Open to participating students and their family and friends, this event features readings of original works by area middle and high school students who participated in the 2017 Poetry & Prose Contests hosted by the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Tuesday: Mar 21
Wednesday: Mar 22
Authors Marie Benedict (The Other Einstein), Carrie Brown (The Stargazer’s Sister), and Stephen O’Connor (Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings) share their novels featuring characters with intimate connections to historic figures.
Skyline 2017 anthology authors talk about fitting award-winning writing in with interesting professional careers. The program also celebrates the formal launching of the Skyline 2017 anthology of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for central Virginia writers.
Authors Kathleen Grissom (Glory Over Everything), Brooke Obie (Book of Addis: Cradled Embers), and Susan Rivers (The Second Mrs. Hockaday) share their stories of privilege, enslavement, families, and secrets.
Thursday: Mar 23
How does classic literature continue to shape modern-day readers, and how do readers themselves help shape popular classics? Author Patricia Park (Re Jane) and rare book curator Barbara Heritage discuss the enduring influence of Charlotte Brontë’s nineteenth-century novel, Jane Eyre.
Lisa Goff (Shantytown, USA), Brooke Obie (Book of Addis), and Lawrence Ross (Blackballed) discuss race and class in America, offering perspectives from fiction, policy and politics, and history, and encouraging thoughtful dialogue on these topics within our community.
Friday: Mar 24
Okey Ndibe (Never Look an American in the Eye), Roye Okupe (E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams), and Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) discuss how Africa influences the unique perspectives that they bring to their writing and creative work.
Elizabeth Poliner (As Close to Us as Breathing), Jonathan Rabb (Among the Living), and Domnica Radulescu (Country of Red Azaleas) have written moving, insightful novels that ask pertinent questions about the meaning of place and identity, exploring who we are and what we believe.
Join authors Will McIntosh (Faller), Sofia Samatar (The Winged Histories), and Steve White (Imperative) as they discuss world-building, plot structuring, and character development in contemporary and traditional science fiction and fantasy.
Clare Beams (We Show What We Have Learned & Other Stories), Belle Boggs (The Art of Waiting), and Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé) read from their work.
Saturday: Mar 25
Pintip Dunn (Forget Tomorrow), Margaret Locke (A Scandalous Matter), and Natalina Reis (Desert Jewel) discuss their tales of heroines facing the impossible force of their future in fantastical settings.
Outdoor enthusiast and author Jeff Alt (The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park) discusses real-life outdoor know-how and the fictional national park adventures that take place in his series of middle-grade novels.
Jennifer Brody (Return of the Continuums), Brenda Drake (Thief of Lies), Shaun David Hutchinson (At the Edge of the Universe), and Eric Smith (Branded) talk about world-building, character development, mythologies, and their creative processes as young adult fiction writers.
Sunday: Mar 26
The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its fourteenth annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including brunch, musical and spoken word performances by community youth, a tribute to book festival authors, book sales and signing. Tickets required.