Blue Ridge Writers Book and Arts Fair

2018 Blue Ridge Writers Book and Arts Fair on Downtown Mall
From the beautiful UVA campus to an alternative history of the Russian Revolution, from the fiendish mind of a serial killer to a disturbing future dystopia, from New York Times bestsellers to children’s books by local favorites, the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club is excited to bring over forty authors, artists, and musicians to its annual Blue Ridge Writers Book and Arts Fair.
On Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at CitySpace on the Downtown Mall, the Blue Ridge Writers Book and Arts Fair will feature events for all ages, from preschoolers to middle schoolers, to adult memoirists and mystery lovers. This event is free and open to the public with music provided by ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and local folk group January Zero. The Fair is also proud to sponsor several local nonprofits including The Literacy Center, the African American Cultural Center, Writer House, and the Rotary Club.
Blue Ridge Writers Club is a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1918. The Chapter serves both aspiring and published writers in the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton, Lexington, and Waynesboro, and counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange, and Page.
The mission of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter is to support and stimulate the art, craft, and business of writing, as well as be an advocate for literary arts. For more information visit http://www.blueridgewriters.org

Schedule of Events:
11-11:30 am. Art Exploration For Young Children. Fall Craft for Preschoolers with Trudi Goodwin, Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist, and Pamela Evans, local preschool teacher and author of The Preschool Parent Primer. Books will be available for sale and signing. Small Conference Room
12-12:30 pm. Ready for adventure? Michael Thompson, author of the award-winning YA portal fantasy novel World of the Orb, will be reading from his new folkloric fantasy book, Winslow Hoffner's Incredible Encounters. Both books will be available for sale and signing. Small Conference Room
12:30-1:00 pm. Murder and mystery, if you dare! Betsy Ashton, author of the Mad Max Mysteries will be reading from her newest novel, Eyes Without A Face. Books will be available for sale and signing. Small Conference Room
12:30 pm. Music from the Charlottesville Municipal Band Clarinet Ensemble. Main Stage
1:00 – 2:00 pm. Families are complicated. Learn how to unravel the threads of your family history and weave them into a story. Educator and author Warren Groeger facilitates the workshop Putting a Face on Family History. Bring paper and writing tools. Warren will also do a short reading from his book Kati, Cara, and KT. Books will be available for sale and signing. Small Conference Room
2:00 pm. Music from the Charlottesville Municipal Band Flute Ensemble. Main Stage
3:00 – 4:00 pm. New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Dowling Taylor will discuss her books, A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons and The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era. Together they explore through biography the shifting prospects for African Americans from 1800 to 1920. Both books will be available for sale and signing. Small Conference Room.

3:00 pm. Music from January Zero. Main Stage


  • 100 5th Street NE
  • Charlottesville, VA 22902

Region: Downtown Mall Area

CitySpace is a city-owned meeting space managed by Charlottesville Tomorrow, on behalf of the City of Charlottesville. Our office is located here, in addition to the offices for LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. CitySpace is available rental to community groups, the general public, and private parties by reservation only. We offer a Meeting Room... more