Jeffrey Dale Lofton hails from Warm Springs, Georgia, best known as the home of Roosevelt’s Little White House. He calls the nation’s capital home now and has for over three decades. Lofton is a senior advisor at the Library of Congress where he is surrounded by books and people who love books—in short, paradise. He is a contributing editor for Well Read magazine and co-host of the podcast “Inside Voices” with author Robert Gwaltney. Lofton’s debut novel, Red Clay Suzie, is a fictionalized memoir written through his personal lens as an outsider—gay and living with a disability in a conservative family and community in the Deep South. Red Clay Suzie was Longlisted for The Center for Fiction 2023 First Novel Prize and was awarded the Seven Hills Literary Prize for Fiction. It will be available in paperback March 5, 2024. A portion of the proceeds from its sale will go to support the important work of two organizations dedicated to helping at-risk youth: the Born This Way Foundation and The Trevor Project. Lofton is the Pat Conroy Literary Center Spring 2024 Writer-in-Residence.


Alternate Appalachias

March 22, 2024 2:30PM – 4PM

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


Festival Friday

March 22, 2024 5PM – 8PM

In celebration of our 30th Anniversary, the Virginia Festival of the Book is hosting our very first “Festival Friday,” on and around the Downtown Mall.

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