The Virginia Festival of the Book is in its 21st year and will feature 400 authors from around the country, who will come to Charlottesville to take part in 200 programs from Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday March 22.
On this edition of The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with writer Erika Raskin. Erika grew up the child of Marcus Raskin (a human rights activist whom Dennis Kucinich called, "the dean of the American Left") and novelist Barbara Raskin. Her own first novel, Close, came out in October.
On The Spark, Martha Woodroof speaks with John Arnold, who went from grass, to pills, to shooting heroin. And then he went to Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge; where, at age 24, he's found a path to recovery.