Poetry and Prose Student Contest Returns

The community once again will celebrate our middle and high school writers with the Festival’s annual Poetry and Prose celebration, Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Charlottesville Omni. This year’s contest has two separate guidelines: one for high school students, grades 9-12 and one …

A 2013 Festival attendee. Photo by Pat Jarrett.

One for the Books

The Virginia Festival of the Book—the annual five-day hurrah for books, authors, and reading, now in its twentieth year—is such a landmark in Virginia’s cultural landscape that it’s easy to forget it began with a few booklovers with a dream.


2014 Highlights

Audio, video, and photo highlights from the 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book.

Frances Mayes

Festival Luncheon with Frances Mayes

Frances Mayes (Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir) shares her story of growing up in the south and, after many years on the west coast and abroad, moving back home.

cop town

Crime Wave Brunch with Karin Slaughter

Join hundreds of other Crime Wave readers for Saturday morning brunch with Karin Slaughter, author of Cop Town and fifteen other internationally bestselling novels. Book sales and signing follow the brunch.

Kate DiCamillo

Stories Connect Us: An Evening with Kate DiCamillo

A special StoryFest event! Kate DiCamillo, author of Flora and Ulysses and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and two-time Newbery medal recipient, shares her stories with readers. Introduction by Meg Medina.
Why should you attend?
DiCamillo writes vibrant and touching stories, often featuring animals, and often …