VAFF 2020 The Good Lord Bird

Sunday, October 25 from 9:00am to 11:59pm

Ethan Hawke and James McBride will discuss the Showtime adaptation of The Good Lord Bird.

This virtual event is a part of the 2020 Virginia Film Festival. For more information about the virtual discussion (available beginning at 9:00 AM on October 25), visit the Film Festival website here.

Join us, the Virginia Film Festival, the Virginia Festival of the Book, and the UVA Bookstore for a virtual discussion of the Showtime series The Good Lord Bird.

Actor, writer, director, and four-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke will be joined by award-winning author James McBride for a conversation around The Good Lord Bird, the new Showtime series based on McBride’s book, in which Hawke portrays abolitionist John Brown. The conversation will also include Joshua Caleb Johnson, who co-stars in the series; executive producer and showrunner Mark Richard; and costume designer Amy Andrews Harrell. The conversation will be moderated by UVA media studies professor William Little and will be introduced by VAFF Advisory Board member Andy Edmunds. For more information, visit

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Read the Book! Order Your Copy Below

Shop local and support your community bookstore. Order your copy of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride from New Dominion Bookshop by filling out the contact form below. We will give you a call when your book is ready, and you will be able to pay for your order over the phone at that time. The cost of the book is $16.00 plus tax.

We are currently offering curbside pickup, local delivery (available for free within 8 miles of the shop), and shipping (normal rates apply). We are also open for limited browsing.

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This event is supported by New Dominion Bookshop, the UVA Bookstore, and the Virginia Festival of the Book and is part of the Spotlight on Virginia Filmmaking presented by the Virginia Film Office. James McBride Photo Credit: Chia Messina