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Festival of the Book at McGuffey! One Saturday, Three Panel Talks!

McGuffey Art Center is thrilled to serve as a new venue for the 24th Annual Festival of the Book, a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities that includes more than 80 venues across Charlottesville. McGuffey will be hosting three panels featuring artists, writers, and graphic novelists on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

One panel added by McGuffey focuses on the exhibition Books as Art & Art for Books, a McGuffey-curated show on view in the Upper Hallway Gallery through Sunday, April 1, 2018. All talks will take place in the Main Gallery (Sarah B. Smith Gallery) and are free and open to the public. The authors will be present for a book signing following each panel presentation.

The Saturday Panels at McGuffey for the Festival of the Book are as follows:

• 12:00-2:00 pm: Short Fiction with Long-Lasting Effects: Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties) and Eric Puchner (Last Day on Earth), both of whom write about domesticity, dystopia, and fantasy, injected with questions of gender and sexuality. Moderator: Allison Wright, executive editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review.

• 2:00-3:30 pm: Art of Storytelling: Graphic Novels and Illustrated Works for All Ages: Marguerite Dabaie (The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories), McGuffey Member artist Laura Lee Gulledge (Sketchbook Dares), and Gareth Hinds (POE) discuss their graphic novels and other illustrated works as well as the role of visual art in storytelling. With M.K. England, Charlottesville-area author and young adult librarian, as Moderator.

• 3:45-5:00 pm: Books as Art & Art for Books: Visual artists Bob Anderson, Lyall Harris, and Julia Merkel will discuss their book-related works displayed in the exhibition. Moderator: Exhibiting artist L. Michelle Geiger.

Additional artists in the Book as Art show include: Arnaud Boudoiron, Polly Breckenridge, Hannah England, Rebekah Graves, Lotta Helleberg, McCrea Kudravetz, Terri Long, Judy McLeod, Heather, Owens, Charles Peale, Kate Samworth.

The Festival of the Book is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region, offering more than 250 programs and attracting more than 30,000 attendees. The Festival brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture over five days in Charlottesville, Virginia, each March. 2018 Festival dates are March 21-25. For more information on the Festival of the Book, visit