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20th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book Kicks Off

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Dozens of venues in Charlottesville are hosting some literary leaders. Wednesday is the first day of the annual Festival of the Book, and this year the event is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The festival is sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The events feature local and national authors discussing their work and engaging their audience in some thoughtful discussion.

The New Dominion bookstore on the downtown mall hosted a talk called “Wars and Independence,” which featured three authors. The authors have all written historical fiction novels about the struggles involved in the beginnings of the United States.

Author Connie Lapallo, from Mechanicsville, is writing a trilogy chronicling the first women and children of Jamestown. She says she is honored to have the opportunity to share her love of history with others.

"The Foundation for the Humanities does a marvelous job of managing a lot of authors, a lot of events and locations, and it means a lot to all of us. We're really happy to be here. Every author that gets to speak at the festival is always very proud and very happy about that,” Lapallo said.

The talk also featured a book by Charlottesville author Peyton Lewis about the founding of Nashville, Tennessee.

The festival will feature more talks all day through Sunday. Most are free and open to the public.

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