Student Poster Art Contest Begins

Virginia Festival of the Book and Altrusa International of Charlottesville are accepting entries for the annual Festival Poster Art Contest. Open to all Charlottesville and Albemarle students in grades K-12, this free-style design contest will be judged in three grade categories: elementary (K-4), middle school …

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, 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. Renee Grisham will introduce Ms. Mayes.

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.