Virginia Festival of the Book Returns to Charlottesville this March
Charlottesville gets literary this March when the annual Virginia Festival of the Book returns for five days of bookish revelry. Mostly free and open to the public, the Virginia Festival of the Book promotes reading, culture, and literacy through events for all ages. From readings and book signings by renowned authors to a kid-friendly StoryFest with children’s authors and characters, there is something for everyone. The mission of the festival is to provide a sense of community for readers and writers where book culture and literary pursuits can be celebrated.
While most attendees come from Virginia, many travel from across the United States and other countries as well. The Festival of the Book is in its 19th year in 2014, and for the past nine years, more than 20,000 people have attended annually. This year’s festival will kick-off on March 19th and run until March 23rd.
The festival is happening all around Charlottesville – in libraries, bookstores, schools, theatres and other venues in Albemarle County, with a high concentration of events happening right around the Downtown Mall and the University of Virginia campus.
One highly-anticipated event taking place this year is “An Afternoon with Lois Lowry and Kathryn Erskine” which is happening on Sunday, March 23rd. Tickets are required for this event and are $10 for adults and $3 for children. Lowry’s award-winning children’s novel The Giver has been a classic staple for young readers since its publication, and is currently being turned into a film with Jeff Bridges.
The importance of books is nothing new to Charlottesville. Books have always been an important part of the city’s culture. New Dominion Bookshop located in Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall is the oldest independent bookstore in the state of Virginia. In business since 1924, it offers a selection of genres from fiction to children’s books, and an especially unique section of landscape gardening and architecture texts. Another much-loved gem for Charlottesville book lovers is Daedalus Bookshop in Charlottesville, which boasts three floors of used and out-of-print books. It is a charming, classic bookshop, perfect for those who enjoy perusing shelves for hidden literary treasures.
So, whether you are looking to visit, searching for Charlottesville Real Estate or a Charlottesville local hoping to experience Virginia’s literary culture, we hope to see you at the Virginia Festival of the Book this March.