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Virginia Festival of the Book

The Muse is proud to be partnering with the 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book on these amazing panels, reading and discussions:

3/15- Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race – A discussion with Regina Bradley, Adam Gussow, and Claudrena Harold, followed by a set of live music from The Blues Doctors.

3/19- Writing Women, Writing Resilience: Susan Abulhawa, Peace Adzo Medie, and Diane Zinna discuss their new novels and the irrepressible women whose stories they tell.

3/20 – *Be Holding*: With Ross Gay – listen to poet Ross Gay in conversation with Kaveh Akbar.

3/21 – Indigenous Poetry: Language as a Map Home – Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria and Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley read from and discuss their work exploring how language serves as a key and a map to the places and people that have been lost.

3/22 – O Wondrous World! Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil in Conversation – Authors Ross Gay (The Book of Delights) and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments) discuss their new books, collected essays devoted to their appreciation of ordinary wonders of the world, rendering them extraordinary.

3/22 – The Art of the Short Story: John Lanchester & Te-Ping Chen -John Lanchester and Te-Ping Chen discuss their new collections of short stories which grapple with questions of interpersonal connection, technology, ambition, and distraction, through a mixture of witty literary fiction, magical realism, and cultural criticism. 

Be sure to check out the full schedule of events at