Published January 8, 2024

Mark your calendar and get your tickets today: tickets for select 2024 Virginia Festival of the Book events at the Paramount Theater and our Historical Fiction Breakfast are on sale now!

Get a special all-day-pass to Paramount programs with Danica RoemRoxane GayPercival Everett, and Ada Limón; or individual tickets to your favorite writers’ events.

We are also excited that our Historical Fiction Breakfast is happening at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. Reserve a table for your book club or just arrive solo or with a friend to hear Brinda CharryAdriana Trigiani, and Jeannette Walls, in conversation with Rachel Beanland, discussing their tales set back in time.

We’re especially thrilled that our Festival will be rounding out a third decade. We’re throwing ourselves a big bookish birthday bash: our “Wordy Thirty Anniversary Party,” on the Saturday evening of this day chock-full of events, including the ones listed below. More details to come soon!


One ticket gives you access to up-front seating at all four Virginia Festival of the Book featured and headlining events at the Paramount Theater (listed below).

  • $75 Priority Seating
  • $125 Couples Priority Seating
  • $25 Student Priority Seating

Book sales and signings will be available with Danica Roem, Roxane Gay, and Ada Limón immediately following each respective Paramount event. Pre-signed books by Percival Everett will be for sale. Note that the house will be cleared between events, but that your ticket grants you seating in the front.


Burn The Page with Danica Roem

A former front-woman of a metal band and a sitting Virginia Senator: Danica Roem is both.

In vivid and captivating prose, she describes how she transformed what some might consider weak points into her greatest strengths, inspiring us all to write our own stories with verve and fire.

Danica Roem is the first transgender Virginia State Senator and a master storyteller, and Burn the Page: A True Story of Torching Doubts, Blazing Trails, and Igniting Change is a call, an inspiration, and a memoir. It is a manifesto written to galvanize readers to make their own. Roem will be in conversation with Gary Nimax, chair of UVA’s LGBTQ Committee — this event’s program partner.


The Hurting Kind, and Other Poems: U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón

“U.S. poet Ada Limón writes with simple and disarming honesty—for people rather than other poets,” declares The Guardian about Limón’s newest book, The Hurting Kind.

In all of her works, be it the National Book Award Finalist Bright Dead Things or the National Book Critics Award winner The Carrying, Limón is attuned to the vibrant mysteries of the natural world and the vulnerabilities that lurk and rest within the human condition.

The U.S. Poet Laureate and recent MacArthur “Genius” Awardee will explore her poetry and practice during what promises to be a memorable evening.


Opinions with Roxane Gay

Politics. Social Justice. Feminism. The Culture Wars. Not to mention that all-consuming office crush….

New York Times bestseller of Bad Feminist and Hunger, and talked-about New York Times columnist and trusted “Work Friend” columnist Roxane Gay has never shied away from any issue, whether it’s an incendiary argument sweeping America, or a mundane matter of meddling coworkers. Roxane will bring her sharp and witty acumen to the Virginia Festival of the Book in a discussion of Opinions: A Decade Arguments Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business; as well as insightful workday advice to readers in need of a little guidance. 


James with Percival Everett

A “literary icon” (according to Oprah Daily), Pulitzer Prize finalist, and one of the most acclaimed authors of our era is bringing the book tour of his newest novel, James, to the Virginia Festival of the Book.

With its release in mid-March, 2024, you will be among the first readers to be swept away in a reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one that centers the enduring character “Jim” on an adventurous ride down the Mississippi River. But his is no child’s tale: James needs a plan once he learns he’s to be sold away from his wife and daughter, just as Huck is escaping an abusive household. From the pen of a literary master, James: A Novel is destined to be one of the most vital retellings of our lifetime.

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