Virginia Festival of the Book Announces Keynote Speaker and Community Reading


Virginia Book FestivalThe Virginia Festival of the Book has announced two headlining speakers for the upcoming hybrid festival taking place March 16-20.

Traci Chee’s We are not free, a National Book Award finalist book for young readers, is the 2022 Jefferson-Madison Regional Library Same Page Community Read selection. The 2022 Festival will feature Chee in two public events and a school event, discussing the title Same Page as well as its new release, A thousand steps into the night, a Japanese-influenced fantasy brimming with demons, adventures, and plans gone wrong.

Chee is a best-selling, award-winning author of books for young people. When not writing, she enjoys hiking, painting eggs, gardening bonsai and hosting game nights for family and friends. She lives in California with her speedy dog.

Dr. Imani Perry will be the 2022 Carol Troxell reader with her captivating and incisive new book, From the South to America: A journey under the Mason Dixon to understand the soul of a nation. Originally from Alabama, Perry returns to the region of his upbringing in this book, crafting a narrative of the real people and places that make up what we abstractly think of as the South, ultimately revealing the profound truths and definitions they hold. of the American past and gift.

As Carol Troxell Reader 2022, Dr. Perry will be featured in the public lineup of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book.

“We are thrilled to announce Dr. Imani Perry as our 2022 Carol Troxell Reader and to offer this additional honor in recognition of the breadth and significance of her work,” said Jane Kulow, Virginia Festival of the Book. Director. “As a scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, and author of creative non-fiction, his books have reached academic and public audiences and received numerous prestigious awards. We can’t wait to hear him read from the South to America in March. I think Carol would be delighted with this choice!

Pery, author of From South to America, holds the Hughes-Rogers Chair in African American Studies at Princeton University, where she also teaches Gender and Sexuality Studies, Law and Public Affairs, and Jazz Studies. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she lives outside of Philadelphia with her sons.

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