Schedule of Events

10:00-4:00 p.m.

Meet the Authors & Publishers

11:00 am

Poets Laureate on Stage


What Should Your Child Be Reading?


Presentation By The Festival Headliner

3:00 - 4:00

Meet The Festival Headliner and Book Signing

Authors Presenting At An Occasion For The Arts Schedule

Several of our authors will be doing readings and presentations on Saturday and Sunday as part of the An Occasion For The Arts Live Performance Programming.

Stage locations will be announced closer to the festival.

Saturday 12:15 Stage Location: TBD

Patti Gaustad Procopi


Patti Gaustad Procopi is a former Army brat who lived all over the world before settling in Gloucester, Virginia where she and her husband raised three daughters. After retiring, Patti returned to her first love – writing. Her short stories have won prizes in the Golden Nib and the Keating awards.

TOPIC: How to use moments from your life to inspire your writing

Saturday 1:15 Stage Location: TBD

Christian Pascale


Christian Pascale graduated from Lafayette College Magna Cum Lauda with degrees in French and International Relations. He then went on to receive an M.A. in European Area Studies from American University in Washington D.C. and a Doctorat de l’université from La Sorbonne in Paris, France. For more than thirty years, he worked in both domestic and foreign assignments for the United States Government.

TOPIC: Poetry: Hiding the Complex inside the simple

Saturday 2:15 Stage Location: TBD

Sarah Glenn Marsh - Williamsburg Book Festival Youth Headliner

The Book Festival’s Youth Headliner, Sarah Glenn Marsh, is the author of 10 picture books and 7 young adult and middle grade books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah frequents the pottery studio, volunteers her time to sighthound rescue, and raises awareness about her autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like. Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and their tiny zoo of four rescued sighthounds, two birds, and many fish. Ninita’s Big World was an Amazon Best Book of 2019 The Junior Library Guild selected Dragon Bones: The Fantastic Fossil Discoveries of Mary Anning.

TOPIC: Things Seen and Unseen: invisible illness in Speculative Fiction

Sunday 1:15 Stage Location: TBD

Susan Williamson


Holding degrees from the University of Kentucky and the University of California, Davis, Susan Williamson is a former newspaper editor, college adjunct and extension agent. A native of Pennsylvania, she currently lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and works as a freelance writer, editor, novelist, and riding instructor.

TOPIC: Too little attention has been given to the many who lost loved ones in Afghanistan. I wanted to set part of Desert Trail in a bordering country and I am fascinated with Turkmenistan's Akhal Teke horses.


Sunday 2:15 Stage Location: TBD

David Reid Brown


David Reid Brown is an artist, pastor, and retired Navy Chaplain. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia State University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, and a Master of Elementary Education degree from Hawaii Pacific University.

TOPIC: Poignant reflections on loss and recovery during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina