The Poetic Justice

March 26, 2023 12PM – 1PM

John Charles Thomas’s memoir “The Poetic Justice” reflects his twin loves of the law and of poetry, keeping readers rooted to the urgent issues that rock our communities.


Handsome, Durable, and Inexpensive: The ‘Modern Library,’ 1925-1959

March 24, 2023 4PM – 5PM

The Bibliographical Society of UVA hosts their annual meeting, announcing the publication of an online bibliography of the Modern Library.


How to Use Tarot to Enchant Your Inner Writing Witch & Add Sorcery to Your Fiction, Poetry & Prose

March 24, 2023 3:30PM – 4:30PM

Join bestselling author and tarot deck creator Sasha Graham as she teaches you how to use tarot and magical practice for all aspects of your writing journey.


JMRL Annual Book Swap

March 25, 2023 10AM – 12PM

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is back to host its annual book swap at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

The Invisible Kingdom by Meghan O'RourkeEvent

Fifth Annual Carol Troxell Reader: Meghan O’Rourke

March 25, 2023 12PM – 1PM

Meghan O’Rourke’s new book “The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness” blends an account of her own medical journey with a broad view of the history and current state of long-term maladies.


Festival Preview Event in Richmond, VA: Excavating Identity Author Talk and Art-Making

March 18, 2023 3PM – 4PM

Join historians G. Samantha Rosenthal and Gregory D. Smithers in Richmond for a discussion of their recent works.


Festival Finale at Decipher Brewing

March 26, 2023 7PM – 8:30PM

To cap off the 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book, enjoy a drink with us at Decipher Brewing!


Taps and Top 10 Hits

March 23, 2023 7PM – 8:30PM
Ticketed Event

Stereogum senior editor Tom Breihan’s new book spins stories from decades of sounds and ponders the playlists of the future.


Food and Blackness

March 24, 2023 11AM – 12:30PM
Ticketed Event

Cultural critic Clarkisha Kent and scholar Psyche A. Williams-Forson meet to discuss how racism operates in the practice and culture of eating.


Festival Preview Event in Staunton, VA: Bound Visions

March 19, 2023 3PM – 4PM

Meet some of the artists included in “Bound Visions: Art Books by Women Artists,” an exhibition of artists’ books by nine contemporary women artists.


American Inheritance

March 26, 2023 2PM – 3PM
Ticketed Event

In “American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation, 1765-1795,” Edward J. Larson grapples with the legacy of enslavement in America.


National Book Foundation Presents: An Afternoon with the National Book Awards

March 25, 2023 4PM – 5PM

John Keene (“Punks: New & Selected Poems”) and Robert Samuels & Toluse Olorunnipa (“His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice”) discuss how singular stories collectively shape history.

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