Jennifer Robin Barr writes for a middle-grade audience, weaving fiction with little-known nuggets of history. Goodbye, Mr. Spalding (Astra Publishing, 2019) was her middle-grade debut. Her next book, Thunder and Mercy (Astra Publishing) is slated for publication in 2026.


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.


Bark and Bite: YA Stories of Inner Strength

March 23, 2024 11:30AM – 1PM

In both Gone Wolf and The Night Fox, canine creatures allow girls to find their own bark and bite: an inner force each never knew she had.

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