2018 Book Festival

A FREE event for readers and writers celebrating creativity. Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Stryker Center, 412 North Boundary St, Williamsburg, VA

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2017 Book Festival Highlights

The Williamsburg Book Festival (Oct. 7) celebrated its fifth year with a full day of authors, workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and New York Times best-selling author Kathryn Aalto at the Stryker Center. Aalto is the author of The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Lost Communities

Lost communities like Magruder, Lackey, Penniman, and Bigler's Mill had their residents relocated for the building of Camp Peary and the Naval Weapons Station. These were the parents and grandparents of the kids who went through the school integration of 1969 and 1970. Many of these stories will be lost with the passing of the people who lived them. The Williamsburg Book Festival, supported by the York County Arts Commission, is collecting names and transcribing the oral histories of locals, no matter their background.

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Our 2018 Headliner: Dr. Bill Kelso

Dr. William Kelso, author of Jamestown: The Truth Revealed, is the Director of Archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestowne. He holds a Masters Degree in Early American History from the College of William & Mary, a Ph.D. from Emory University, honorary doctorates in Philosophy, Archaeology and Science, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. In March 2012 Queen Elizabeth II named him “Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, CBE.” Dr. Kelso pursued early American historical archaeology while serving as director of archaeology at Carter's Grove, Kingsmill, and, for 14 years, at Thomas Jefferson's homes Monticello and Poplar Forest. In 1994 he began archaeological excavations at Jamestown for Preservation Virginia in search for the remains of the 1607 James Fort, thought lost to James River erosion. Kelso and his talented team of archaeologists, curators, and conservators soon discovered the lost fort. Today they continue to explore its mysteries.

The Williamsburg Book Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your support is vital and greatly appreciated. Williamsburg Book Festival, Inc. is formed exclusively for charitable and educational and literary purposes. Specifically, the organization hosts promotional and educational events, seminars and workshops that promote and support the craft of literary composure and the exposure of writers to the reading public.