Virginia Festival of the Book

Charlottesville, VA 22903


We love books. We also love the people who make books, from writers and illustrators to agents and publishers. Each year, more than 20,000 people attend the Virginia Festival of the Book to share in this love.

A program of Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture every March.

We spend the rest of the year planning the Festival, selecting speakers through active recruitment as well as open submissions (June 1-October 1, annually) and working with community partners to plan programs that speak to the interests and needs of Virginians.

We offer Festival programming each March as well as Shelf Life virtual programming throughout the year, providing book lovers a variety of ways to learn about the world, find inspiration in work from today’s best writers and illustrators, and discover new ways of understanding ourselves and others. We also coordinate school visits by Festival speakers to public and private preK-12 schools in the Charlottesville area, reaching thousands of local students.

With a longstanding focus on accessibility and diversity, Festival programming engages attendees with new books, on a variety of topics and across genres, that are timely and necessary, and which we hope will prompt discourse and connection between people.

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