2016 VA Festival of the Book!


I’ve been so busy this week I looked up last night and thought, “Crap! I forgot to write a blog Monday!” Better late than never. It’s good to be busy if it’s worthwhile. And what I’ve been up to is beyond worthwhile. I’m thrilled and honored to be taking part in this year’s Virginia Festival of the Book! From March 16th to 20th (that’s next week!) thousands of authors and readers will descend on our fair town. And I’ll be helping out with two upcoming events. Join us won’t you?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 12pm
Barnes & Noble, Barracks Road Shopping Center

I’m nervous as hell, but I’ll be moderating my first-ever panel as part of the book festival! Three world class authors will attend to discuss their books which all revolve around the topic, “How to Eat in the South”. Thomas Head (Greens)Bridgette Lacy (Sunday Dinner), and Nicole Taylor (The Up South Cookbook) will talk about Southern food traditions and recipes from their cookbooks that will tantalize your taste buds. You can find all the details at this link. The authors will be available to meet you, answer questions, and of course sell and sign their books! How to eat in the South? Yeah, I’m pretty qualified to lead *THAT* panel. I think I can handle it. Better start practicing by chowing down on some collards over the weekend…

Friday, March 18th, 2016 at 2pm
New Dominion Bookshop on The Downtown Mall

Yesterday was a major highlight in my life. I talked with Chef Nora Pouillon, a pioneer in the farm to table movement. For 37 years Restaurant Nora in DC has implemented sustainable practices and in 1999 it became the first organically-certified restaurant in the US. Before the government even coined the term “organic” Chef Pouillon was working with farmers and creating her menus daily based on what was seasonal. Presidents and celebrities, including James Beard, have dined at her eponymous restaurant. Chef Pouillon remains an inspiration to all women in the food industry because at a time when most women didn’t work outside the home, she was running a successful restaurant.

Her book, “My Organic Life” tells her fascinating story. Chef Pouillon will read from it next Friday, March 18th at 2pm in New Dominion Book Shop as part of the 2016 VA Book Fest. Books will be available for purchase and signing. As a treat, I’ll broadcast my special episode on Monday, March 10th. Please join us. Chef Pouillon is one of the most fascinating women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Her passion and dedication to organic living is one to emulate.

Two great events. Four great books. I like this kind of busy…


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  • I hope to make it to the B&N event,

    • Jenée Libby


      Thank you so much! Hope to see you there 🙂