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 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.


Rise Of The Spy

March 23, 2023 10AM – 11AM

In “Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence,” Nicholas Reynolds unlocks the history of American intelligence during World War II.


An Identity on the Edges

March 23, 2023 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Mary Alice Hostetter’s “Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood” is the story of a woman’s journey to define a sense of authenticity amid a rigid upbringing in a Mennonite farm family.


Voices of Adult Learners

March 23, 2023 6PM – 8:30PM

Voices of Adult Learners is a celebration bringing together adults from literacy, GED, and ESL education programs to share their compelling stories.


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.


Deaf Utopia

March 24, 2023 2PM – 3:30PM

Nyle DiMarco—an actor, cultural icon of the Deaf community, and now an NYT bestselling author—shares his story of navigating a world built for hearing people.


Folklore and Futures

March 24, 2023 2:30PM – 3:30PM

A future-focused, materialist, and collaborative approach to cultural work is what Emily Hilliard offers in “Making our Future: Visionary Folklore and Everyday Culture in Appalachia.”


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.


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.


IN PERSON EVENT SOLD OUT – SELC’s 2023 Reed Award Ceremony (virtual attendance available) 

March 24, 2023 5PM – 6:30PM
Ticketed Event

IN PERSON EVENT SOLD OUT – SELC’s 2023 Reed Award Ceremony (virtual attendance available). The ceremony’s featured speaker is Heather McTeer Toney, an expert on environmental and climate justice issues.


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 Art and Craft of Bookmaking Demo

March 25, 2023 11AM – 1:30PM

Stop by to watch members of our Book Arts Studio demonstrate the art and craft of bookmaking, and try your hand at a few easy-to-learn crafts.

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.


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.


Illustrating the Everyday

March 26, 2023 11AM – 1PM

Ivy Creek Natural Area will provide the setting for this outdoor program with authors Arwen Donahue and Suzanne Stryk.


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.


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.


Origin Stories: Belief & Identity in VA Memoirs

March 26, 2023 4PM – 5PM

These memoirs from VA professors Sofia Samatar and Matthew Vollmer explore how family, history, and religion shape our backgrounds.


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!

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