The Virginia Festival of the Book has announced its four 2019 headline programs, which will feature some of the most acclaimed authors working in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, including a National Book Award finalist and other award-winners, as well as best-selling festival favorites from the event’s past two and a half decades.

The 25th anniversary festival, organizers said Thursday, will take place March 20-24 in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The annual Virginia Humanities program brings writers and readers together to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy and literary culture.

A signature program of Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Center for the Book, the five-day Virginia Festival of the Book’s mostly free events include author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more. The festival attracts audiences of more than 20,000 from more than 40 states each year, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually. To learn more, visit VaBook.org.

The festival is proud of its record of accessibility, affordability and inclusivity. Nearly all of its programs are free and open to the public without reservations, but some require