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The Virginia Festival of the Book is a 5-day festival of mostly free literary events that are open to the public as we honor book culture and promote reading and literacy.

2014 Highlights

Weekend Slideshow


Festival Director Nancy Damon

The last two days of the Festival were chock full of events including a touching recognition of retiring Festival of the Book Director Nancy Damon.

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Friday Slideshow


Tom Cotter with a fan.

Where else would you have to choose between cocktails with Hemingway and a panel on motorcycles and classic cars? That's just an ordinary Friday night at the Festival of the Book.

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Thursday Slideshow


David Baldacci greets a fan.

David Baldacci greets a fan following the Festival Luncheon. Other highlights of the day include a gardening and cooking demo by Ira Wallace, How we Do Harm with Dr. Otis W. Brawley, and An Evening With Alice Hoffman.

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Wednesday Slideshow


Patricia Smith

The first day of the Festival kicked off with the Leadership Breakfast with Daniel Pink and wrapped up with Cities of Poetry with Patricia Smith and Gregory Orr. In between we awarded the Letters About Literature prizes, discussed the environment and so much more!

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