Ninth annual book festival promises to be
Mae Brown, John Grisham, Donald Westlake, Nikki Giovanni,
William Hoffman, Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Mouse over photo to see: Ann Beattie, Julian Bond, Rita Dove,
George Garrett, Gregory Orr, Jahan Ramazani
By Anne Bromley
storms arent the only reason to wrap yourself up with a
good read. March brings spring to town, as well as the annual
Virginia Festival of the Book,
with a new season of authors and activities to brighten the hours
March 19-23. Five days are devoted to a mix of genres from science
fiction to nature, from storytelling to bookbinding, from literary
criticism to poetry, from John Grisham to Lee Smith.
can follow these and other genres and themes through the week:
youth and family, Southern accents and African-American voices,
suspense and mysteries or taste them all, one event after
fiction enthusiasts can boldly go to planets far, far away at
Friday and Saturday panels and talks by science fiction writers
who publish books for series like Star Trek, Star
Wars, X-Files and Dune.
those in love with Americas national pastime, the NPR trio
of Frank DeFord, Neal Conan and Scott Simon will talk baseball
in person March 23. A special session March 22 on black baseball-playing
in Virginia will spotlight Darrell Howard, author of Sunday
Coming: Black Baseball in Virginia, and Mamie Peanut
Johnson, a black woman who played in the Negro leagues.
following eventsare sold out:
The business breakfast March 19 with Susan Ford Collins
and the March 20 luncheon with Lee Smith.
$35 per person, may still be available for the crime fiction
luncheon at the Omni Hotel March 22 with Rita Mae Brown.
Virginia Festival of the Book program will appear in the
March 16 Daily Progress. Also check the Web site http://www.vabook.org
for any last minute program changes.
matter what kind of spiritual inspiration you might be looking
for, whether youre a Catholic, a centenarian or a New Age
visionary, there are events planned with a range of perspectives.
range from Girl Meets God author Lauren Winner to
Crack in the Cosmic Egg author Joseph Chilton Pearce.
Author and NPR personality Neenah Ellis will discuss her book
of interviews with people whove lived for a century, If
I Live to Be 100.
viewpoints abound in book festival events. A March 22 presentation
at the U.Va. Bookstore will feature poets from Cave Canem, a writing
retreat for African-American writers. U.Va. history professor
Julian Bond and others will talk about the early Civil Rights
era days March 20 in the Alderman Library McGregor Room.
21, the editor of Sitting in for Emmet Till, Chris
Metress, will talk about his work on a documentary narrative about
the legacy of one of the most heinous racially motivated murders
in American history, the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmet Till
in Mississippi. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in
the Dickinson Arts Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
all book festival events are free.
it or not, this is only a partial list, highlighting U.Va. participants
and a few special events.
in the Great American Novel?
winners of the Great American Novel fiction contest will be honored
March 22. Aided by the staff of U.Va.s creative writing
journal, Meridian, and the creative writing program, editor of
Tupelo Press Jeffrey Levine has chosen three winners to receive
an in-depth reading and editorial consultation of their novels
or novellas, as well as final consideration for publication. The
winners will read from their work at the event, which is one of
many related to publishing scheduled that day.March
22, 4 p.m., Omni Hotel
Three generations of U.Va. fiction writers
Reading from their work are novelist and Virginia poet laureate
George Garrett, U.Va. professor emeritus; novelist Michael Knight,
a former student of Garretts who teaches at the University
of Tennessee; and Sean McConnell, a former student of Knights
now enrolled in the U.Va. graduate Creative Writing Program.
19, 8 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore
Kevin Anderson, Rita Mae Brown, Neal Conan, Frank DeFord,
Nikki Giovanni, John Grisham, Earl Hamner, William Hoffman,
Darrell Howard, Mamie Peanut Johnson, Michael
Mewshaw, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Scott Simon, Lee Smith, Donald
Professors Works in Progress
Violence and the Imagination panel discussion with Stephen
Cushman, Susan Fraiman and Scott Saul
21, 10 a.m.-noon, Jefferson Hall
Space and Literature: The Rhythms of Story and the Homes of Inspiration
panel discussion with Alison Booth, Michael Levenson, Lisa
Russ Spaar and Christopher Tilghman
21, 2-4 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium
Dove will read her poetry, and literary scholar Jahan Ramazani
will talk about his recent editing project on remaking The
Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry
21, 4-5 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium
in Bryan Hall lounge
March 21, 5-7 p.m.
and the Imagination: Poetry and prose readings by Mark Edmundson,
Debra Nystrom and Gregory Orr
March 22, Noon-2 p.m., Minor Hall Auditorium
Aloud: with poet Henry Taylor, playwright Teresa Dowell-Vest and
novelist Eric Kraft.
22, Noon, New Dominion Bookshop
Fiction and poetry readings by Ann Beattie and Charles Wright
March 22, 2-3 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author and feminist pioneer, is a founding
editor of Ms. Magazine and writer of the column, Working
Woman. She has written several books, including Getting
Over Getting Older and How To Make it in a Mans
World. She will read from her latest work of fiction, Three
Daughters, and answer questions about her work.
March 20, 4 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore Mezzanine
the Civil War
History professor Gary W. Gallagher, a leading authority on Civil
War military history, will participate in two events exploring
important aspects of the American Civil War. He will give a talk
on "The President and the General: Abraham Lincoln, Stonewall
Jackson, and the 1862 Valley Campaign" and join a panel discussion
on "The Civil War: The Soldier's View - The General's View."
The panel will focus on Robert E. Lee and his concerns about the
impact of battle front activity on home front morale.
March 22, 10 a.m. and noon, Zehmer Hall
Celebrate Women Writers!
Join the Womens Center for a celebration of women who have
recently published books. Open to the public, the reception recognizes
writers from the Virginia Festival of the Book and local and University
authors. R.S.V.P. to 982-2231.
21, 4-6 p.m., Morea House, Sprigg Lane
South Asian Studies
Voices of the Puppet Masters of Indonesia slide presentation
19, 4 p.m., 160 Campbell Hall
Authors Eugene Trani and Frances Gouda discuss U.S. foreign policy
with the former Soviet Union and Indonesia.
writers and scholars
Ann Beattie, Julian Bond, Alison Booth, Roberta Culbertson,
Stephen Cushman, Pablo Davis, Rita Dove, Mark Edmundson, Susan
Fraiman, Gary Gallagher, George Garrett, Michael Levenson,
Debra Nystrom, Gregory Orr, Jahan Ramazani, Scott Saul, Peter
Sheras, Lisa Russ Spaar, Christopher Tilghman, Charles Wright
19, 4 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore MezzaninecContemporary Literature
of India and Pakistan in translation.
March 21, 4 p.m., Rotunda
Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of the "Students
With Children" Initiative Pablo Davis will be featured at
the Virginia Festival of the Book's StoryFest. "Pablo Davis
and Friends" will present a special edition of La Hora de
los Cuentos en Espanol (Storytime in Spanish).
March 22, 10:30 a.m., Downtown Library
Visual artist Enrique Chagoya and U.Va. Spanish professor Ricardo
Padrón, author of The Spacious Word: Cartography,
Literature and Empire in Early Modern Spain, will discuss
Cannibalism and the Spaces of History: Book Arts and Literature
their unique approaches to language, history, globalism
and cultural transformation with moderator Pablo Davis,
assistant dean of students.
March 22, 2 p.m., Second Street Art Gallery
alumni and their words
Throughout the festival, a few alums are coming back.
Camuto will talk about his latest book, Hunting from Home:
A Year in the Blue Ridge.
19, 4 p.m., New Dominion Bookshop
Rosemary Graham, author of My Not So Terrible Time at the
Hippie Hotel, will be a panelist on young adult book publishing.
22, 4 p.m., Omni Hotel
Poet Reetika Vazirani, who recently published her second book,
World Hotel, will read with poets R. T. Smith and
22, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble
Poet Michael Chitwood, a graduate of the Creative Writing Program
whose most recent collection is Gospel Road Going,
with poet Kim Addonizio.
21, 8 p.m., U.Va. Bookstore
Greg Bottoms, creative writing instructor at Sweet Briar College
and author of the story collection Sentimental Heartbroken
Rednecks and the memoir Angel Head, will discuss
the value of fellowships with Peggy Baggett of the Virginia Commission
for the Arts, Cliff Becker of the National Endowment for the Arts
and fiction writer Lenore Hart.
March 20, 10 a.m., Rotunda
From mountain hiking to genetic exploration, from bird-watching
to ocean ecology, there are readings and panels to interest nature-lovers
of all kinds.
his book, Byrds Line: A Natural History, Stephen
Conrad Ausband talks about revisiting the boundary between North
Carolina and Virginia 300 years after William Byrd wrote The
History of the Dividing Line.
March 18, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Mountain Sports
bird-watchers with a sense of humor, author and avid birder Peter
Cashwell will give a talk on The Verb To Bird.
19, 7 p.m., Cavalier Best Western
Leonard Adkins, known as the habitual hiker, will
give two talks, one on wildflowers and another on hiking the Appalachian
Trail from Georgia to Maine.
20, 2 p.m., Senior Center
20, 8 p.m., Blue Ridge Mountain Sports
Olson and Ellen Ruppel Shell will discuss what genetics is revealing
about human origins and conditions like obesity.
21, 4 p.m., City Council Chambers
Concurrently, nature writers Melissa Walker and Ian Marshall will
talk about their environmental memoirs, published by U.Va. Press.
21, 4 p.m., New Dominion Bookshop
the website at http://www.vabook.org
for any last minute program changes.