A literary smorgasbord, the seventh annual Blue Ridge Bookfest will host a variety of sessions exploring the art and business of the written word. Although much of the festival’s programming is open to the public, tickets for the event’s keynote speech and interview with Joe Galloway — longtime military correspondent and author of We Were Soldiers Once … And Young — will cost $25 per person, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and a book-signing reception. Free events include dozens of mini-presentations by individual authors, several literary workshops (“How Graphic Art, Cover Design and Promotion Stimulate Book Sales,” for example) and other exhibits. Blue Ridge Bookfest takes place from Friday to Saturday, April 24-25, at Blue Ridge Community College. Visit blueridge.edu/blueridgebookfest for the full calendar of free and ticketed events. Photo of Galloway courtesy of the author
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