival COVID protocols for in-person events are available at

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