Highlighting hundreds of speakers and their new books, the annual Virginia Festival of the Book features more than 100 programs—from panel discussions to children’s storytimes—for all ages, reading levels, and interests.

The 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book will take place March 17-21. The Festival takes place in more than 70 venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The majority of our programs are free to attend. For most programs, you don’t need to buy a ticket or a book. All you need is your curiosity. 

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.

Travel & Transportation

View detailed travel information for getting to and around Charlottesville.

Lodging & Local Area

An Evening with Festival All-Stars: Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley

View detailed information about lodging options in Charlottesville.


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

Now Accepting Submissions for 2021 Festival

Through October 1, we invite submissions of original, published books (all genres) to be considered for inclusion in the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book.

The Festival encourages submissions by individuals from diverse backgrounds, including race and ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, class, and/or abilities.