Lewisburg Literary Festival announces lineup, headlined by David Baldacci

The Lewisburg Literary Festival will again take place the first weekend in August. The 2024 festival will feature bestselling author David Baldacci, whose books have sold more than 150 million copies, published in 45 languages in more than 80 countries. David’s books include legal thrillers, suspense novels and stories for young readers. His first novel, Absolute Power, was adapted into a movie starring Clint Eastwood. David and his wife Michelle are passionate promoters of literacy. Their Wish You Well Foundation supports literacy efforts in the U.S. and David has testified before Congress on the subject.

Other headliners include Victoria Christopher Murray, author of more than 30 novels. Her current bestsellers, The Personal Librarian and The First Ladies, were co-written with Marie Benedict. With 3 million books in print, Victoria is one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors. Five of her novels have become Lifetime Channel movies, and The Personal Librarian has been optioned by Al Roker’s production company for a miniseries.

Also appearing at the festival is Patrick Bringley, a former security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Patrick’s book, All the Beauty in the World, is a one-of-a-kind story that weaves together a tour of the museum, bits of his autobiography, meditations on art and the people who make it, witty observations about people-watching, and gossipy tidbits about what goes on behind the scenes at the Met. His one-of-a-kind book has received enthusiastic reviews from the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, NPR and the European media, and is being adapted as a play.

All three authors will appear at Carnegie Hall on August 3. The prior evening, the Literary Festival will open with an appearance at the Lewis Theatre by Ronni Lundy, a writer specializing in Appalachian foods and culture. Her cookbook Victuals: An Appalachian Journey with Recipes, won the 2017 Book of the Year Award from the James Beard Foundation. Ronni logged 4000 miles in her Chevy Astrovan, collecting the 80 recipes that appear in her visually stunning book.

Tickets for all events are free, and available to reserve at www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com, and pickup is at the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The festival’s organizers suggest that it is important to get tickets early for the Lewis Theatre event, because only 200 will be available.

The Lewisburg Literary Festival has been celebrating literature and promoting reading in the region since 2012. Headliners appear onstage in casual interviews that prove revealing, entertaining and often humorous, followed by book signings that present opportunities to chat with the authors. Books are available from local bookseller A New Chapter at the events.The festival also features writing workshops, book sales by local authors, creative displays and hands-on activities for children.

Previous speakers have included Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle), Homer Hickam (Rocket Boys), humorist David Sedaris, poet Nikki Giovanni, Kathryn Stockett (The Help), Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants), Lynda Rutledge (West with Giraffes) and even basketball legend Jerry West (West By West).


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