The Virginia Festival of the Book begins on Wednesday, March 16, and among the many panels, presentations, and discussions on the schedule are programs with ties to the University of Virginia Library.
Curator Molly Schwartzburg of the Small Special Collections Library will be moderating a panel on Major Twentieth Century Figures in Art and Literature featuring Nancy Princenthal, author of Agnes Martin, and Lesley Lee Francis, granddaughter of Robert Frost and author of You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost, discussing their writing and the impact of Martin and Frost on literature and art. The Library has a number of volumes by and about Martin, and the Small Special Collections Library contains extensive holdings on Frost, including early notebooks and poetical manuscripts, over forty letters mainly of the early period of his career, family papers, and about five hundred printed items: first editions, association copies, magazine appearances, books about Frost, Christmas cards, and ephemera. The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 16th at 2:00 in the auditorium of Harrison/Small.
Also taking place in Harrison/Small will be an illustrated lecture by Michael Suarez, director of Rare Book School (located in Alderman Library). The lecture, Literacy in America: Crisis and Hope, will examine the social and economic costs of low literacy levels in the United States.
In addition to the events described above, the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library hosts a full slate of programs over the course of the Festival.