Schedule

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Virginia Festival of the Book: March 22-26, 2017

9:00 AM

2017 Lit Fair

Sat. March 25, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

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9:30 AM

Book Signings at the Lit Fair, Throughout Saturday

Sat. March 25, 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Atrium

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

For the first time at the Virginia Festival of the Book, selected speakers with programs held elsewhere during the Festival will also sign books during the Lit Fair on Saturday, March 25, in half-hour time slots.

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Tags: African-American, American Indian, Biography / Memoir, Book Club Picks, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Environment / Science, Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, Fiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Publishing / Books / Writing, Spirituality / Religion, Sports / Outdoors / Animals

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Clifford, We Love You

Sat. March 25, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

WVPT celebrates Clifford the Big Red Dog while promoting children’s love of reading by presenting an episode of the popular PBS Kids show, based on the series of books by Norman Bridwell.

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10:00 AM

The Tragedy of Racism and Racial Violence

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Charles B. Dew (The Making of a Racist: A Southerner Reflects on Family, History, and the Slave Trade), Jason Morgan Ward (Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century), and Marjory Wentworth (We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel) examine questions of race, civil rights, and horrific violence.

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Flying Lessons & Other Stories: We Need Diverse Books

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Editor, Ellen Oh, and contributing authors, Soman Chainani and Meg Medina, discuss short stories that everybody can love, as well as the new anthology of fiction for middle grades and early teens, Flying Lessons & Other Stories, published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books™.

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Publishing Day: Keys to Success in Book Publishing and Promotion

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Monroe Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Successful authors go where their readers are. As publishers allot fewer resources for publicity, today’s writers must exploit every opportunity to get their books seen by readers. Authors Brenda Drake, Ann Garvin, and Tom McAllister will discuss their varied experiences in bringing attention to other authors’ books as well as their own.

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Publishing Day: Literary Publishing

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom A

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Dallas Hudgens (novelist and founder of publishing houses Relegation Books and Stillhouse Press), Paul Reyes (editor for Virginia Quarterly Review)and Erica Wright (poetry editor for Guernica) discuss literary publishing. Allison Wright (VQR) moderates.

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Essential Fiction: Kaitlyn Greenidge, Caroline Leavitt & Yewande Omotoso

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Kaitlyn Greenidge (We Love You, Charlie Freeman), Caroline Leavitt (Cruel Beautiful World) and Yewande Omotoso (The Woman Next Door) share their nuanced and entertaining stories of seduction, competition, friendship, race, love, family, and consequences.

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Tags: Book Club Picks, Fiction

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22nd Annual Kids’ Book Swap

Sat. March 25, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - Children's Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bring your gently used children’s books and trade for new-to-you books. We’ll start with fifty boxes of books in the morning and will keep swapping until lunchtime. It’s free and it’s fun!

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10:30 AM

12:00 PM

Crime Wave: Techno Thrillers!

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Monroe Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Terrence McCauley (A Murder of Crows), Sean McFate (Shadow War), and Elizabeth Young (Fugo:Terror From the Sky) share thrillers with plots from tomorrow’s headlines.

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Stage-Serious Cancer: Responding with Humor and Faith

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa McLeod Hall Auditorium

202 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Authors Jason Micheli (Cancer is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Cancer) and Terri Tate (A Crooked Smile), relate their experiences with cancer, how they’ve used humor to respond, and how their spiritual journeys have deepened in the midst of it.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Health / Mind / Body, Spirituality / Religion

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Adventures in the Middle: Friendships and Mysteries in Middle School

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Casey Lyall (Howard Wallace, P.I.), Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), and Danette Vigilante (The Trouble With Half a Moon) discuss the characters, friendships, and mysteries that provide the compelling and realistic material for their recent middle-grade novels.

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The Men of Romance Audiobooks: Narrator Panel

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Romance audiobook narrators and voice actors David Brenin, Will Damron, Luke Daniels, Derek Perkins, and Aiden Snow discuss the audiobook publishing world and creating performances that carry romance listeners from first blush to happily ever after.

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Nuclear War: Survivors, Resistors, and Current Peril

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Susan Southard (Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War), Caren Stelson (Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story), and Dan Zak (Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age) will present and discuss their new work in regards to the Nuclear Age.

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Tags: Biography / Memoir, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, History, Nonfiction

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Pop Life: Cultural Influences of Media

Sat. March 25, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location:

UVa Bookstore

400 Emmet Street S, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Camilla Fojas (Zombies, Migrants, and Queers), Glenn Frankel (High Noon), and Jack Hamilton (Just Around Midnight) discuss different elements of pop culture and how they help define social and political beliefs.

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Tags: Arts, Current Affairs / World Affairs / War, Gender, History, Language / Culture / Folklife, LGBTQ, Music, Nonfiction

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2:00 PM

Backpacking Adventures for Kids

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Albemarle Tourism & Adventure Center

Historic Crozet Train Depot, 5791 Three Notch'd Road, Crozet, Va. 22932

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.

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Tags: Environment / Science, Fiction, Sports / Outdoors / Animals, StoryFest / Youth

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Crime Wave: Dangerous Detections & Deceptions

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Diane Fanning (Treason in the Secret City), Con Lehane (Murder at the 42nd Street Library), Bradley Spinelli (The Painted Gun), and David O. Stewart (The Babe Ruth Deception) share stories of spies and detectives traveling dangerous streets.

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Civil Protests, Bloody Responses: Kent State and Selma

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Howard Means (67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence) and Robert Pratt (Selma’s Bloody Sunday: Protest, Voting Rights, and the Struggle for Racial Equality) share events of American civil protests that resulted in bloodshed, histories of protest and reaction that remain relevant today.

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Crime Wave: Great Stories, Caught Up in Crime

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

John Hart (Redemption Road), Diane Les Becquets (Breaking Wild), Randall Silvis (Two Days Gone), and Robin Yocum (A Brilliant Death) discuss their stories, where crime captivates families and communities.

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Storytime Marathon

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library - Children's Room

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

A selection of beloved children’s authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities for children ages 3-6. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program.

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Modern Love, Contemporary Romance

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Brandi Granett (Triple Love Score), Mary Ann Marlowe (Some Kind of Magic), and Hope Ramsay (A Christmas Bride) discuss the quirky heroines and contemporary settings in their books about modern love.

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Workshop: How to Write Books Readers Can’t Put Down with Ann Garvin

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location:

WriterHouse

508 Dale Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Advance registration is required and the cost to participate is $60 for WriterHouse members, $65 for non-members. To register, please click the GET TICKETS button below.
All stories, whether you are amusing your friends at a picnic or entertaining family at a reunion, are made up of …

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The Supernatural Self: Fantasy and Intrigue in YA Fiction

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Village School

215 E High Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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.

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Poetry: Time and Memory

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

New Dominion Bookshop

404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Gary Geddes (The Resumption of Play), Sandra Meek (An Ecology of Elsewhere), and Shara McCallum (Madwoman) reveal and read their recent work to us.

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SELC Environmental Writing Award Program

Sat. March 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location:

Southern Environmental Law Center

201 West Main Street, Suite 14, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Join the Southern Environmental Law Center to hear some of the most powerful voices speaking on behalf of our health, our environment, and places we love in the South. Featuring the presentation of this year’s Reed Environmental Writing Awards.

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4:00 PM

From Killer Robots to Evil Emperors: Tom Angleberger & John Claude Bemis

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Tom Angleberger (Rocket and Groot) and John Claude Bemis (Out of Abaton) discuss the captivating tales of betrayal, fantastical adventures, and other hijinks that make up their popular novels and illustrated comics.

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Tags: Comics and Graphic Novels, Fantasy / Science Fiction / Graphic, StoryFest / Youth

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Crime Wave: Gritty and Grabbing

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom B

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Bill Beverly (Dodgers), Steph Post (Lightwood), and David Swinson (The Second Girl) share their captivating crime stories.

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Questions, Expertise, and the President: Not Just for News Junkies

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Marc Fisher, Michael Kranish (Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power), Tom Nichols (The Death of Expertise), and Frank Sesno (Ask More) will discuss the reporting and research that led to their new books.

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Drawing and Writing Libros: A Conversation about Children’s Publishing

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Monroe Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Picture book authors and illustrators Juana Medina (Juana and Lucas), Lulu Delacre (Olinguito, de la A a la Z!), and Angela Dominguez (Marta! Big & Small) discuss their Latino roots and the behind-the-scenes aspects of producing award-winning and critically-acclaimed works for children.

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An Inconvenient Love: Historical Romance

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Preston Room

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Rose Fairbanks (Renewed Hope), Julia London (Sinful Scottish Laird), and S.K. Long (Passion in the Pines) discuss historical novels that explore love, marriage, and second chances.

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Crime Wave: Private Eyes You’ll Want to Follow

Sat. March 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Location:

Omni Hotel - Ballroom C

212 Ridge McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Greer Macallister (Girl in Disguise), Michael Robertson (The Baker Street Jurors), and Erica Wright (The Granite Moth) share inventive tales of disguise and detection.

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5:30 PM

8:00 PM

Written in the Stars: Margot Shetterly & Dava Sobel — SOLD OUT

Sat. March 25, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Location:

Paramount Theater

215 E Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Authors Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures) and Dava Sobel (The Glass Universe) discuss their new books and careers as female historians as well as the impact they hope their work has.

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