Get to know our Festival intern, Emma

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As we get closer to the Festival in March, we’d like the take the time to thank our interns for the work they’ve done to support the Festival. Emma has been an intern since the fall, and we invite you to get to know her through this short questionnaire…

How are you involved with the Festival and what responsibilities are your favorite parts of that?

I have been a Festival intern since August, and it’s been great! I come into the office a few times a week and help Sarah and Jane with a variety of tasks, including editing authors’ submissions and creating promotional materials. My favorite project has probably been recruiting UVa student liaisons; it’s rewarding to get my classmates excited about an event that we have worked hard on. A close second would be making flyers, which is so much fun.

How did you first find out about the Festival?

I sadly had not been introduced to the Festival until I got involved with UIP, the UVa program through which I am doing my internship. I think it will be neat to attend for the first time after getting an inside look at and helping with its planning.

Which programs and/or authors are you most looking forward to seeing in the 2017 Festival?

As a fan of novels with female leads, I am looking forward to checking out Irresistible Oddballs: New Voices in Fiction with Julia Claiborne Johnson, Rebecca Kauffman, and Liz Kay. Also, I unashamedly still love young adult fiction, so I will be going to see Crossing Boundaries: Relationships, Challenges and Perspectives in YA Fiction as well.

How do you spend your time when you aren’t helping with the Festival?

My classes keep me pretty busy, as I am a fourth year at UVa, but outside of school, I enjoy reading (of course!), cooking, and exploring Charlottesville and the surrounding area with my friends.

What book(s) are you reading right now?

Besides my psychology and economics textbooks, I have been reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. I really like memoirs, and a few people had been recommending this one to me for a while.

To see the result of Emma’s hard work and learn more about the Festival, check out this year’s schedule.