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Williamsburg Book Festival Announces Finalized Schedule

Williamsburg Book Festival in the Williamsburg Community Building, 2023 (WYDaily/Jillian Appel)

WILLIAMSBURG — The 2024 Williamsburg Book Festival has announced its finalized schedule for the Feb. 24 event.

This year’s festival will span two buildings — the Stryker Center and the Williamsburg Community Building — and begins at 10 a.m.

More than 40 authors and four publishers will be in attendance.


  • 11–11:45 a.m. — Laura Elliott, Young Adult author. Sponsored by: Pale Horse Publishing and The Williamsburg Library “Finding Story in Virginia: Hidden-history, unexpected heroes & some jaw-dropping twists”.
  • Noon–12:45 p.m. — Student Writing Contest awards (sponsored through the Williamsburg CommunitynFoundation)
  • 1–2 p.m. Keynote — Mollie Cox Bryan: “Imagining Eliza Hamilton.”  
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m. Poets Panel — Moderator: Ed Lull, Poets: Sofia Starnes, Ron Smith, Carolyn Kreiter- Foronda, Henry Hart, Luisa A. Igloria.

Elliot, a children’s author who writes historical mysteries for a young adult audience, will give a presentation at the festival, as well. She will also speak at all four middle schools in the Williamsburg-James City County area prior to the event:

Thursday, Feb. 22

  • 8:20 – 9:05 Hornsby Middle School
  • 12:50 -1:35 Berkley Middle School

Friday, Feb. 23

  • 8:30 – 9:15 James Blair Middle School
  • 12:50 – 1:35 Toano Middle School

The winners of the student writer’s contest


  1. “I Am” by Nhu-Lan Pho
  2. “A Winter’s Day Confession” by Lucy Loudon
  3. “Death in the Snow” by Alison Culpepper

High School

  • “Floating Star” by Jessica Query; Jamestown HS
  • “Better Together” by Ifeoluwa Osanya; Jamestown High School
  • “Who Am I Tomorrow” by Madison Thibault; Jamestown High School

Middle School

  1. “Sisters” by Hannah Shijo Hornsby Middle School
  2. “Old Man in Venice” by John Stewart Hornsby Middle School
  3. “Destiny” by Ashlie Chamberliss Berkley Middle School

The winners will be reading from their work and receiving their awards at the festival.

For more information, visit the official website.

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