Read & Lead Lunch with Leland Melvin

Wed. March 21, 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Omni Hotel - Ballroom

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: Signature Family Wealth Advisors

Hosted by: Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce


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Leland Melvin (Chasing Space) will share stories from his memoir about how perseverance helped him find success as both an NFL wide receiver and a NASA astronaut. Book sales and signing will follow.


Why should you attend?

  • Kick off the 2018 Festival with our very first program of the week!
  • Support Festival author visits to local public and private K-12 classrooms through net proceeds from ticket and table sales from this lunch. In 2017, Festival speakers met with more than 10,000 students in our community.
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by Leland Melvin, whose new memoir is also available as a young readers’ edition. We think, after hearing him, you’ll want to purchase a book for yourself and for a young reader you know.

“For someone of such remarkable achievement, Melvin demonstrates impressive humility and depth of character as he discusses overcoming myriad setbacks… [He] writes honestly about his mistakes as well as his triumphs, urging readers to pursue their dreams with determination and hard work.”—Publishers Weekly

“Leland has helped me connect to the Universe I searched for so long since being a kid. From being obsessed with the TV series In Search Of to discovering Carl Sagan’s world, space always fascinated me. Meeting Leland allowed me to connect even deeper into the cosmos on so many levels.”—Pharrell Williams

“Though Melvin refers to his story as one of grit and grace, he does so without a shred of ego… Second chances played a key role in Melvin’s ability to overcome obstacles and achieve his many dreams, and he’ll have readers wondering how many chances it would take them to do the same.”—Booklist

The Festival of the Book appreciates the support of Signature Family Wealth Advisors for this program.

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