The Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. Featuring the annual Festival in March plus year-round events through the Virginia Center of the Book, our programming offers something for readers of all levels and interests.

With a longstanding focus on accessibility and diversity, Festival programming engages attendees and viewers with new books, on a variety of topics and across genres, that are timely and necessary, and which we hope will prompt discourse, inspiration, and connection.


We select speakers through active recruitment as well as open submissions, June 1 through September 26. During this time, we invite submissions of new, published books of fiction (including genre fiction), nonfiction, poetry, cookbooks, and books for young readers. We also work with partners in the local community and publishing industry to actively recruit authors each year.

As a program of Virginia Humanities, we seek to present programs that reflect the organization’s values of creativity, curiosity, dignity, humility, and inclusivity. We feature a diversity of voices, thoughts, ideas, and opinions.

All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

Submissions for the 2024 Virginia Festival of the Book have closed. Submissions for the 2025 Festival will open in June.

Past Speakers & Schedules

Since 1995, we have presented a captivating list of speakers, from international bestsellers and topical specialists to debut authors and poets. Explore the Festival archive to learn more about our past speakers and to discover new authors to read in the future. 

Our Team

The Virginia Festival of the Book is staffed by three voracious readers:

Aran Donovan

Assistant Director, Virginia Center for the Book

Emmy Thacker

Program Coordinator, Virginia Center for the Book

Kalela Williams

Director, Virginia Center for the Book

Partners & Sponsors

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a community-driven effort, and, as such, greatly appreciates the support of many community partners, sponsors, and volunteers in helping develop and present our annual programs.

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With generous support from Michelle and David Baldacci

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