In our continuing series of behind-the-scenes profiles of Festival staff and volunteers, we’d like to invite you to get to know the Festival’s Youth Outreach Coordinator, Clover Carroll.
Question: How are you involved with the Festival this year?
Clover: I am planning the in-school author visits for the this year’s Festival.
Question: Who are you most excited about in the 2016 Festival?
Clover: Jon Scieszka, of course!
Question: How did you first get involved with the Festival?
Clover: I have been attending the Festival since its inception, and I hosted a program at Western Albemarle High School School (WAHS) each of the 15 years I served as librarian there (I retired in 2015). It is one of the many events that set Charlottesville apart!
Question: What is a favorite Festival program that you’ve attended in the past?
Clover: Hard call, but my favorite program at WAHS was with Warren St. John, author of Outcasts United. Among public programs, my favorite may have been with Rita Dove and Boyd Tinsley at the Paramount in 2009.
Question: How do you spend your time when you’re not helping with the Festival?
Clover: I write for the Crozet Gazette, am secretary of the Crozet Trails Crew, sing in the Crozet Community Chorus, enjoy English Country Dancing, and babysit my one-year-old twin granddaughters!
Question: What book(s) are you reading right now?
Clover: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – this year’s Big Read selection!