On June 10, 1815, Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams "I cannot live without books ..."
Taking Mr. Jefferson's sentiments to heart, the Virginia Festival of the Book will open its 15th annual celebration in Charlottesville beginning March 16th, for 5 days. Some of the ticketed events are sold out, but there are numerous free lectures, panel discussions and presentations by authors, scholars and writers on a variety of fascinating fiction and non-fiction subjects. Some of the events we want to attend: chef, cookbook author and fellow Virginia innkeeper John MacPherson's cooking demonstration and discussion on Wednesday, March 16th at 6 p.m. at The Happy Cook, in the Barracks Road Shopping Center; former Monticello archaeologist, history professor and author Susan Kern's talk about her book The Jeffersons at Shadwell, an account of the daily lives of the Jefferson family at their ancestral home, on Thursday, March 17th at 5 p.m. at the Monticello Visitors' Center; and "Novels of Families: Eat, Laugh, Love", a panel discussion by 4 well-respected authors about their works, on Friday, March 18th at 4 p.m. at the New Dominion Bookshop, one of our favorite stores on the Historic Downtown Mall.
By the way, if you're attending the Festival and need a place to stay, call us -- we have a few rooms available, and you can still "book" one at off-season rates.