Four new headlining programs have been announced for the 25th-anniversary edition of the Virginia Festival of the Book, which is coming up March 20 to 24.
“An Evening with Festival All-Stars: Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani and Douglas Brinkley” is set for 8 p.m. March 20 at the Paramount Theater. Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures,” is your host. Tickets are $22, $11.50 for students, and are available at vabook.org or from the Paramount’s box office.
“All of Our Rights: America’s Legacy of Inequality,” planned for 8 p.m. March 21 at the Paramount, will be moderated by Jamelle Bouie, New York Times Opinion columnist and CBS News political analyst. Speakers will include Carol Anderson, author of “One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy”; Michael Eric Dyson, author of “What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America”; and Martha S. Jones, author of “Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America,” will speak about their award-winning books. Tickets, $22 and $11.50, are available from vabook.org or the Paramount’s box office.
“Future Tense: Writers You’ll Be Reading for the Next 25 Years” is set for 8 p.m. March 23 at the Paramount. Listen for young writers Mitchell S. Jackson (“Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family”), Jose Olivarez (“Citizen Illegal”) and Sarah Smarsh (“Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth”). The moderator will be Washington Post nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozano.
“History Embodied: Public Monuments & Power” is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 20 at the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy, author of “Monumental: It Was Never About a Statue,” and Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans and author of “In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History,” will speak about their experiences as elected representatives examining the history and issues behind public monuments in their cities. Gregg Kimball, co-chair of Richmond’s Monument Avenue Commission, will serve as moderator. Tickets are free, but all have been reserved online.
The Paramount Theater’s box office can be reached at (434) 979-1333 or theparamount.net.
The complete festival schedule will be announced Monday. For details, visit vabook.org.