>I only made it to one panel today at the Virginia Festival of the Book despite having several events circled on my schedule. It was a good one, entitled Extraordinary Journey’s, with three novelists I hadn’t heard of. Each one talked a little about his or her own story and then read briefly from the books that brought them to the Fesitval. First was Rodes Fishburne, whose book Going to See the Elephant is about a writer in San Francisco. Then there was Domnica Radulescu, who talked about her novel, Train to Trieste. Last was Susan Gregg Gilmore and her novel Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. All three authors were quite engaging and I enjoyed the readings. (The space at Barnes & Nobel that is used for these readings was filled to over-flowing, which seemed like a good sign.)

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