Festival Preview Event in Crozet, VA: Trailed
“Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders” follows author Kathryn Miles’s investigation into the murder of a young queer couple.
Festival Preview Event in Richmond, VA: Excavating Identity Author Talk and Art-Making
Join historians G. Samantha Rosenthal and Gregory D. Smithers in Richmond for a discussion of their recent works.
Forbidden Dreams: Coming of Age Fiction
Join Jeffrey Dale Lofton, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, and William Mark Habeeb for a discussion of three compelling coming of age stories.
An Identity on the Edges
Mary Alice Hostetter’s “Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood” is the story of a woman’s journey to define a sense of authenticity amid a rigid upbringing in a Mennonite farm family.
Crowns & Claws: Coming of Age in YA Fantasy Fiction
Debut authors Emily Thiede and Andrew Joseph White discuss their YA fantasy/dystopian novels.
SHELF LIFE—Living Queer History with Samantha Rosenthal
Samantha Rosenthal discusses Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City and the LGBTQ community in Roanoke, Virginia, that the book documents and celebrates. Interweaving historical analysis, theory, …
Transformative Desire: Literary Fiction
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 …
Bodies in Space & Time: Identity in Sci-Fi & Speculative Fiction
Ryka Aoki (Light from Uncommon Stars), Micaiah Johnson (The Space Between Worlds), and Lincoln Michel (The Body Scout) discuss the explorations of race, gender, and identity posed in their science …
NBF Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards
2021 National Book Award–honored authors Robert Jones, Jr. (The Prophets, Finalist, Fiction), Amber McBride (Me (Moth), Finalist, Young People’s Literature), and Jason Mott (Hell of a Book, Winner, Fiction) join us for …
Modern Love: Romance Fiction
Verity Lowell (Meet Me in Madrid) and Jean Meltzer (The Matzah Ball) explore romance at the crossroads of tradition, convention, and modernity, taking readers to Madrid and a Matzah Ball …
Sights & Sounds: Visual Poetry
Poets David Campos (American Quasar), Naoko Fujimoto (Glyph), and Aurielle Marie (Gumbo Ya Ya) employ not only the written word but also a visual vocabulary in their work. Linking text …
Exploring Family Bonds
Authors Jan Beatty (American Bastard: A Memoir), Taylor Harris (This Boy We Made: A Memoir of Motherhood, Genetics, and Facing the Unknown), and Julietta Singh (The Breaks: An Essay) offer …