Animals and Allegory Festival of the Book

Friday, March 20 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Rick Hodges, Johanna Stoberock, and Deb Olin Unferth will discuss their novels.

Rick Hodges (To Follow Elephants), Johanna Stoberock (Pigs), and Deb Olin Unferth (Barn 8) will discuss their novels and the power of animals and allegory in exploring philosophical and political themes. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event will be free to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“[To Follow Elephants] is a stunning debut novel that weaves the lives of wild elephants and people in a truly breathtaking journey.” —Clara Hume, author of the Wild Mountain Series

“In luminous prose, Stoberock has crafted a parable for our time, one in which the environment, community, and human empathy are central to understanding our world. It’s dark and creepy, but beyond the mud-caked veneer, the book shines like a verdant island of its own.” —Sarah Neilson, Literary Hub

“Ignited by her fiery wit and distinctive voice, Unferth’s novel uses one of America’s most valuable and overlooked institutions as fertile ground to raise questions around the truths people are fed and the ones they turn a blind eye to….If this novel isn’t a movement, it has enough heart to start one.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This event is part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.