2018 WILLIAMSBURG BOOK FESTIVAL
Sally Stiles: [email protected] or Kathleen Jabs: [email protected]
On Saturday, October 6, four publishers and some 50 authors from up and down the Eastern seaboard will arrive in Williamsburg, Va. to meet readers and talk about their work. The 6th annual Williamsburg Book Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary Street in downtown Williamsburg. The festival is held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of An Occasion for the Arts.
The book festival is a juried event, becoming more competitive each year. The selection process offers festival attendees an assortment of professionally-presented, quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry for adults, young adults and children.
Book Festival Features Dr. William Kelso
Dr. William Kelso will sign books on Saturday afternoon, October 6. He will also give a presentation beginning 6:30 p.m. at the College of William & Mary Tucker Hall theater.
Dr. Kelso is the Director of Archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne. He holds a Masters Degree in Early American History from the College of William and Mary, a Ph.D. from Emory University, honorary doctorates in Philosophy, Archaeology and Science, and is a Fellow of
the Society of Antiquaries of London. In March 2012 Queen Elizabeth II named him “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, CBE.”
Dr. Kelso pursued early American historical archaeology while serving as director of archaeology at Carter's Grove, Kingsmill, and, for 14 years, at Thomas Jefferson's homes Monticello and Poplar Forest. In 1994 he began archaeological excavations for Preservation Virginia discovering the remains of the 1607 Fort at Jamestown.
Workshops & Presentations
Workshops, panels and presentations take place throughout the day in Stryker Center Room 127
10:30-11:15 What does it mean to be an African-American writer? featuring Myleah Kerns and Jacquelin Blackwell, professors at Thomas Nelson Community College along with other presenters.
11:30-12:30 Poet Laureates on Stage. Four Virginia Poets Laureates give dramatic readings of their work.
1:00-1:45 What is unique about Southern literature and Southern writers? with Shari Reynolds, chair of English at Old Dominion University and Dr. Richard Hodges, Director of Learning Resources for Thomas Nelson Community College
2:00-2:45 Making history come alive: the art of creative non-fiction with William & Mary professor Iyabo Obasanjo and Sally Stiles, author of the acclaimed memoir, Plunge!
3:30 - 5:30 TACL Reception for Dr. Kelso
6:30 Dr. William Kelso will sign books on Saturday afternoon, October 6. He will also give a presentation beginning 6:30 p.m. at the College of William & Mary Tucker Hall theater.
Four independent Virginia publishing companies—Pale Horse Books, Blue Dragon Press, Koehler Books and Blue Fortune Enterprises—will display their books and host their authors, editors, and publishers. For the aspiring author, submission guidelines will be available for each publishing house.