About Us

The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 23rd Annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017.

Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. We have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list of past participants can be seen here.

Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

The Festival is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs on a wide range of topics taking place at a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.

The Book Festival has become an integral part of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County community. It was formally recognized as such when it was named a Signature Event by the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau.

In support of the staff, almost every aspect of the Festival is organized and generated by Festival Committees of community volunteers who generously contribute their time and energy.

Future Festival Dates

The 24th annual Virginia Festival of the Book
March 21-25, 2018

The 25th annual Virginia Festival of the Book
March 20-24, 2019

The 26th annual Virginia Festival of the Book
March 18-22, 2020

The 27th annual Virginia Festival of the Book
March 17-21, 2021

Staff

Jane Kulow
Director, Virginia Center for the Book
434 924-7548
vabook@virginia.edu

Sarah Lawson
Assistant Director, Virginia Center for the Book
434 982-2983
sdlawson@virginia.edu

Tori Talbot
Events Manager, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
434 243-8809
toritalbot@virginia.edu