Not included: Garden of books.
Calling all bookworms: This one's for you. The Virginia Festival of the Book brings five days of literary goodness and a gaggle of authors to Charlottesville, Va., about two and a half hours from downtown D.C.
Everyone from poets to publishers and fiction to non-fiction writers will be around from Wednesday, March 21 to Sunday, March 25, for discussions, book signings, exhibits, meals and performances. An exhibit, "Bestsellers: Popular Fiction in America,
" runs throughout the festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, examining American reading habits from the late 18th century to today.
Raffles will award a hot air balloon ride, a custom website, a bookcase with books and the Bond Experience (free tuxedo, martini glasses, and a signed book by Jeffery Deavers).
for each event and include luncheons, book readings and panel discussions, with speakers such as Peggielene Bartels
. Put items in your book bag
(your own customizable schedule) and you'll be one organized bookworm, ready to take on any adventure.