$70 General Admission

This event is sold out! But you can still join the waitlist or purchase tickets our Wordy Thirty Anniversary Party, headline events at the Paramount, and many more fabulous bookish events during the festival.

Enjoy a delectable breakfast and sparkling mimosas while exploring the imaginations and realities behind historical fiction.

A name in a 400-year-old ledger and a line in a Shakespearean play inspired The East Indian by Brinda Charry. From a chance encounter with a Glasgow priest, bestselling author Adriana Trigiani found a little-known historical incident that pivots her sweeping intergenerational tale, The Good Left Undone. The moonshine-sprinkled history of Franklin County, Virginia is the truth behind bestselling author Jeannette Walls’ work of fiction, Hang the Moon. For Rachel Beanland, the site of a historic Richmond fire sparked her novel The House is On Fire.

Discover more about the moments in time that created these authors’ timeless stories.

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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