Published March 4, 2024

Charlottesville—The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities, has been bringing together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture every March since 1995, making 2024 the 30th annual festival.

Today, the festival—which will take place from March 20 to 24 in Charlottesville—announced that the sixth annual Carol Troxell Reader is Dwight Garner. In his memoir The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading, this beloved New York Times critic dishes up the joys of books and food. Garner’s inimitable voice fills a literary plate with portions of his life, pairing food with recollection in an extraordinary buffet of words. The Carol Troxell Reader honors the memory of Carol Troxell, thirty-year owner of New Dominion Bookshop, by celebrating voracious reading. Each year, the Festival of the Book selects one author to be featured as the Carol Troxell Reader. Special thanks to New Dominion Bookshop, the Carol Troxell Fund, and its donors.

In partnership with the Southern Environmental Law Center, the Festival of the Book is also pleased to announce the winners of the 2024 Reed Environmental Writing Award. The work of winners Emily Strasser, David Folkenflik, Mario Ariza, and Miranda Green demonstrates the power of writing to capture some of the most important environmental issues facing Southern communities. An award ceremony during the Festival of the Book will honor this year’s winners. This event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 5 p.m. on March 22, 2024, in the CODE Building, located at 225 West Water Street on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia. The event will also be streamed online.

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