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Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page P02

STORYTIME, WRIT LARGE. Charlottesville will be lousy with literary types for the huge annual Virginia Festival of the Book ( Mar. 16-20), from the folks who brought you Botswana detective stories (Alexander McCall Smith) and sex crime thrillers (Linda Fairstein) to children's authors and illustrators. Workshops for young writers, literary agent roundtables and appearances by Baltimore's Laura Lippman and the New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell are slated for the event.

Most events free; some require tickets. Times and venues vary. About two hours from the Beltway in Charlottesville. 434-924-6890, www.vabook.org.

-- Anne McDonough

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