Highlighting a robust selection of speakers and their new books, the annual Virginia Festival of the Book features events for all ages, reading levels, and interests—from panel discussions to children’s storytimes.

In a time when so much remains unpredictable, we are thrilled to let you know that the 27th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will take place virtually, March 13-26, 2021, with a full schedule of engaging discussions, one-of-a-kind readings, and so much more. Though we will not be able to gather in person for the Festival in March, we are so excited to still be able to connect and share new books with you, and we hope you will be as excited as we are. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the schedule, which will be announced in January! 

Looking for specific program details? We announce the Festival schedule each year in January, at which point you can browse specific program details by day, topic, or venue.


As a program of Virginia Humanities and the University of Virginia, the Virginia Festival of the Book values disability within the spectrum of human diversity and is committed to providing an environment where individuals with disabilities can be their full selves and thrive. Our goal is to make Festival programming as inclusive as possible. 


We select speakers through active recruitment as well as open submissions, June 1 through October 1 annually. 

Festival Dates

Future Festival Dates

  • March 16-20, 2022
  • March 22-26, 2023
  • March 20-24, 2024
  • March 19-23, 2025