Michael M. Stahl

Michael M. Stahl is the author of The Promise of Public Service, and he is a member of the board of UVA’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). He has taught …


Love for the Land

March 24, 2024 11:30AM – 1PM

Along with other farmers, Brooks Lamb—author, farmer, and advocate—discusses farmland loss from suburban sprawl, rampant agricultural consolidation, and racial injustice among farmers of color in his new book Love for the Land.


Bibliographical Society Annual Meeting

March 22, 2024 4PM – 5PM

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia is hosting their annual meeting during the Festival.


Coffee and Crime with Sarah Weinman

March 22, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM
Ticketed Event

Acclaimed author Sarah Weinman will talk about her most recent anthology, which shines a light on true stories that have often been left in the dark.


SELC’s 2024 Reed Award Ceremony

March 22, 2024 5PM – 6:30PM
Ticketed Event

Join SELC for a celebration of this year’s award winners, with a special appearance from keynote speaker Jonathan Vigliotti, author of Before It’s Gone Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change in Small-Town America.


Creative Words at Rapunzel’s

March 9, 2024 6:30PM – 8PM

Join us for a fun night of poetry and prose at Rapunzel’s, an eclectic bookstore, arts, and music venue in the heart of Nelson County!


Jonathan Vigliotti

Jonathan Vigliotti is a CBS News national correspondent based in Los Angeles. He previously served as a foreign correspondent for the network’s London bureau


Where the Truth Lies: Racism and Reckonings

March 20, 2024 3:30PM – 5PM

What comes about when an ethnographer and storyteller confronts a painful legacy of racism? And what happens when a scholar of white supremacy researches her own family’s troubled history?


B. Brian Foster

B. Brian Foster is an ethnographer and multi-medium storyteller working to document and interpret the culture, folklore, and placemaking practices of Black communities in the rural U.S. South. He is …


Grace Elizabeth Hale

Grace Elizabeth Hale is the Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Virginia. An award-winning historian and internationally recognized expert on modern American culture and the regional …


The Write Start: Moseley Speed Critique 

March 24, 2024 1PM – 3PM

Panelists will read aloud from anonymous submissions of the first 100 words of original, unpublished manuscripts, then discuss story elements that work, suggest story elements that could be improved, and answer questions from the audience.


Wake Up to Wonder

March 21, 2024 10AM – 11:30AM

In her quest to live a vibrant spiritual life, author Karen Wright Marsh had a revelation: she didn’t need to find and follow the perfect plan; she needed people she could follow.

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