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Virginia Festival of the Book to be held in March

The Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities, will be held March 13-26, 2021 virtually both on Zoom and Facebook Live.

All virtual events are free, said a press release, and purchasing authors’ books is not required, but is encouraged.

Headlining speakers this year and their books are: Ayad Akhtar, “Homeland Elegies”; Kerri Arsenault, “Mill Town”; Catherine Coleman Flowers, “Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret”; John Grisham, “A Time for Mercy”; Vashti Harrison, “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.”

Also, Judith Heumann, “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist”; Luisa A. Igloria, “Maps for Migrants and Ghosts”; Ian Rankin, “A Song for the Dark Times,” and Jacqueline Woodson, “Before the Ever After.”

In partnership with the National Book Foundation, the festival will present three honorees of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. They are Rumaan Alam, author of “Leave the World Behind”; Me...

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