Published March 19, 2022

Alex DiFrancesco (Transmutation), Lindsay Merbaum (The Gold Persimmon), and Morgan Thomas (Manywhere) discuss their genre-defying fiction, populated by characters who grapple with ideas of identity, desire, free will, transformation, and the enduring magic of storytelling. In conversation with Nicole Fenton.

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“Part suspenseful romp, part meditation on human connection, The Gold Persimmon is a riveting debut. In twin hotels-one for people seeking escape from grief, one for people seeking escape in sex… Lindsay Merbaum’s captivating characters confront profound questions about identity, loss, fear, and desire.”​—Helen Phillips, author of The Need

Transmutation is an innovative, magical collection about all the things that pulse with possibility: love in all forms, belonging, reckoning, and reclamation. Each sentence is a gem, multi-faceted and full of light. Alex DiFrancesco has the kind of imagination that saves lives.”—K-Ming Chang, author of Bestiary

“Each of the stories in Manywhere is so surprising, with such range. A gorgeous chorus of voices joining to sing the vision of a singular and exciting artist.”―Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby

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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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