The 2nd Annual Ashland Book Festival

  • Maggie Haberman
  • Confidence Man
  • Jeanette Walls
  • Hang the Moon


Ashland Theatre Fri, May 6, 2022 7:00 PM
Zetta Elliott, Q&A with Michael Paul Williams
Ashland Theatre Sat, May 7, 2022 5:00 PM
Adriana Trigiani, Q&A Hosted by David Baldacci
Ashland Theatre Fri, May 5, 2023 7:00 PM
Maggie Haberman: In Person
Ashland Theatre Sat, May 6, 2023 6:00 PM
Jeannette Walls: In Person


We are proud to announce the second annual Ashland Book Festival on May 5 and 6, 2023.  Read Broadly, this year’s book festival theme, features American journalist and political analyst for CNN, Maggie Haberman on Friday May 5, and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jeannette Walls on Saturday May 6!

The Ashland Theatre is partnering with Fountain Bookstore for the Festival.  Tickets are on sale now!

Maggie Haberman is a senior political correspondent who joined The New York Times in 2015 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on Donald Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia. She was part of a team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2021 for coverage of the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus. She previously covered the Trump administration and continues to cover Donald Trump and politics in Washington.

She is the author of “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” a book about the world that shaped the former president and how he exported what he learned in New York into Washington.

Before joining The Times as a campaign correspondent, Ms. Haberman worked as a political reporter at Politico from 2010 to 2015. She previously worked at other publications, including The New York Post and The New York Daily News.

Jeannette Walls is the author of three New York Times bestselling books: The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses, and The Silver Star. Her first book, The Glass Castle, recounts her and her siblings' childhood spent in extreme poverty and chaos with parents who, despite their flaws, taught them to embrace life fearlessly. The Glass Castle was a New York Times bestseller for over eight years, was named one of the top ten books of the decade by Amazon, and has since been made into a movie starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

Walls's most recent book, Hang the Moon, was released March 28. "A rollicking tale...with hairpin twists and turns of its plot" (The Washington Post), this book follows charismatic and indominable protagonist, Sally Kincaid, as she navigates growing up and finding her place in Prohibition-era Virginia. Hang the Moon has been named a LibraryReads Pick for March 2023 and a Most Anticipated Book of 2023 by Oprah Daily, Elle, and LitHub!

Fearless in both her writing and her life, Walls is a gifted storyteller who continues to captivate audiences with her unique perspective on overcoming obstacles, confronting challenges, and pursuing a life of authenticity.