If one of your favorite ways to unwind is to bury your head in a book, we have found the perfect event for you. The Virginia Festival of the Book is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss it. This five-day festival of mostly free literary events that are open to the public is set for March 19-23, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The event will honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. Its goal is to bring together writers and readers and promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy and literary culture. Programs will range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children’s authors and storybook characters. Learn about how to publish a novel or discuss how to best run a book club. There’s so much to talk about, from freelancer’s rights to book-binding. Take part in as much or as little as you please. The majority of the programs are free of charge, with the exception of a few ticketed events.
Ticketed events include an evening with Alice Hoffman, a leadership breakfast, an afternoon with Lois Lowry and Kathryn Erskine, a festival luncheon and crime wave brunch. The last two events are already sold out, so you’ll need to register fast for the others if you’re interested. Tickets are complimentary but required for the evening with Alice Hoffman. Her newest novel is Museum of Extraordinary Things, but previous works include The Dovekeepers, Survival Lessons, Practical Magic, and Here on Earth. Her short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest, Harvard Review, Ploughshares and more. You can reserve your tickets for the evening of Thursday, March 20th at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office.
For $40, you can attend the Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, March 19th with Daniel H. Pink. He’s the author of three provocative books, including A Whole New Mind and Drive (both long-running New York Times bestsellers.) To Sell is his latest book, and it is not only a No. 1 New York Times bestseller, but also a #1 Washington Post nonfiction bestseller and a #1 Wall Street Journal business bestseller. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages. You can get your tickets here.
Finally, you can spend the afternoon of Sunday, March 23rd with Lois Lowry and Kathryn Erskine for $10. Admission is only $3 for children K-12. Lois Lowry is a Newbery Medal Recipient and Kathryn Erskine is a National Book Award recipient. They will participate in a special edition of the festival’s annual StoryFest at Culbreth Theater. The University of Virginia Arts Box Office has tickets for this event as well.
The Virginia Festival of the Book has now become the largest gathering of authors, writers and readers in the Commonwealth and the Mid-Atlantic region. You can support the festival by giving a gift to the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The organization is a huge supporter and one of the reasons the festival stays free and open to the public.
As you start planning your trip to Charlottesville in March, we encourage you to check out our Select Registry members. The Prospect Hill Plantation Inn sits on a historic 18th-century plantation. Also in Charlottesville, the Silver Thatch Inn is a beautiful seven-room Virginia Colonial farm house in the heart of Virginia wine country. In nearby Staunton, Virginia, the Frederick House has 25 guest rooms or suites in five award-winning,19th-century residences. And if you are wanting to travel with your four-legged friend, consider the Iris Inn in Waynesboro, VA. The pet-friendly cottage gives your pet plenty of room to roam!
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