Williamsburg Book Festival will feature local and national writers

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Stephanie Storey, featured author at this year’s Williamsburg Book Festival, poses with her two novels.
(Courtesy of Mike Gandolfi)

WILLIAMSBURG – The Williamsburg Book Festival will host its annual event at the Stryker Center on October 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., where authors, publishers and readers will come together to celebrate the literary arts.

The Williamsburg Book Festival is partnering with An Occasion for the Arts, an organization created in 2013 to promote and support the art of composition in the Williamsburg area, to help organize the event.

This year, the festival will host a book fair that features more than 40 authors of national and regional renown. The festival will also include a “Publisher Alley” which will feature the Virginia publishing houses along with some of their books and the authors who wrote them. In addition, the festival will feature a variety of scheduled presentations and writers.

At 11:00 a.m., a panel will offer advice on how to improve a book club. Panelists will include former psychology professor Katheryn Lovell, veteran teacher Janice Leslie, Andrew Smith, Williamsburg Regional Library Readers’ Service Librarian, and Robert and Lisa Pike, Meetup Book Club co-hosts.

At 12:00 p.m., Virginia Poet Laureates Henry Hart, Ron Smith, Bill Glose and Sofia Starnes will join Ed Lull on stage to read their recent work.

At 2:00 p.m. Mike Krentz will discuss what it takes to write a book. Krentz received a classical degree in English from the University of San Francisco, an MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University. The former 7th Fleet surgeon teaches at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk and writes character-focused mystery and psychological novels and military fiction.

From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., featured author Stephanie Storey will be available to meet people. At 3:00 p.m., she will give a conference on artistic creation in fiction.

“The festival is a great centerpiece of the community. It spotlights many local Williamsburg writers and tries to promote literature in the area, ”Storey said.

Featured Author Stéphanie Storey

Stephanie Storey spent about twenty years researching her first novel, “Oil and Marble,” which has since been translated into six languages ​​and is in development as a feature film by Pioneer Pictures.

“Oil and Marbel talks about the rivalry between Leonardo Davinci and Michelangelo for five years. From 1500 to 1505 approximately. They both lived and worked in Florence, and they both hated each other. Storey said. “Leonardo is like the revered old master and Michelangelo is the unknown but rising young star. They hate each other and they compete with each other and I’m so happy that they hate each other because it is this rivalry that drove them to create two of the greatest masterpieces in all of Western history. “

Storey is also the author of “Raphael, Painter in Rome”, his second novel, which recently received a paperback on September 21, 2021. It was also picked up by Pioneer Pictures for a film contract.

“I love them [Pioneer Pictures]. I think their hearts and their vision are in the right place for this. They really care about encouraging the arts in schools and in education and in our lives. Storey said.

Storey holds a Fine Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has helped produce shows, including those starring Alec Baldwin on ABC, Arsenio Hall for CBS, and was part of The Emmy-nominated Writers’ Room on Sundance.

“I met some of the greatest artists and thinkers and that was really important to me as a person who writes about great artists in my novels,” Storey said. “It was great to be able to be backstage with great actors, filmmakers, writers and thinkers. To be able to be around them and see that they are indeed just people who have the same fears and concerns as the rest of us. “

In addition to the events scheduled during the festival, the event will also feature signed books of various genres: novels, poetry, inspiration, history, fantasy, memoirs and children’s books.

“As writers, we are sometimes locked into our own worlds. We’re all pretty introverted people who often like words better than other humans, ”Storey said. “We like to disappear into our own world and close the door, but when we have the opportunity to network and be around a community of writers and people who care about books and writing , it is one of the most valuable parts of a writing career. . “

The 2021 Williamsburg Book Festival will support Literacy for Life, which offers free tutoring programs, as well as employment support and health literacy classes for community members. Book Festival Patrons who donate to Literacy for Life during the Festival will have the opportunity to receive a free book donated by participating authors and speakers.

The festival is considered family-friendly and parents are encouraged to bring their children. For more information, people can visit the official Williamsburg Book Festival website.

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