Virginia Festival of the Book announces featured writers


Guest Post by Sarah Matalone

Many of the Virginia Festival of the Book‘s events—we’re looking at you, Crime Wave—tend to sell out very early. So no, it’s not too soon to start talking about the 18th annual fest’s featured guests, even though it’s not until late March.

Here’s some of the early highlights:

  • Ed Ayers, former UVA professor, current president of the University of Richmond and beloved “History Guy” from the BackStory radio program, will speak at the Festival Luncheon. ($40)
  • Jeffrey Deaver, bestselling author of the new James Bond reboot novel called Carte Blanche, will talk at the Crime Wave Luncheon. ($60)
  • Jerry West, a.k.a., “Mr. Clutch,” former player, coach, and general manager of the L.A. Lakers, will host a rousing Leadership Breakfast. ($40-$500)
  • Authors Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, and singer-songwriters Marshall Chapman and Matraca Berg, will blend story and song with their “Southern Refrains” at The Paramount. ($32-48)

Stay tuned for more information on the free events as the festival approaches.