Published October 25, 2023

Are you a lover of all things literature, and do you live in/around Charlottesville? If you check both those boxes, you definitely don’t want to miss our annual Book Bash! To learn what’s in store, watch this video invite from Festival of the Book and Center for the Book director Kalela Williams.

  • drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • a live jazz trio
  • live auction of fantastic bookish gifts and experiences
  • exclusive sneak peek of what’s on deck for the 30th annual Virginia Festival of the Book
  • readings by Festival speakers
  • a reveal of our most exciting headlining authors, featured events, and signature Festival artwork

Auction Items

In preparation for next week’s event, we’re excited to share a few details about the evening. Keep reading to learn about the entertainment and top live auction items.

Rare Book School Class in 2024

Rare Book School is a non-profit institute that provides  opportunities to study the history of written, printed, and digital materials with high-level scholars and professionals in the field. Many summer classes will take place in the newly renovated UVa Library, but partner institutions include the Free Library of Philadelphia, Newberry Library (Chicago), Princeton, Yale, and more! $1400+ value

Private Letterpress Instruction for Two

Learn core letterpress skills or delve into a specific project with expert guidance from Garrett Queen. Two consecutive days, scheduled at your convenience, with core materials provided.

Lunch with a Festival of the Book Author

This year, two of our 2024 Festival of the Book authors have generously donated their time to have lunch with a lucky Book Bash live auction winner. The two prizes include gift certificates for lunch for four at to-be-announced restaurants in Charlottesville and Richmond.

And More!

We also have prizes from the American Shakespeare Center, Unlocked History Escape Rooms, and more. The only way to see them all is to join us at the 2023 Book Bash: Reads and Reveals!

Live Music

Jazz vocalist Tina Hashemi sets the stage.

Tina Hashemi is a gifted jazz singer who recently graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied jazz vocal performance under Stephanie Nakasian and John D’earth. In her final year at UVA, as part of her Distinguished Major Project, she completed an album of originals and standards entitled Nobody’s Heart. Tina continues to perform regularly with her own band throughout Virginia at a variety of venues. Her pure, unaffected tone, her sense of swing, and her creativity as an improviser with big ears and stores of imagination has made her a favorite with some of the most advanced musicians in the Virginia/D.C. area. Paul Langosch, who played with Tony Bennet for decades, Daniel Clarke, who was KD Lang’s pianist, and tenor saxophonist Charles Owens are now colleagues and fans of the sweet sensibility she brings to classic jazz standards and the Great American Songbook.

We hope you join us in supporting the Virginia Center for the Book at the Book Bash next week! It’s sure to be a night for the books.


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