Published March 19, 2022

Authors Yasmin Angoe (Her Name is Knight), S.A. Cosby (Razorblade Tears), and Vera Kurian (Never Saw Me Coming) share their highly-acclaimed thrilling tales of two identities, two lost lives, and multiple targeted lives. Navigating the pain of these losses and the fury of past wrongs, characters bent on revenge must question the risks and costs that come with it. In conversation with Art Taylor.

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““A crackerjack story with truly memorable characters. I can’t wait to see what Yasmin Angoe comes up with next.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Cosby’s prose is vibrant and inventive, his action exuberant and relentless…You may come for the setup, but you’ll stay for the storytelling. Cosby writes in a spirit of generous abundance and gleeful abandon.” ―New York Times Book Review

“This bar-raising debut exposes the gray areas in an often misunderstood disorder and defies readers to root against psychopathic antiheroes. Kurian’s highly anticipated thriller will undoubtedly lead fans of Gone Girl, Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter series, and Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels to hope for Chloe’s return.” –Booklist, starred review


The Festival appreciates the support of the Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission in recognition of Winneba, Charlottesville’s Sister City in Ghana, and the Ghanaian connection in Yasmin Angoe’s Her Name is Knight. The Commission exists to promote understanding of and foster relationships among individuals, communities, and cities of the world through cultural, economic, educational, and humanitarian activities. You can read more about their important work here.

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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