$15 General Admission | $8 Student

A “literary icon” (according to Oprah Daily), Pulitzer Prize finalist, and one of the most acclaimed authors of our era is bringing the book tour of his newest novel, James, to the Virginia Festival of the Book.

With its release in mid-March, 2024, you will be among the first readers to be swept away in Percival Everett’s reimagining of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, one that centers the enduring character “Jim” on an adventurous ride down the Mississippi River. But his is no child’s tale: James needs a plan once he learns he’s to be sold away from his wife and daughter, just as Huck is escaping an abusive household.

From the pen of a literary master, JamesA Novel is destined to be one of the most vital retellings of our lifetime.  

More Info

  • Events run one hour. Book sales and signings take place immediately after each event, and may run a half-hour or more.
  • For Covid protocol, please see our Festival Info page. For accessibility needs, contact Ray Nedzel by March 1.
  • All Festival authors and speakers represent themselves, and do not speak on behalf of Virginia Humanities or the University of Virginia.

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