Partner With Us

To explore opportunities to become a Festival sponsor or community partner, contact Jane Kulow (vabook@virginia.edu or 434 924-7548) by October 1 for the Festival taking place the following spring.

Major Sponsors

Charlottesville, Virginia 1762
County of Albemarle, Virginia
University of Virginia

The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
CFA Institute
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Dominion Energy
Bank of America
Charlottesville Airport (CHO)
Charlottesville, Albemarle Virginia

Other Sponsors

Ballyshannon Fund
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Old Dominion Capital Management Inc.
UVA Gamma Knife Center
Wells Fargo
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Program Sponsors

Albemarle County Rotary
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Bank of America
Carol Troxell Fund
CFA Institute
Charlottesville Pride Community Network
Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission
Dominion Energy
Federation of State Humanities Councils
Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Green Valley Book Fair
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Same Page
Community Read
Miller School of Albemarle

Mind & Life Institute
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, UVA
The Paramount Theater
The Shops at Stonefield
University of Virginia Gamma Knife Center
UVA School of Law
UVA Vice Provost for the Arts
Virginia Film Festival
W. Tucker Lemon, advocate for Reading Under the Influence
Wells Fargo
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

Volunteers & Committees

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a community-driven effort, and, as such, greatly appreciates the support of these organizations, schools, and groups in helping to develop and present our 2020 programs.

Office Volunteers and Interns, 2019-2020

Tish Colvin
Judy Harmon
Cecilia Mills
Jennett Murphy
Bill Nesbit
Cheryl Ribando
Liana Tai, Albemarle High School
Robert Borszich, PVCC
Erin Clancy, UVA
Emily Ivers, UVA
Hoang Le, UVA

Miller School of Albemarle Interns, 2019-2020

Nicholas Achenbach
Shanté Reid
Malone Hemsley
Kelby Hanson
Jackson Hotchkiss

2020 Committees

The Virginia Festival of the Book could not happen without these committee members, all volunteers, plus many more who assist at the events. If we inadvertently omitted your name, please accept our apologies.

If you would like to become a Book Festival volunteer, just fill out our online form.

Advisory Committee

Jennifer Alluisi
Jennifer Ayers
Guy Babineau
Marie Coles Baker
Josef Beery
Bradley Bodager
Althea Brooks
Jaronda Miller Bryant
Eboni Bugg
Paul Collinge
Tish Colvin
Abby Cox
Elizabeth Cromwell
Ellen Crosby
Shilpa Davé
Andrea Douglas
Betsy Edwards
Chris Engel
Krista Farrell
Jane Friedman
Michael Gaffney
Alan Goffinski
Patsy Goolsby
Michael Green
Sarah Hamfeldt
Claudrena Harold
Dan Hennicke
Hal Hurka
Sibley Johns
Rebecca Kendall
Leigh Keniston
Jody Kielbasa
Amanda Korman
Deborah Kovarsky

Enid Krieger
Julia Kudravetz
Tony Lin
Jeb Livingood
Iris Luck
Amy-Sarah Marshall
Janette Martin
Jenny Mays
Susan McGinnis
Cecilia Mills
Karina Monroy
Jennett Murphy
Nancy O’Brien
Abby Palko
David Plunkett
Leah Puryear
Javier Raudales
Ingrid Ramos
Paul Reyes
Jen Rogers
James Scales
Jalane Schmidt
Sylvie Sebastian
Paul Shepherd
Fanny Smadile
Lisa Russ Spaar
Catherine Spear
Leah Stoddard
Emma Terry
Christopher Tyree
Alexander Urpi
Steve Weddle
Brendan Wolfe
Lisa Woolfork
Allison Wright

Volunteer Steering Committee and Site Coordinators

Susan Cable
Rosemarie Calzadilla
Catherine Campagnino
John Campagnino
Nancy Damon
Dana Eastman
Liz Freshwater
Peg Gilliland
Marjie Giuliano
Barbarie Hill
Evette Lamka

Joyce MacDonald
Zanne Macdonald
Kim Martin
Wiley Martin
Liza Millett, Coordinator
Bill Nesbit
Laura Rydin
Ellen Soroka
Joan Tepper
Kathy Walmsley
Nancy Weikart

Reading Circle

Jennifer Alluisi
James Andrews
Nin Andrews
Marilyn Austin
Margaret Black
Chuck Bruse
Susan Cable
Elaine Chapman
Ted Coates
Susan Coleman
Hugh Colvin
Tish Colvin
Victoria Cox
Bettyanne Dicken
Pam Dowdell
Sharon Dudley
Chris Dunne
Fran Feigert
Joanne Foster
Kay Fracher
Diane Grieder
Judy Harmon
Barbarie Hill
Samantha Koon

Deborah Kovarsky
Evette Lamka
Diane Lawson
Eric Lawson
Iris Luck
Cecilia Mills
Jennett Murphy
Diane Murray
Ed Murray
William Nesbit
Mona Orange
Richard Orange
Carylon Pavlacka
Maggie Pearsall
Katie Plunkett
Heather Rowland
Philip Schrodt
Liana Tai
Janice Taylor
Peter Waldron
Nancy Weikert
Judith Wilkin
Peter Wilkin
Paul Yesawich

Youth Committee

Sarah FitzHenry
Peter Jones
Joan Kindig
Amber Loyacano
Katherine Plunkett
Debbie Rondeau
Mitzi Ware

Graphic Design and Printed Guide

Lucas Czarnecki, 2020 printed guide
Juana Medina, 2020 poster image
Josef Beery, original Festival logo
C-VILLE Weekly, printers

Community Partners

Access Arts Charlottesville/Albemarle
African American Authors Book Club
Agnor Hurt Elementary School
Albemarle Baking Company
Albemarle County Office of Equity & Inclusion
Albemarle High School
Amnesty International – Charlottesville
Baker-Butler Elementary School
Barnes & Noble
Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia
Books Bound2Please
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia
Brasserie Saison
Broadus Wood Elementary School
Brownsville Elementary School
Buford Middle School
Burley Middle School
Burnley-Moran Elementary School
Bus Lines Community Poetry
Cale Elementary School
Campbell Hall
Carver Recreation Center
Center for Race and Public Education in the South
Central JMRL Library
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Charlottesville-Area Immigrant Resource and Advocacy Coalition
Charlottesville Area Transit
Charlottesville Catholic School
Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated
Charlottesville Day School
Charlottesville High School
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation
Charlottesville Pride Community Network
City Council Chambers
CitySpace
Clark Elementary School
Common House
Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition
Congregation Beth Israel
Corcoran Department of Philosophy at UVA
Crozet Elementary School
Cville Immigrant Freedom Fund
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Downtown Transit Center
Elk Hill School
Fountain Bookstore
Free Union Country School
Gordon AVE JMRL Library
Greenbrier Elementary School
Greene County JMRL Library
Greer Elementary School
Grit Coffee
Harrisonburg High School
Hollymead Elementary School
International Neighbors
International Rescue Committee
Ivy Creek Foundation
Ivy Creek Natural Area
Jack Jouett Middle School
Jackson-Via Elementary School
James Monroe’s Highland
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Johnson Elementary School
Legal Aid Justice Center
Literacy Volunteers Charlottesville/Albemarle
M. Revak & Co.
Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at UVA
Meadowcreek Center, Region 10
Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

Monticello
Monticello Bird Club
Monticello High School
Murray Elementary School
New Dominion Bookshop
North Branch School
Omni Hotel
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Over the Moon Bookstore
Paramount Theater
Peabody School
Piedmont Virginia Community College PVCC Bookstore
Ragged Mountain Running Shop
Red Hill Elementary School
Revolutionary Humans
Robert H Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello
SAG-AFTRA—Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Scottsville Elementary School
Sexual Assault Resource Agency-SARA
SHE-Shelter for Help in Emergency
Sin Barreras
Southern Environmental Law Center
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Stone-Robinson Elementary School
Stone Soup Books
Stony Point Elementary School
Sutherland Middle School
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
The Center
The Center for Nonprofit Excellence
The Covenant School
The Daily Progress
The Disability Studies Initiative
The Haven
The Lodge at Old Trail
The Women’s Initiative
Third Thursdays at the Lodge at Old Trail
TJACE@PVCC
UVA Bookstore
UVA Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
UVA Department of Creative Writing
UVA Department of Environmental Sciences
UVA Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality
UVA Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections
UVA LGBT Committee for Faculty and Staff
UVA School of Architecture
V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont VA Community College
Venable Elementary School
Village School
Violet Crown Cinema
Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism
Virginia Center for the Book
Virginia Film Festival
Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities
Virginia Humanities
Virginia Humanities Fellowship Program
Virginia Library Association
Virginia Press Association
Virginia Public Media
Virginia Quarterly Review
Virginia Society of Ornithology
Walker Upper Elementary School
Walton Middle School
Welcoming Greater Charlottesville
Wesley Foundation at UVA
Western Albemarle High School
Williams Sonoma at Stonefield
Worksource Enterprises
WriterHouse

Contributors

Virginia Humanities, which produces the Virginia Festival of the Book, thanks the donors who designated their cash and in-kind gifts to the Festival. This list includes gifts received from February 14, 2019 to February 14, 2020. If we inadvertently omitted anyone, please accept our apologies.

$25,000 and up
CFA Institute
The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation
Dominion Energy
Renee and John Grisham

$10,000-$24,999
Anonymous
Bank of America
Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
CHO Airport
City of Charlottesville
County of Albemarle
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
UVA Office of the President

$5,000 to $9,999
Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
Jerome S. Handler
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Same Page Community Read
UVA Gamma Knife Center
Wells Fargo
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

$2,500 to $4,999
Antoinette and Benjamin Brewster
Candie and Chuck Bruse
Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
Betsy and James Greene
Charles Heiner
LexisNexis
Antonia and Michael Massie
Miller School of Albemarle
The Shops at Stonefield
Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

$1,000 to $2,499
Albemarle County Rotary Club
Nathalie and James Andrews
Charlottesville Pride Community Network
COSLA
Jane and Tom Davis
Wendy Mills and Mark Habeeb
McCrea and David Kudravetz
Catherine and W. Tucker Lemon
Lifetime Learning, UVA Office of Engagement
Terrence Sykes and William Alexander
UVA Office of the Provost & the Vice Provost Office for the Arts

$500 to $999
Anonymous
Barnes & Noble
Mary Payne and James Brookeman
Diana and Melvin Burruss
Clergy and Laity United for Justice and Peace
Sara and Charles Dassance
Michael Jay Green
Jo Ann and Buzzy Hofheimer
Christine Kueter
Jane and Rick Kulow
Gretchen McKee
Cecilia Mills and Philip Schrodt
Mind and Life Institute
John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History, UVA
R.E. Lee Companies
UVA Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights
Karen Zeno

$250 to $499
Kara and Chris Burke
Susan and Michael Coleman
Margaret and Cap Eschenroeder
Clifford Garstang
Debora Hoard
Karen Kigin
Diane and Eric Lawson
George Leaman
Daryl and Stephen Nemo
Mary W. Reiman
Peggy and Bill and Schrader
Jane-Ashley and Peter Skinner
Robert Troxell
Rachel Unkefer and Dan Doernberg
Susan and Paul Yesawich

$100 to $249

Anonymous (3)
Marie Baker
Rachel Baker
Deborah Banton
Louise Barrett
Margaret and Bruce Black
Louisa Bradford
Susan and Louis Cable
Carolyn Cades and Daniel Engel
Christine and James Campbell
Maria and Robert Chapel
Janet and Charles Cheeseman
Janis and Bob Chevalier
Bobbye and Michael Cohen
Barbara Conner
Joanne and Maynard Davis
Melinda Davis
Natalie Detert
Lucille Diggs
Jane Dittmar and Frank Squillace
Honnor Dorsey
Barbara Dougherty
Lisa Draine and Joel Schectman
Jessie Duff-McLaurin
Bette Dzamba and David Sellers
Corinne Field
Jenny Fife
Karen Long and Joseph Frolik
Elizabeth Gay
Maya and Chris Ghaemmaghami
Sandi Green
Carol Gronstal

Judy Harmon
Eleanor Hartless
Mary and Alan Hendricks
Shari Heywood
Carol and David Hogg
Sharon Hostler
Kathy and Joe Jackson
Aileen Kelly
Evelyn and Gary Kessler
Debby and Joel Kovarsky
Linda McGee
MaryLewis and Dan Meador
Susan Parsons
Heather Peck
Sally and Bob Powers
Kim Rendelson and Gabriel Goldberg
Diane Ritter
Ann and Dennis Rooker
Shamim Sisson and Jim Cooper
Allison and John Sleeman
Nancy Smith
Chris Sweeters
Suzanne Thorniley
Barbara Tobey
Abigail Turner and Dave Watson
Rose Van Epp
Varian Medical Systems
Michelle and Frank Venuti
Kristin Glover and Pierre-Hugues Verdier
Lucie Vogel
Elizabeth and David Waters
Mickey Weatherford
Duncan Whittome
Roger Williams

up to $99

Anonymous (5)
Diane and Hank Bisgaier
Liz Blankenship
Donna Blessing
Jeanine Braithwaite and Allan Nathanson
Alice and Jon Cannon
Ann Connell
Marianne Cook
Eugenia Cornell
Lee Cornwall
Margaret Cox
Karen and Tom Dowd
Ellen Dudley and Eric Seaborg
Chris Dunne
Anne Farrell
Krista and Pat Farrell
Bette and Charles Flickinger
Joan and Robert Forrest
Elizabeth Fuller
Christopher Gavaler
Alice Gore and Wick Hunt
Sharon Grazier
Barbara Hamran
Sharon and James Harrigan
Priscilla and John Hesford Sr.
Wendy and Jay Hirsh
Susan Hitchcock
Theodore Homyk, Jr.
Sarah and Christopher Honenberger
Corliss and Joseph Hubert
Karen and Dennis Johnson

Margaret and Jeffery Johnson
Jeffrey Karako
Marsha and Ivan Login
Kathleen Lyons
Faye Male
Diane Martin
Christine and Gary Medlin
Brenda Morris
National Society Of The DAR
Beth and Daniel Nissen
Nancy O’Brien
Mona and Richard Orange
Arlene Page
Lydia and John Peale
Jacquie and John Pickering
Deborah and Bruce Prum
Pat Punch and Leslie Middleton
Janet and Haydon Rochester
Mary E. Rogers
Carol and Robert Sacks
Claudine Schweber
Timothy Seibles
Janet Smalley
Diane and Michael Solatka
Betty Strider
Grace Suttle
Jeannie and Owen Tabor
Laura and Robert Troy
Krista Weih and Kevin Quirk
Lola Weir

Literary Leaders

The Festival appreciates the generous support of $2,500 from each of these Literary Leaders.
Anonymous
Antoinette and Benjamin Brewster
Candie and Chuck Bruse
Betsy and James Greene
Renee and John Grisham
Jerry Handler
Charles Heiner
Antonia and Michael Massie

Carol Troxell Fund—Celebrating Voracious Reading

Marianne Cook
Chris Dunne
Elizabeth Fuller
Clifford Garstang
Alice Gore and Wick Hunt
Antonia and Michael Massie
Sally and Bob Powers
Shamim Sisson and Jim Cooper
Betty Strider
Chris Sweeters
Robert Troxell

Authors Fund

Melinda Davis
Susan Hitchcock
Debora Hoard
Kathleen Lyons
Cecilia Mills and Philip Schrodt
Suzanne Thorniley

In Memoriam Gifts

Gifts in Honor of Individuals

In memory of Amy Campbell Brueckner
Christine and James Campbell
In memory of George & Mati Constantopoulos
Chris Dunn
In memory of Jean C. Fording
Eleanor Hartless
In memory of James L. Kelly
Aileen Kelly
In memory of James C. Miller
Christine Sweeters
In memory of Calvin P. Otto
Karen and Tom Dowd
In memory of Bob Seeherman
Jo Ann and Buzzy Hofheimer
In memory of Robert C. Vaughan III
Jerry Handler
Beth and Daniel Nissen
Lydia and John Peale
In memory of James E. Weatherford
Mickey Weatherford

In honor of Jane Kulow
Jane Dittmar and Frank Squillace
In honor of W. S. Merwin
Timothy Seibles
In honor Bianca E. Spann 
Elizabeth Gay
In honor of St. Brigid Press & Linji 
Jessie Duff-McLaurin
In honor of Nancy O’Brien
Jenny Fife
In honor of VFB Volunteers 
Bobbye and Michael Cohen

In-Kind Contributions

2nd Act Books
A Pimento Catering
Albemarle Baking Company
Barnes & Noble
Brasserie Saison
City of Charlottesville
CitySpace
Common House
Congregation Beth Israel
County of Albemarle
Lucas Czarnecki
Dr. Eva Natural Skincare
Feast!
Grit Coffee
Harrison Institute and Small Special
Collections Library at UVA
Ivy Creek Natural Area
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Lone Light Coffee
National Book Foundation
New Dominion Bookshop
Paromi Tea
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Splendora’s
St. Anne’s-Belfield School
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative
The Center
The Paramount Theater
The Pie Chest
UVA Bookstore
UVA Law School
Village School
Virginia Film Festival
Williams Sonoma at Stonefield
Cauline Yates

Media In-Kind Sponsorships

Albemarle Magazine
Blue Ridge Country Magazine  
CharlottesvilleFamily 
Charlottesville Guide
C-VILLE Weekly
Ivy Life & Style Media
The Daily Progress
Virginia Quarterly Review
Virginia Public Media
WMRA / WEMC Public Radio
WNRN 91.9FM
WTJU 91.1FM
WVTF Radio IQ