CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Virginia Festival of the Book has announced four new headliner programs that will feature several speakers.
This is the 25th year for the festival, which is a program of Virginia Humanities, promoting books, reading, literacy and literary culture.
The first program is called History Embodied: Public Monuments and Power.
It will be held March 20 at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center with Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Belammy and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who will talk about their experiences as elected officials and looking at the history presented by public monuments in their cities.
Gregg Kimball, the co-chair of Richmond's Monument Avenue Commission, will moderate this event.
The second event is called An Evening with Festival All-Stars: Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani and Douglas Brinkley.
It will take place at the Paramount Theater on March 20, bringing back three of the festival's most popular recurring authors.
The authors will share memories and stories, reflecting on the evolution of everything literary for the past quarter of a century as well as their own works.
This event will be hosted by Margot Lee Shetterly, the writer of “Hidden Figures.”
On March 21, an event called All of Our Rights: America's Legacy of Inequality will be held at the Paramount Theater.
Carol Anderson, Michael Eric Dyson and Martha S. Jones will talk about their award-winning works that have focused on American rights, racism and resistance.
Topics will include the Civil Rights Movement, voter suppression, and birthright citizenship.
It will be moderated by Jamelle Bouie, a columnist for the New York Times Opinion pages and political analyst for CBS News.
The fourth event will take place March 23, again at the Paramount Theater.
It's called Future Tense: Writers You'll be Reading for the Next 25 Years and will feature Mitchell S. Jackson, Jose Olivarez and Sarah Smarsh.
They will talk about their works looking into social and political issues in America, with Carlos Lozada, a nonfiction book critic for The Washington Post, as moderator.
The festival will take place March 20 through 24 at various locations around Charlottesville.
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