SALEM, Va. —Organizers of the twelfth annual Virginia Festival of the Book (March 22-26, 2006) have announced that Robert Schultz, author of The Madhouse Nudes, will participate in the five-day celebration of literacy and literature produced annually in Charlottesville by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  Schultz, the John P. Fishwick Professor of English at Roanoke College, will read from his novel at the University of Virginia Bookstore on the UVa Central Grounds Friday, March 24 at 4 p.m.  His reading, with poet Vivian Shipley (Hardboot), is entitled “Man, Woman, and Words:  A Reading.”  The two authors will read work that explores the experience of being a body in the world.

Schultz’s novel The Madhouse Nudes, originally published by Simon & Schuster, is being reissued this spring in a paperback edition by Loess Hills Books.  Schultz is a prize-winning poet (Winter in Eden, Vein Along the Fault) and has received a National Endowment for the Arts award in fiction. 

Among others, former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Irish author Fintan O’Toole, and suspense writer Michael Connelly will appear. A special ticketed event. More information about VABook! 2006 can be found at the festival website,

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.