Book Festival 2022 announces schedule –

Highlights include:

  • The return of the popular Virginia Writing and Publishing programming track, a pre-festival offering beginning March 9, featuring virtual events for writers interested in publishing, presented in partnership with literary organizations across the Commonwealth;
  • a series of free virtual school events with authors, reaching K-12 students across the state;
  • Panel discussions highlighting new work across all genres and for all ages.;
  • And these major events taking place in Charlottesville and Albemarle County:

JMRL Same Page Community Read: we are not free with Traci Chee

Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. ET, CODE Building, Charlottesville

traci chee (we are not free) examines his acclaimed novel for young readers, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese-American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by mass incarceration in the United States during World War II. In conversation with the local children’s book author, Amy Lee Tai. FREE TO ATTEND AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Presented in collaboration with JMRL Community Reading on the Same Page.
Sponsored by Dominion Energy and Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Crime Wave: Secrets, Sisters and Spies

Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. ET, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville

Join the authors Kelly Garrett (Like a sister), Naomi Hirahara (Clark and Division), Y Soul Katsu (red window), as they share their highly acclaimed new mysteries that offer insightful explorations of brotherhood, both biological and chosen. Each novel reveals different facets of American culture as the heroines work to solve unexplained deaths and long-hidden secrets. moderated by ellen crosby.

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NBF Presents: An Evening with the National Book Awards

Saturday, March 19, 4 p.m. ET, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville

National Book Award 2021: honored authors Robert Jones Jr. (the prophets, Finalist, Fiction), Amber McBride (i (moth), Finalist, Youth Literature), and Jason Mott (hell of a book, Winner, Fiction) join us for a conversation about ancestors, ghosts, and community. moderated by Hanna Oliver Depp.

Presented in collaboration with National Book Foundation.

Southern landscapes: real and imagined

Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. ET, The Paramount Theatre, Charlottesville—TICKETS REQUIRED

Authors ralph eubanks (A place like Mississippi), jocelyn nicole johnson (my mountain), Y faith perry (south to america) take center stage in this main event of the Festival to discuss the historical fact and fiction of the American South. Famous storytellers from Mississippi, short stories from the near future in central Virginia, and a historian’s travelogue from the southern states together provide a multi-genre exploration of the region and what it means to belong here. moderated by justin g reid.
Tickets are $25 general admission ($12 for students) and can be purchased at

Poetry for Today: Readings from Victoria Chang and Rita Dove

Sunday, March 20, 3 p.m. ET, Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville

In association with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (AWBA) and as the closing event of the 2022 Virginia Book Festival, we present poets win chang (obituary) Y rita pigeon (Playlist for the Apocalypse) as they read and discuss their recent collections. Chang received the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for obituary, and Dove is a longtime juror for the AWBA, which was established in 1935 and is the only juried American book award that focuses on works that address racism and diversity. moderated by karen long.


Sponsored by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards.

The full schedule of events for the 2022 Virginia Book Festival is available at

All virtual events and most in-person events are free and open to the public.

festival COVID protocols for in-person events are available at


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