Book Festival Wrap Up

A letter from Virginia Humanities executive director Matthew Gibson

Books & Literature  •  News

Friends of Virginia Humanities,

On Sunday, we wrapped up our 24th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, the largest community-based book event in the mid-Atlantic, which draws tens of thousands to Charlottesville each March. Here are a few highlights:

Many audio and video recordings of Festival programs are available now on

I’m excited to share that the Festival has committed to a five-year goal of having at least half its featured authors represent diverse backgrounds by 2021. Identifying diversity in race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and other metrics, the percentage of diverse authors has grown from 10% (in 2015), to 20% (2016), 22% (2017), and now 29% (2018).

To help this dynamic programming grow and continue, please make an investment in Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Festival of the Book today.

Give Now »

Why give? Your support helps us not only reach the Festival’s diversity goal, but also ensure its long-term sustainability, allowing us to build the level of excellence our audiences have come to expect, and attract new audiences through the increased visibility that comes from recruiting tough-to-get, internationally-recognized authors.

We’re grateful to the authors, volunteers, audiences, community partners, sponsors, and staff who made this Festival possible, bringing the liveliest celebration of books and reading to the Commonwealth. And while the Book Festival staff catches their breath, I’m already looking forward to next year!

With appreciation,

Matthew Gibson