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.
A Sci-Fi Salon: Flying the Coop
Distinguished Virginia Tech professor Lucinda Roy meets with writers and readers in this informal salon to discuss her latest book, “Flying the Coop.”
Nyle DiMarco—an actor, cultural icon of the Deaf community, and now an NYT bestselling author—shares his story of navigating a world built for hearing people.
No Ordinary Crimes: A Thriller Hour
Join authors E.A. Aymar, Gabino Iglesias, and Deanna Raybourn for an afternoon of thrillers.
Crowns & Claws: Coming of Age in YA Fantasy Fiction
Debut authors Emily Thiede and Andrew Joseph White discuss their YA fantasy/dystopian novels.
National Book Foundation Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards
John Keene (“Punks: New & Selected Poems”) and Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa (“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”) discuss how singular stories collectively shape history.
Q&A with 2022 Festival speaker Albert Samaha
Albert Samaha, author of Concepcion: An Immigrant Family’s Fortunes, is a Whiting Foundation Creative Nonfiction Grant recipient and inequality editor at BuzzFeed News. Get to know Albert in this Q&A and then …
Q&A with 2022 Festival speaker Vera Kurian
Vera Kurian, author of Never Saw Me Coming, is a writer and scientist living in Washington, D.C. Her short fiction has been published in magazines such as Glimmer Train and The Pinch. She has …
Q&A with 2022 Festival speaker Meredith Pangrace
Meredith Pangrace, editor of Rust Belt Vegan Kitchen, is a home cook and book designer from Cleveland, Ohio. Get to know Meredith in this Q&A and then see her at the …
Q&A with 2022 Festival speaker Christopher Ali
Christopher Ali, author of Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity is an associate professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. His work focuses on broadband …
Q&A with 2022 Festival speaker Amber McBride
Amber McBride, author of Me (Moth), teaches English and writing at the University of Virginia. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, Decomp and more. Me (Moth) is her debut novel and was a finalist …
Q&A with 2022 Festival speaker Sylvia Liu
Sylvia Liu, author of Manatee’s Best Friend, grew up with books and daydreams in Caracas, Venezuela. Once an environmental attorney protecting the oceans, she now spins stories for children, inspired by …