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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Melody Warnick

Blacksburg, VA

Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are (Viking, 2016), an exploration of the groundbreaking concept of place attachment. Described by Richard Florida as “an important book for so many people who are choosing their place to live,” This Is Where You Belong helps movers and stayers alike rethink the value of their community.

In her 15 years as a freelance journalist, Warnick has written for The GuardianAtlantic CityLabQuartzReader’s DigestO: The Oprah MagazineRedbookBetter Homes and Gardens, and many other publications. She and her book have been featured in the likes of TimeFast CompanyPsychology Today, Realtor.com, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. A chronic mover, Warnick managed to fall madly in love with her adopted town of Blacksburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Her favorite things include: Hamilton, libraries, quirky small towns, The Great British Bake-Off, pandas, Kate Atkinson, Richard Russo, Spotify, Evernote, zoos, bookstores, hiking, and food that involves sugar.

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