Literary Art

2019 Williamsburg Book Festival

October 5 @ The Stryker Center (412 N. Boundary Street)


Melissa Palombi, University of Virginia, Author, Hoos in the Kitchen
Vikki Lynn Smith, Author, Summer of the Firefly 
Cindy McDonald, Author, Into the Crossfire


Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, former poet laureate, Commonwealth of Virginia
Kathy Smaltz, Prince William County poet laureate
Edward W. Lull, Life member, Poetry Society of Virginia. Author of six books of poetry
Bill Glose, Daily Press poet laureate. Author of Half A Man and The Human Touch


Dr. Barbara McLennan, Author, The Wealth of Jamestown
Jeffrey K. Walker, Author, None of Us the Same
Patricia Gray, Author, Petra, A Novel


Dr. Jonathon Stoltz, Author, Medicine from Cave Dwellers to Millennials
Ann Eichenmuller, Author, Kind Lies
Tom Benjey, Author, Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs

Williamsburg Regional Library Theater


Meet award-winning author Katherine Locke in the lobby outside the library theater.

Katherine is the author of the Young Adult novels The Girl with the Red Balloon and The Spy with the Red Balloon,
and the romance series District Ballet Company. She is also the editor of the Jewish YA anthology, It’s A Whole

Presentation by Katherine Locke in the library theater.

(The Book Festival and Williamsburg Regional Library are proving opportunities for Locke to also speak to students
in local public schools and at The College of William & Mary during the day on Friday.)

Publishers’ Alley

Peruse their publications and speak with editors from these fine companies:
Your Free Community Event

Our 8th year!

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of events in Virginia which continue to define America, this year we feature women authors, historical traditions, cultural diversity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Stryker Center, 412 N. Boundary Street

Meet Your Next Favorite Author and Discuss your Work with Editors from Four Independent Publishing Companies

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS throughout the day in the Stryker Center


Williamsburg Book Festival Sponsors

The Williamsburg Book Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Williamsburg Book Festival, Inc. is formed exclusively for charitable and educational and literary purposes. Specifically, the organization hosts promotional and educational events, seminars and workshops that promote and support the craft of literary composure and the exposure of writers to the reading public.   A recent project recorded the stories of displaced African-Americans living in Williamsburg during desegregation.

The new logo reflects the history of fine writing which formed our nation and our pride in Williamsburg, Virginia’s Colonial Capital, founded in 1699.   

It is with sadness that we share the difficult decision made by the AOFTA Board of Directors to cancel the 2020 An Occasion for the Arts.

This decision was made after weeks of careful deliberation about the challenging and evolving impacts of COVID-19, and was informed by the recently published Phase 3 Guidelines of the Governor of Virginia.

The free and un-gated access to the show simply would not allow us to provide the proper environment for safe physical distancing and adherence to the Governor's Guidelines. Health experts are warning of likely outbreaks this fall because of the strength of the virus and the lack of public compliance with rules about social distancing and other safety actions. We are confident this is the best decision to ensure the safety of artists and the safety of our community.

We will postpone the event until next year and plan to celebrate the 52nd An Occasion for the Arts on October 2 and 3, 2021.

All accepted artists to this year's show will be posted to this website ( in August 2020. We are considering holding a virtual event in the fall. More about this later.