Posted by: Kristi Tuck Austin | October 15, 2010

The Virginia Literary Festival

In case you’re not aware, The Virginia Literary Festival is going on now.  Unfortunately, it ends tomorrow, but you can make it out to the last events.


The Virginia Literary Festival is a significant cultural event that celebrates books, educates readers and authors, promotes literacy, reaches out to youthful readers, and promotes Richmond, Virginia, as a literary hub.


Virginia Arts and Letters Live

Virginia actors read short stories by Virginia authors, accompanied by Virginia musicians.  Directed by Richmond author and actor Irene Ziegler.  Pat Carroll guest hosts and reads “The Happy Memories Club” by Lee Smith.  Tony Foley and Jill Bari Steinberg will read works by Robert Olen Butler and Belle Boggs. Musicians Kelly Kennedy, Andy Cleveland, and Rachael Blake will perform.

October 15, 7pm

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen

$20 per ticket; $15 for James River Writers members

Jacqueline Jones reads Unite or Die!: How Thirteen States Became a Nation 

Cardozo Award-winning author Jacqueline Jules, author of Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation, will read and discuss her book that delightfully depicts how the constitution was created.  The program is perfect for elementary school children and families.  For more information please call 808-646-4550.

October 16, 2 pm

Richmond Public Library, Main Branch

101 East Franklin Street, Richmond

Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt discusses Finding Thalhimers

Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt takes readers along on her quest to find the true story of her father’s family and their department store Thalhimers. Visitors will be able to have their book signed by the author, see objects and artifacts from Thalhimers stores, share memories and pictures, and sample the famous Thalhimers six-layer chocolate cake.

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration

The Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration honors authors from Virginia as well as works written about Virginia.  This year the awards will be hosted by best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Virginia native Lee Smith.

October 16

The Library of Virginia

If you do not have tickets to this event, you can still enjoy the works.  Stop by The Virginia Shop at The Library of Virginia and browse the wall of honored titles.  Talk to one of the booksellers about the events, and tell them thank you.

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