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‘Rubyfruit Jungle’ author to headline Williamsburg Book Festival

Rita Mae Brown (Courtesy Williamsburg Book Festival/Mary Motley Kalergis)
Rita Mae Brown (Courtesy Williamsburg Book Festival/Mary Motley Kalergis)

New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown will visit Williamsburg this October to headline the city’s annual book festival.

Brown, a Virginia native, has written over 50 books, including “Rubyfruit Jungle,” “Venus Envy,” the Mrs. Murphy Mysteries, the “Sister” Jane Foxhunting Mysteries and her upcoming novel “Cakewalk.”

The festival, held Oct. 1 at the Stryker Center on North Boundary Street, will feature a book fair and workshops for aspiring writers, seasoned authors, and book clubs, according to a news release from the festival. 

Brown will be joined by over 40 local and regional authors, who will present a juried selection of books in multiple genres.

“Rita Mae has influenced many writers throughout the years,” Greg Lilly, founder of the festival said in the release. “There’s a movement toward discovering the talent in our own region. I look at the Williamsburg Book Festival as a ‘literary taphouse’ for readers to have a taste of the local books and stories being told here.”

The free festival will run from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1  at The Stryker Center, 412 North Boundary Street in Williamsburg. Later in the day, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., “An Evening with Rita Mae Brown” will be offered at Andrews Hall on the campus of William & Mary, also free of charge. For more information visit

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