March 21 through 25, Charlottesville City and Albemarle County hosted the 18th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book.
The event brought readers, authors, and writers together in order to promote and celebrate books and literary
culture, presenting a wide variety of topics, ranging from global warming to the history of Charlottesville; Nearly 200 programs offered over the course of 5 days. While there were traditional author readings and book signings, the festival offered interesting programs such as the “StoryFest” filled with children’s authors, an Italian cooking demonstration, and even some seminars on poetry writing. This book festival is the largest of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region. Nancy Damon, the Program Director of the Virginia Festival of the Book, told us that the planning committee started operations for this year’s festival two years ago. A big topic, Damon mentioned, was the rise of ebooks. Kevin McFadden, Chief Operating Officer for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities agrees and wants to accommodate a greater demand for ebooks next year.
If you missed this year’s weekend of literary events, make sure to attend next year’s 19th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book, which is scheduled for March 20 through 24, 2013.