Join author Rachel Cantor at the beautiful American Shakespeare Center as she reads from her new novel, Half-Life of a Stolen Sister, an innovative revisioning of the Brontë family’s lives. Her reading will be interspersed with exciting, imaginative performances from Wuthering Heights by actors of the Staunton organization The Off Center.

Afterward, Staunton Books and Tea on 34 East Beverley Street hosts book sales and a signing, as well as a cake celebrating the Bronte patriarch’s 246th birthday. The ASC is presenting Pride & Prejudice at 2:00PM, so you’ll have enjoy a fun-filled, literary, historically-theatrical day!

The Virginia Festival of the Book Preview Events bring authors across the state before the main Festival in Charlottesville on March 20–24. Preview events are sponsored by Michelle and David Baldacci.

More Info

  • This event is free, but advance registration is required.
  • 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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With generous support from Michelle and David Baldacci

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