Virginia Festival of the Book

Sunday, Mar 21, 2021 at 11:00am

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:

11:00am–1:30pm: Celebration! A Tribute to the African American Literary Tradition    

The  Charlottesville Chapter of The Links Incorporated presents its 17th annual Celebration of the African American Literary Tradition, including musical and spoken word performances by community youth and a tribute to book festival authors. Invited authors will speak about their books, in response to questions provided by The Links, and take questions from attendees. The Links, Incorporated is an African - American Women’s service organization; the Charlottesville, Va. chapter was chartered in March 1998.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Girls in the World: Middle - Grade Fiction    

Middle - grade novelists Elizabeth Bunce (Premeditated Myrtle), Hena Khan (Amina’s Song), and Angie Smibert (The Truce) discuss their new stories of girls finding their voices and using their wits to solve mysteries, overcome challenges, and bring people together.

4:00pm - 4:45pm: BIPOC Voices in Speculative Fiction    

Catherine Hernandez (Crosshairs) and Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer) discuss their works of speculative fiction for YA and adult audiences, as well as their experiences as women of color writing BIPOC characters in science fiction and fantasy.

7:00pm - 7:45pm: Indigenous Poetry: Language as a Map Home    

Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria (Maps for Migrants and Ghosts) and Benjamín Naka - Hasebe Kingsley (D?mos: An American Multitude) read from and discuss their work exploring how language serves as a key and a map to the places and people that have been lost. Weaving together personal and family histories—from Igloria’s childhood in the Philippines to Kingsley’s intersection of Onondaga, Japanese, Cuban, and Appalachian cultures—these poets document the transformative promise and simultaneous intolerance of American society.

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