Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Virginia Festival of the Book 2012

One of the many benefits* of living in a university town is that there are always really interesting events going on throughout the year. In the Fall we have the Virginia Film Festival, and in the Spring we have the Virginia Festival of the Book. It's four days of book panels, author readings, publishing advice and all sorts of other goodies that make my little book nerd heart soar.

I was especially excited to see two authors this time, Chard Harbach, who wrote The Art of Fielding, and Lauren Willig, who is the author of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation series. Chad Harbach is a graduate of UVA's MFA program, and Lauren is a hero of mine because she was working on her PhD and JD at Harvard while writing the first few books of the series.

I picked up a several of great books that I'm excited to read including adding two authors to my to-read list. I picked up The Dark Enquiry by Deanna Raybourn. She's a semi-local writer, so I always like to support that.

I also picked up a book of poetry called The Darkroom by Jazzy Danziger, another UVA MFA graduate.

Every year the festival gets bigger and better. I'm excited to see who will be featured next year.

*There are also loads of downsides to living in a university town, like the doofy UVA law school students screaming their lungs out outside my window at 3am on Saturday night. Pink polos, cigars & screaming curse words in my relatively quiet development. I could do without that aspect of university town life.

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