Published January 11, 2024

Maybe you’ve had your nose buried in a book and you haven’t seen Virginia Festival of the Book’s headlining and featured authors at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville: Danica RoemAda LimónRoxane Gay, and Percival Everett. Maybe you didn’t catch that you can purchase an all-day pass for priority seating to see all of them!

Perhaps you missed the Historical Fiction Breakfast happening that morning at the Omni: tickets are selling fast! Or that Richmond author Rachel Beanland will be featured for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s Same Page program, that beloved community read!

But if you have seen these announcements, and if you’re wondering is this ALL the festival has to offer, stay tuned! Soon we’ll be announcing a full slate of exciting Festival events. Here’s a quick sneak peek at just a few things that are coming. 

Later this month, tickets will go on sale for an exciting 90s-themed Kickoff Party happening Wednesday night, March 20, right after Same Page! This will follow our first Festival day full of free programs.

Thursday, March 21 is equally busy with tons of programs. We’ll have fiction panels, including with novelists Henry Hoke and Karen Spears Zacharias, as well as a YA pizza party and an art-making activity for middle-graders. We’ll host nature-centered nonfiction and even yoga! We’ll explore memoir with Curtis Chin, creativity with Scott Shigeoka at St. Anne’s-Belfield, sci-fi, poetry, and or shadows on the wall in a Dark Imaginations panel with Alix E. Harrow, Sunny Moraine, and others. 

On Friday, March 22, there will be crime. From Peter Malone Elliott to Idra Novey, hold on to your seats! Or be inspired with Jami Attenberg, be in the know with Tobias Dengel, or be inside your own thoughts with haunting novels by Denene Millner, Jimin Han, and Tiffany Clarke Harrison. On Friday night, throw on a jacket and comfy shoes, because we’re hosting authors and other literary events at bookstores and venues along the downtown mall during “Festival Friday.” 

Saturday brings more thrills, more great reads for YA readers, more heady nonfiction, and those headlining authors! And stay tuned for our Wordy Thirty Anniversary on Saturday night…a big evening of dancing and literary fun!

But don’t stay out too late! Plan to meet us on Sunday, March 24 for our last Festival program day with farmer and author Brooks Lamb, with the much beloved Moseley Speed Critique, and with National Book Award Finalist Prudence Peiffer at the Fralin, followed by a Festival afterparty at Decipher Brewing.

Most of the Festival events outlined above are free, and this is not even our full slate! Get ready for more than 70 events in Charlottesville, and events across the state through our series of Festival preview events!

The best way to stay looped in is by joining our mailing list. That way, you’ll be the first to know about other tickets or free sign-ups as they’re announced. Events sell out, so sign up! We’ll see you at the Festival!

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