Virginia Center for the Book invited to participate at National Book Festival

Bell El DeafoThe Virginia Center for the Book has been invited to participate in the 15th annual National Book Festival, held September 5 in Washington D.C. at the Walter Washington Convention Center.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are honorary chairs for the Festival.

The Center will host a table in the Festival’s Pavilion of the States, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional funding for Virginia is provided by National Endowment for the Humanities and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies.

Exhibits in the Pavilion salute the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. A brochure, “Discover Great Places Through Reading,” will be distributed with a list of 52 great reads and a map for kids. Virginia’s featured book on the brochure is El Deafo by Virginia writer Cece Bell, who received a 2015 Newbery Honor and the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for her book, a graphic memoir.

The Virginia Center for the Book is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
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