Pearls Before Swine first panel 8.24.2015

Come to the National Book Festival!! (And say hello!)

The Virginia Center for the Book, which produces the Virginia Festival of the Book, has been invited once again to participate in the National Book Festival held on Saturday, September 5, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. The National Book Festival …

Myrna Loy

You oughta be in pictures!

Not that we’re jaded or anything, but here’s how we would typically react if someone said they saw the Virginia Festival of the Book in a movie:
But, oh would we be wrong! Eagle-eyed volunteer Cecilia Mills caught not one, but two glimpses of our 2007 …


Listening to: Frances Mayes and Beth Macy

Hundreds of 2015 Festival attendees enjoyed hearing Frances Mayes, author of Under Magnolia, speak at the Festival Luncheon and Beth Macy, author of Factory Man, speak at the Leadership Breakfast.

Frances Mayes, author of Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, was introduced by Renee Grisham at the …

Sally K Cowan quote

Longtime Festival attendees: “Oh, this is amazing!”

Longtime Festival of the Book attendees, Sally Kaufmann Cowan and Robert Cowan of San Francisco, sat down with Sarah McConnell, producer and host of With Good Reason, and talked about why they come back to the Festival each spring.
Listen here:

“I love reading, and I have …

EMPTY bookshelves

2016 Festival now open for submissions

Our shelves are empty, the online application form is published, and we are eager to read. Do you have a book being published in 2015 or by mid-March 2016? We are taking  submissions for the 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book, March 16-20, 2016.