The Carol Troxell Reader

In January 2017, the Charlottesville community suffered a terrible loss with the sudden passing of Carol Troxell, voracious reader, supporter of authors, and thirty-year owner of New Dominion Bookshop.

Anyone who spent time in New Dominion Bookshop in the years prior to 2017 will recall Carol’s community engagement, devoted service to her customers, and advocacy for the large family of authors who have delighted in reading at the shop.

For the 2018 Virginia Festival of the Book, we launched the Carol Troxell Fund—celebrating voracious reading. In collaboration with her husband and the shop’s current manager, this fund supports a featured author in each year’s Festival, known at the Carol Troxell Reader. To celebrate the breadth of Carol’s reading, the genre of the selected author varies each year, building a wide-ranging list of Carol Troxell Readers over time. The selected author is featured in a solo reading at New Dominion as well as regular Festival programming.

The Carol Troxell Reader at the Virginia Festival of the Book has featured the following authors:

  • 2018: Lisa Ko
  • 2019: Jarrett Krosoczka
  • 2020: Cara Black

To contribute to the Carol Troxell Fund, please click here and include a mention of the Carol Troxell Fund in the Special Notes section of your online donation to the Festival. By contributing to the Carol Troxell Fund, you help the Festival promote the annual Carol Troxell Reader and cover travel and lodging for them, this year and in the future. We hope you can help us continue to honor Carol’s memory in this way.

We greatly appreciate the support of all contributors to the Carol Troxell Fund. Please click here to view this year’s list of contributors.