This week in Charlottesville is the 15th annual Virginia Festival of The Book—five days of literary events to honor book culture and promote reading and literacy. This year 12th Street will be in attendance, so look forward to several postings from events. Jeffery Renard Allen will be reading from his new collection of short stories, Holding Pattern. David Baldacci, author of 16 novels, including Divine Justice, will discuss Italian wines. And if we’re lucky, we’ll get to discuss the novel American Rust with author Phillip Meyer.