23rd Virginia Festival of the Book has officially come to a close, and what a festival it was! If you couldn’t make it this year to the magical, literary event, here’s what you missed. Each year over 20,000 readers come together to celebrate books and literary culture in “the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region.” From March 22-26, Charlottesville’s downtown was overrun with readers, writers, critics, and authors who participated in a plethora of events. There were more than 260 programs put on with the help of 200 community partners and over 400 exceptional speakers. Each day of the festival featured lectures, Q & A’s with authors, and interviews. There were panels of experts who spoke on subjects ranging from African American Heritage to writing exceptional stories, as well as book signings galore. There were even cooking demonstrations given by authors showcasing the talent from their cookbooks! You can check out some of the pictures from this year’s festival here, as well as a selection of sound bites if you want to catch up on an event you missed. Though the festival has closed its doors for the season, the local bookstores of Charlottesville certainly haven’t! If you or your loved one is a bibliophile, might we suggest a trip to Charlottesville downtown pedestrian mall to check out some truly amazing local bookstores like Daedalus Used Bookshop, Blue Whale, and New Dominion Bookshop. Oh yeah, and next year’s dates have already been announced for March 21-25, 2018. Mark your calendars!