About the Festival

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a celebrated tradition that brings together writers and readers to promote books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. We hope you’ll join us for our 2024 Festival, happening March 20–24 in Charlottesville, Virginia, which will mark our 30th anniversary! 

Festival events are in-person, with many livestreamed to reach audiences where they are. We feature an exciting array of genres, appealing to a wide variety of readers. From bestselling household names, to debut novelists publishing with indie presses, the Festival brings together a diverse gathering of authors to meet thousands of readers, including K-12 students. 

Our 2023 program included more than 40 events, including Festival Preview Events in Central and Southwest Virginia. Our 30th anniversary will be bigger and better, featuring preview events across the Commonwealth, as well as our “Wordy Thirty” Anniversary Party on March 23, 2024 in Charlottesville. Sponsors have an opportunity to support the Festival through a broad, unspecified gift; or by sponsoring a particular Festival program or event, or a series of Festival Events (like our Crime Wave Series or our Business Books Track). 

Stay tuned for the full 2024 Festival schedule in November 2023. 

Looking Toward 2024

2024 is a big year for the Virginia Festival of the Book! In our 30th year, we will see:

  • 12,000+ Participants
  • 100+ Authors & Artists
  • 15 in-person preview events across Central, Southwest & Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads in March
  • 75 in-person Festival events in Charlottesville, Virginia from March 20 to 24
  • “Wordy Thirty” anniversary party with dancing, entertainment, salon readings & more

Now’s the time to get involved! Here are some of the benefits you will receive as a sponsor of the 2024 Virginia Festival of the Book:

Name listed on the Contributors page of VaBook.org
Name included in online Festival guide | 50,000 readers
Logo included on promotional materials for your
sponsored program
Opportunity to distribute logoed company giveaway items
Tickets to Wordy Thirty, our 30th Anniversary Event on March 23, 2024 | Quantity based on support level
Logo included in Festival e-newsletter | 7,400 recipients; Sent approximately 20 times per year
Opportunity to introduce author at sponsored event
Two tickets to the Festival’s annual Book Bash event in November 2024
Logo included on VaBook.org site-wide
Sponsor introduction and recognition at Book Bash
Logo included on Festival bookmarks | Approx. 5,000
Logo included on all Festival slideshows
VIP tickets to Wordy Thirty, with the opportunity for one-on-one book signings with select authors
Name included on all Festival registration and post-event webpages
Sponsor profile (i.e. blog post) on VaBook.org and spotlight on social media (i.e. quote)

We are eager to strategize a custom partnership that meets your needs.

For additional details about opportunities, contact Hannah Catherine Allport, Associate Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, at hcallport@virginia.edu or 434-806-2553.

Audience Feedback from Past Festivals:

Thank you for making this happen virtually. Since I can’t drive and have disabilities, I never would have been able to attend the Virginia Festival of the Book otherwise.

Your festival is one of the best & I’m so happy to have discovered it.

First event I’ve attended, but now want to attend more!

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