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2 headlining speakers named for Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities, has announced two headlining speakers for the upcoming hybrid festival, which will be held on 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 one school event, discussing the Same Page title as well as her new release, “A Thousand Steps Into Night,” a Japanese-influenced fantasy brimming with demons, adventure, and plans gone awry.

Dr. Imani Perry will be the 2022 Carol Troxell Reader with her new book, “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation.” An Alabama native, Perry returns to the region of her upbringing in this book, crafting a narrative of the real people and places that make up what we abstractly consider the South, ultimately revealing the deep-seated truths and ...

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