Published March 17, 2022

Verity Lowell (Meet Me in Madrid) and Jean Meltzer (The Matzah Ball) explore romance at the crossroads of tradition, convention, and modernity, taking readers to Madrid and a Matzah Ball to share stories of falling in love. In conversation with Tamara Whyte.

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Thanks to our bookseller for this event, Book No Further.

**Due to unanticipated circumstances, Anisha Bhatia regrets that she was unable to take part in the 2022 Festival as originally planned.**

“A heartfelt romp . . . [Bhatia’s] characters exemplify what it means to be true to yourself no matter what others may think.”—Booklist

“Lowell’s romance between two educated and charming women will resonate with anyone who has juggled careers and love.”—Booklist

“So delightful!… If you love charming romance novels, or just like fun, [The Matzah Ball] is a wonderful book for readers year-round.”—BookRiot


Virginia Festival of the Book staff, volunteers, partners, and attendees appreciate all of our sponsors. It is their crucial support, along with individual donors, that allows us to present the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book almost completely free of charge. We appreciate the generous commitment from our Premier Sponsor, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, and these major sponsors: Michelle and David Baldacci, Dominion Energy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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We appreciate the support of our community partner for helping share information about this event: UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff

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With generous support from Michelle and David Baldacci

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