02/27/2019 Press Release from The Paramount Theater:

Charlottesville, VA - February 27, 2019: The Virginia Festival of the Book returns to The Paramount Theater on Wednesday, March 20 at 8:00PM with their program, An Evening with Festival All-Stars - Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani, and Douglas Brinkley.
In honor of its twenty-fifth anniversary this year, three of the Virginia Festival of the Book's most popular recurring authors-Lee Smith (Dimestore: A Writer's Life), Adriana Trigiani (Tony's Wife), and Douglas Brinkley (American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race) take the stage to share memories and swap stories, reflect on the evolution of all things literary in the past quarter-century, and discuss their own work, past, present, and future. Hosted by Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures). For additional details, please visit VaBook.org.  
The 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book did an exclusive interview with Adriana Trigiani where she discussed her current projects, her writing routines, and her favorite aspect of book festivals. "Any time I can see Lee Smith I'm thrilled. I love Margot Lee Shetterly--- and I'm a big fan of Douglas Brinkley --- so our panel will be pretty perfect." To read the full interview, click here.  

Tickets for this event are on sale now. Tickets may be reserved by calling The Paramount's Box Office at 434.979.1333, online at www.theparamount.net, or in person at the Box Office Monday through Friday from 10:00AM until 2:00PM.
About the Speakers: 
Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot, is a professor of history at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. Seven of his books have been selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism, and The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

Lee Smith, author of Dimestore, was born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Va., and began writing stories at the age of nine. She has written seventeen works of fiction and received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature, an Academy Award in Fiction, and the Southern Book Critics Circle Award.

Adriana Trigiani, author of Tony's Wife, is a playwright, television writer/producer, and filmmaker. She is the author of seventeen books and directed the film version of her novel, Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. Trigiani is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than one thousand students in Appalachia.