Virginia Festival of the Book will offer over 100 programs

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The annual "Virginia Festival of the Book" will feature writers on racism, climate change, crime and the opioid crisis.

The schedule for the March 20-24 festival includes more than 100 programs that are free and open to the public. The program of Virginia Humanities is celebrating its 25th year of bringing writers and readers together to promote books, reading, literacy and literary culture.

Renowned meditation teacher Ruth King will discuss racism, white supremacy and identity.

Other speakers include: Lisa See, author of "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" and "The Island of Sea Women," and Don Winslow, author of "The Force" and "The Cartel."

Beth Macy, a Roanoker and former Roanoke Times reporter, will be one of the speakers. She is promoting her latest book, "Dopesick," which is a bestseller about the opioid crisis.

The festival will be held in venues across Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Click here to see the lineup.

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