The crunch of an apple is the sound of a story being told. In Wild, Tamed, Lost, and Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South, cidermaker Diane Flynt tells this 200-year-old tale with anecdotes of U.S. presidents, Oregon Trail emigrants, and even Queen Victoria. And she also takes readers to darker side of the orchard: the apple’s relationship to slavery and the theft of Indigenous people’s lands.

Flynt shares her own journey as a farmer and cidery founder, along with interviews from other orchardists, cidermakers, farmers, and more. Her research and passion will mean you’ll never look at the humble apple the same way again. As a special treat for Virginia Festival of the Book guests, Highland will welcome¬†Albemarle CiderWorks¬†for a free cider tasting following the book discussion. Select ciders from Albemarle CiderWorks will also be available for purchase.

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  • This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
  • 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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