Events
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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!

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Judaism Disrupted

March 20, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

Rabbi Michael Strassfeld’s Judaism Disrupted re-envisions a Judaism that cultivates inner qualities such as gratitude, patience and generosity, reshaping the tradition into something radically new.

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Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

March 20, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

In Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White, Patricia Sullivan examines Kennedy’s story with the Black freedom struggles of the 1960s.

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Defining Housewife: Nostalgia, Stereotypes & Womanhood

March 20, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

In Housewife, novelist and nonfiction author Lisa Selin Davis turns an inquisitive eye on the outdated but persistent concept of homemaker.

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Holocaust Reckonings

March 20, 2024 3:30PM – 5PM

For scholar and author Susan Rubin Suleiman, everyday objects from her past hold memories of her childhood as a Holocaust refugee.

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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?

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30th Anniversary Kickoff: ’90s Rooftop Party

March 20, 2024 7PM – 9PM
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Join pop culture critic and author of 60 Songs that Explain the ‘90s Rob Harvilla to hear some throwback tunes and reminisce about the ‘90s.

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Wild Asana: Animals, Yoga, and Connecting Our Practice to the Natural World

March 21, 2024 10AM – 11:30AM
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Grab a mat and join author Allison Zak for an interactive yoga workshop and book talk.

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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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Skimpy Coverage

March 21, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM

Why are female athletes so often seen as spectacle? Skimpy Coverage delves into Sports Illustrated’s treatment of female athletes since the iconic magazine’s founding in 1954. 

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Standing Up to Hate: August 2017

March 21, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM

Firsthand accounts of members of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective recalling their experiences in resisting white supremacist violence in Standing Up to Hate: The Charlottesville Clergy Collective and the Lessons from August 12, 2017.

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Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World

March 21, 2024 12:30PM – 2PM

Three authors will discuss the meaning of climate change in the face of the people and places they love and their vision of what we can create.

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Natural Born Creatures

March 21, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

Join authors Erica Howsare and Nicolette L. Cagle for a discussion of three remarkable creatures that dwell in the natural world: deer, snakes, and humans.

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Black Women’s Collectives

March 21, 2024 2PM – 3:30PM

Authors Ethel Morgan Smith and Courtney Thorsson explore how the bonds of Black women shaped America today.

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Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant

March 21, 2024 4PM – 5:30PM
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Join author Curtis Chin as he talks about his memoir about growing up working class, queer, and Chinese American in Detroit in the 1970s and 80s.

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Stories of Meaning: Voices of Adult Learners

March 21, 2024 6PM – 8PM

Adult Learners from around the world will share their meaningful stories and poems about family, work, education and belonging.

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SEEK: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life

March 21, 2024 7PM – 8:30PM
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Discover the superpower of curiosity with Scott Shigeoka, internationally recognized curiosity expert, speaker, and the author of SEEK: How Curiosity Can Transform Your Life and Change the World.

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Against Technoableism

March 22, 2024 10AM – 11:30AM

In her novel Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement, Ashley Shew examines the often harmful intersection of technology and disability.

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The Death of a Public School

March 22, 2024 10:30AM – 12PM

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cara Fitzpatrick delivers a history lesson in The Death of Public School, looking back at the turbulent history of school choice.

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Coffee and Crime with Sarah Weinman

March 22, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM
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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.

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The Sound of the Future

March 22, 2024 11:30AM – 1PM

In The Sound of the Future: The Coming Age of Voice Technology, WillowTree CEO Tobias Dengel proposes that voice is the next technology, with profound potential to alter our modern landscape.

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Toxic Legacy

March 22, 2024 12PM – 1:30PM

In 1975, an unexplained but dire illness came to light among workers at a Hopewell, Virginia chemical plant. More investigation revealed that Allied Chemical Corporation had been contaminating the area with pesticides for more than a decade.

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Impossible Choices

March 22, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM

Join the authors of We Must Not Think of Ourselves and The Measure of Distance for examinations of some of life’s most impossible choices.

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Alternate Appalachias

March 22, 2024 2:30PM – 4PM

Three memoirists examine their lives in Appalachia, revealing the breadth and diversity of the region.

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Scandalous Ladies of the 19th Century

March 22, 2024 3PM – 4:30PM

Hear from Besty Prioleau, author of Diamonds and Deadlines and Sarah Horowitz, author of The Red Widow.

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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.

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Wine and Words with Jami Attenberg

March 22, 2024 4PM – 5:30PM
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Join New York Times bestseller Jami Attenberg for an engaging talk about her newest book, 1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Creative, Focused, and Productive All Year Round.

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The 2024 Carol Troxell Reader: Dwight Garner

March 22, 2024 4PM – 5:30PM

In his memoir The Upstairs Delicatessen: On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating, and Eating While Reading, this beloved New York Times critic dishes up the joys of books and food.

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SELC’s 2024 Reed Award Ceremony

March 22, 2024 5PM – 6:30PM
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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.

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JMRL Book Swap

March 23, 2024 10AM – 12:30PM

Swap your gently used books for something new to you. It’s free, fun, and for all ages!

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Burn The Page with Danica Roem

March 23, 2024 10:30AM – 12PM
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A former frontwoman of a metal band and a sitting Virginia Senator. Danica Roem is both.

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Expansive Frontiers

March 23, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM

The spirit of adventure travels through The First Migrants: How Black Homesteaders’ Quest for Land and Freedom Heralded America’s Great Migration and The Last Ride of the Pony Express: My 2,000-mile Horseback Journey into the Old West.

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Memory Making and Democracy: A Look Back at August 12, 2017

March 23, 2024 12PM – 1:30PM

Historians and journalists Aniko Bodroghkozy and Nora Neus revisit the indelible moments of August 12, 2017, when white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville.

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Patrick Henry’s Final Political Battle

March 23, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM

For the People, For the Country: Patrick Henry’s Final Political Battle tells the remarkable story of how the most eloquent public speaker of the American Revolutionary era once again changed history.

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Growing Organic Food

March 23, 2024 1:30PM – 3PM

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Growing Organic Food is a one-stop reference for all the key information food gardeners need to grow a healthy garden.

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The New Brownies Book: A Love Letter to Black Families

March 23, 2024 1:30PM – 2:30PM

The Brownies Book, a monthly magazine originally published by W.E.B. Dubois and other NAACP leaders in 1920, has been reimagined as The New Brownies Book: A Love Letter to Black Families more than a century later.

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Opinions with Roxane Gay 

March 23, 2024 4PM – 5:30PM
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Gay will bring her sharp and witty acumen to the Virginia Festival of the Book in a discussion of “Opinions: A Decade Arguments Criticism, and Minding Other People’s Business.”

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The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

March 24, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM

In her new book, presidential historian Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky explores how, when faced with crises and instability, George Washington created a cabinet of advisors and a structure of how it would guide him.

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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.

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Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture with Prudence Peiffer, Author of The Slip

March 24, 2024 1PM – 2:30PM
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Art historian Prudence Peiffer’s book The Slip examines six visual artists and the work they created on the edge of Manhattan in the 1950s.

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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.

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Wild, Tamed, Lost, and Revived: The Surprising Story of Apples in the South

March 24, 2024 1:30PM – 3PM

In this book, Diane Flynt shares her own journey as a farmer and cidery founder, along with interviews from other orchardists, cidermakers, farmers, and more.

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