Welcome to the Williamsburg Book Festival

a FREE event for Readers and Writers Celebrating Creativity!

Our 5th Year!

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Stryker Center

412 North Boundary Street
Williamsburg, Virginia

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2017 Festival

New York Times
bestselling author

Kathryn Aalto


Kathryn Aalto is landscape designer, historian, lecturer and a New York Times Bestselling author.

For the past twenty-five years, her focus has been on places where nature and culture intersect: teaching literature of nature and place, designing gardens, and writing about the natural world. She is the author of two books: The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (2015) — a People Magazine Best Pick in Nonfiction and a feature on National Public Radio — and Nature and Human Intervention (2011).

As a writer, she has a special interest in the geography of childhood and literary landscapes.

Reviews of her latest book and her own writing have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune. She gives keynote talks and lectures widely, both nationally and internationally, to arboretums, libraries, historical schools and garden and civic clubs on a range of topics including The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh, literature of nature and place and creative nonfiction.

The Book Festival includes:

Book Fair – 40+ nationally & regionally renowned authors
From children’s books to sports, from romance to self-help, from poetry to historical and contemporary novels, the Williamsburg Book Festival has exceptional offerings from cover to cover.

Workshops & Presentations
Workshops, panels, and presentations take place throughout the day in Stryker Center Room 127. Focused on both readers and writers, the workshops and presentations illuminate library resources for book clubs, the craft of writing, the music of poetry, and the mechanics of the book industry. (Please see details below,)

Comic Book Creation Demonstration
Laura Lee Gulledge designs characters and plots a story over the first few hours of the festival in an interactive demonstration of her process for creating a graphic novel. She draws the final comic as a printable-mini comic over the next few hours, asking passers-by for help with the dialogue and world-building details. The final mini comic will be posted on her blog and becomes part of her mini-comic library to be shared in future school workshops. 

Poets Laureate of Virginia
A special presentation from the Poetry Society of Virginia presents our current Poet Laureate, Tim Seibles, along with three past Poets Laureate, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Sofia Starnes, and Ron Smith, to the Festival for a lunchtime reading.

Publishers’ Alley
New this year: five independent Virginia publishing companies display their books and host their authors, editors, and publishers. For the aspiring author, submission guidelines will be at available for each publishing house. A panel discussion in the Workshop Room presents the road to publication through an independent publisher - what to submit, how to catch the editor’s interest, and what to expect in the process.

This is Your Free Community Event - Enjoy

2017 Workshops

Saturday, October 7




10:15 - 10:45

Book Club Support from the Williamsburg Regional Library


Andrew Smith

11:00 – 1:00

Poetry Society of Virginia presents Poet Laureates of Virginia

Featuring readings by:
  • Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda (2006-2008)
  • Sofia Starnes (2012 - 2014)
  • Ron Smith (2014 - 2016)
  • Tim Seibles (2016 - 2018)

Edward Lull

1:30 – 2:30

Publishers Panel - Regional & Boutique Publishers Looking for Manuscripts

  • Pale Horse Books – John Conlee
  • Cherokee McGhee Publishing – Greg Lilly
  • American History Press – David Kane
  • High Tide Publications – Narielle Living
  • Blue Dragon Publishing – Dawn Brotherton

Teresa Inge


2:45 – 3:30

Discovering Ancestral Roots & Transplanting Them for Future Generations
How to get started with genealogy research and how to turn those discovered names, dates and other facts into a family history memoir.



5:30 - 6:30

An Evening with Kathryn Aalto
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
@ William & Mary’s Tucker Hall

Kathryn Aalto



Spring 2017 #RainLit

In collaboration with Triangle Arts & Culture League, the Book Festival has created public literary art.


Want to see #RainLit?

Document your discovery of RainLit with a photo & #RainLit on social media.


City of Williamsburg

Francis St. – between Boundary and Henry

S. Henry St -  between Francis and Ireland

Prince George St – sidewalk behind the churches & at the Triangle Building

Jamestown Rd – sidewalk at Christian Science Reading Room & across from the College of William & Mary

Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center on Westover Ave.

Colonial Folk Arts on Bacon Ave.


New Town in James City County

Iron-Bound Gym

Guernsey Tingle Architects

The Corner Pocket

Nautical Dog


The Williamsburg Book Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Your support is appreciated.

The festival appreciates the generosity of our sponsors.



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The Festival is free & open to the public!

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2016 Program Book

• History • Ghosts • Biographies/Memoirs • How-To • Poetry • Cookbooks • Mystery • Romance • Fiction • Adventure • Children's • Self-Improvement • Young Adult Non-Fiction • Science Fiction • Fantasy • Military • Suspense • Travel



2017 sponsors

Thanks to:

  • Pale Horse Books
  • Triangle Arts & Culture League (TACL)
  • Chesapeake Bay Writers
  • Next Door Neighbors magazine
  • Cherokee McGhee Publishing
  • Old Point National Bank
  • An Occasion for the Arts
  • Williamsburg Area Arts Commission
  • York County Arts Commission
Pale Horse Books  
Next Door Neighbors magazine   WAAC  
Cherokee McGhee

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.