Join us for second annual Holiday Book Fair on Nov. 29

For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2023

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

Author Alicia Cahalane Lewis and Emily Kallick
Author Alicia Cahalane Lewis and Emily Kallick at the 2022 Holiday Book Fair.

Laurel Ridge has decided to write a sequel to its successful 2022 Holiday Book Fair. The college announces this year’s fair will be 4:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Corron Community Development Center on the Middletown Campus.

“We hosted our first Holiday Book Fair last year, and had a staggering 60-plus authors on hand to celebrate storytelling in the local community,” says development officer Andy Gyurisin. “This demonstrated to us that there is a strong desire for an event like this within the Laurel Ridge Community College footprint. So, we’ve decided to bring it back again this year.

“With an earlier start time, we hope to further engage students, faculty and staff, and book lovers alike to join us for a literary evening. Buying a book signed by one of your favorite authors not only gives back to the community, but also makes for a fantastic holiday gift.”

Authors can rent a table at the event for just $5. To learn more or sign up for an author’s table, visit For further information, contact Gyurisin at [email protected], or (540) 664-5027.


Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected]173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.