Book festival closes chapter
on eighth annual event
by Jenny Gerow
and parents crowded around storyteller and radio host Peter
Jones at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library on Saturday,
captivated by the tale he told Caps for Sale, by
Esphyr Slobodkina and the hats he wore. Also participating
in the readings were his partner Jen Hoffman, a U.Va. faculty
member in the Career Services office. The events were part
of StoryFest, a five-hour program of family-centered, book-related
From childrens programs to talks on thinking like a
genius, getting published and whether erotica helps sell prose,
the contents of the eighth annual Virginia Festival of the Book
were as varied as the words in a dictionary.
try to have programs that will reach the widest range of the community,
said festival director Nancy Damon.
of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and special interests, as well
as publishing professionals, book illustrators and storytellers,
participated in this years five-day literary fest, March
began meeting last July to plan the program, culling ideas from
people whove been to the festival or heard about it, as
well as publicists and authors, local residents and U.Va. faculty.
more on the festival, produced by the Virginia Foundation for
the Humanities, visit http://www.vabook.org/.