Friday, March 18, 2011

On My Way to Virginia

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

Thanks so much for all of your congrats and well wishes. I feel so loved :)

I don't have much time to write today because I'm on my way to one of the best book festivals on the East Coast, The Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia. Besides the fact that it is going to be 80 degrees today in Charlottesville, I'm just thrilled to have been invited to participate for the second time. Charlottesville has such an amazing community of truly eager readers, I feel like a rock star when I'm there. If anyone lives in the area, please come out and say hi. You won't be disappointed.

That being said, this year I'm going to sneak away from the literary festivities for a hot second because I want to visit Thomas Jefferson's Monticello which is in the area. Now, while I am mildly interested in seeing Jefferson's architectural wonder, I'm more interested in hearing about the slaves kept at Monticello, as well as the mysterious Sally Hemmings. Has anybody visited Monticello before? Any tips for what I must see? I'm listening.

I hope everyone else has a fabu weekend.



rhapsodyinbooks said...

I still have not gotten through "The Hemingses of Monticello" by Annette Gordon-Reed but I guess it's the book to go to for info on Sally Hemmings. I tried to go to Monticello once and the line was so long I gave up. But if I had had a book with me, I would have been fine, so that's my tip: take a book! :--)

Hope you have fun at the Book Fest!

LT said...

Ha! Sadly, we never made it to Monticello so I think I'll read Gordon-Reed's book instead.