Virginia Festival of the Book

Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 at 12:00pm

Onilne
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Free

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The Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture… virtually!

In a time when so much remains unpredictable, the 27th annual Virginia Festival of the Book will take place virtually, with a full schedule of engaging discussions for all ages and interests. The majority of our events this year will be held on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook.

Please register in advance for all events you plan to attend, so that you can receive the Zoom link as well as day - of reminders about each event through Eventbrite. By attending Zoom, you will have the chance to add your questions to the conversation, in the majority of our events. If you forget to register, or would prefer not to, you can also watch the majority of our events on Facebook.com/VaBookFest. Specific details about registration and livestreams can be found on individual event pages under Schedule in the menu above.

Schedule:

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Audiobook Publishing 101 for Authors    

Hear audiobook narrators and producers Andi Arndt, Ron Butler, Paul Heitsch, and Karen White present an overview of the range of audiobook publishing options available to authors in the current landscape, whether independently or traditionally published in print. Moderated by Michele Cobb, publisher of AudioFile magazine, the participants will discuss audio rights, production costs and various models of payment, and tips on casting, with time for questions. The participants have years of experience producing and narrating hundreds of books.

This event is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Law and Authors: Jacqueline Lipton in Conversation with Jane Friedman    

Jacqueline Lipton, law professor, consultant, and literary agent, discusses her accessible, reader - friendly handbook for authors, agents, and editors in navigating the legal landscape of the contemporary publishing industry, in conversation with publishing expert Jane Friedman. In Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers, Lipton addresses issues of copyright, explaining fair use and public domain; trademark and branding concerns; laws that impact the ways authors might use social media and marketing promotions; and privacy and defamation questions writers may face.

This event is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Agents Roundtable  

Literary agents discuss authors and genres they represent, work they seek, and take questions from attendees about any part of the process. April Eberhardt (April Eberhardt Literary), Cherise Fisher (Wendy Sherman Associates Literary Management), Rayhané Sanders (Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents), and Nikki Terpilowski (Holloway Literary) will participate.

This event is presented as part of the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book’s Virginia Writing & Publishing series, hosted by these writing centers and organizations across Virginia: 1455 Literary Arts, James River Writers, The Muse, Randolph College MFA, Watershed Lit Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, and WriterHouse.

7:00pm - 8:30pm: The Back Room Presents: Rural Noir    

Crime writers S.A. Cosby, Chris Harding Thornton, David Heska Wanbli Weiden, and Heather Young discuss their highly - acclaimed books and meet with attendees in The Back Room, hosted and moderated by international bestselling authors Karen Dionne and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Each of these novels presents a complicated story of secrets and crimes that involve generations within a rural noir framework, including Virginia - based drag races, lost souls in rural Nebraska, criminal injustice on a North Dakota reservation, and the explosive effects of opioid abuse in a small town in Nevada.

The Back Room event opens with all four authors in conversation with Dionne and Ryan, followed by four sessions in break - out rooms, when the authors visit each room in turn, offering attendees the opportunity to chat with each author. For more information about how the event unfolds, see How it Works.

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