Beth Macy (submitted photo)

Beth Macy
(submitted photo)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ Best-selling author Frances Mayes and Virginia journalist Beth Macy are among the speakers for the 21st annual Virginia Festival of the Book. Macy is a former Roanoke Times columnist. Her most recent book, Factory Man, is about the Bassett family and furniture industry in Southern Virginia. The festival will be held March 18 to March 22, 2015, at a variety of locations in the Charlottesville area. The Daily Progress ( reports that Mayes is scheduled to speak March 19 at the festival’s luncheon at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel. Tickets are $60. Macy will speak March 18 at the Leadership Breakfast at the Omni. Tickets are $40. Authors Kate DiCamillo and Karin Slaughter also will speak at featured events during the festival. Tickets will go on sale online at 9 a.m. Thursday at

WFIR staff writer Velvet Hall contributed to this report.