Here's a sampling of upcoming literary events in the next few weeks (in date order).
Thursday, November 7
Amy Waters Yarinske, author of “An American in the Basement: The Betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the Cover-up of His Death,” will appear at the Virginia Beach Forum honoring local World War II veterans. The forum, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held at the Sandler Center for the Arts located in the Virginia Beach Town Center, 201 Market St. For more information, go to vabeachforum.com.
The Friends of the Smithfield Library will hold a public book sale from Nov. 7-9 at its branch at 255 James Street. Look for bargains beginning at $5 a bag.
Sale hours are:
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – 2 to 5 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 8 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 9 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Call 357-4612 or 357-2264 for details.
Friday, November 8
An Afternoon with Sonia Sanchez" will be presented by the Hampton University Department of English and Foreign Languages from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Armstrong Hall's Little Theater on campus.
Sanchez, a poet, activist and scholar with multiple publishing credits including books and plays, has received both the Robert Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime service to American poetry, and the Langston Hughes Poetry Award. According to a news release, the event will be "an "intimate reading by one of the most important writers of the Black Arts Movement."
The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, November 9
Gloucester resident Roger Loring will sign “Why Men Don’t Ask for Directions,” his book of humorous essays, on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Gloucester County Public Library at 6920 Main Street, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the Gloucester Friends of the Library, and Loring will donate a portion of his proceeds to the organization.
Toano author Marie Colin will be at Ethereal Cupcakes and Coffee Shoppe in Hampton on Saturday afternoon to sign copies of her book “Waiting for the Sun.” From a press release: “We all face hardships and stormy seasons; we all seek to escape reality and find sunshine in various ways. Be inspired by Marie as she spends over twenty years standing in the pouring rain of disillusionment and discontent, Waiting for the Sun.” The signing runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Ethereal Cupcakes is located at 3150 Allainby Way in Hampton.
Sunday, Nov. 10
Poet Michal Mahgerefteh will read from her new poetry collection, "What's Left Behind" (2nd edition, 2013), on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Congregation Beth El library, 422 Shirley Ave., Norfolk. Call 625-7821 for information.
Author Marie Chu will read her new children’s book “Marmion the Marshmallow,” during a special Family Storytime at the Williamsburg Regional Library on Sunday at 2 p.m. A book-signing will follows. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. The library is located at 515 Scotland Street.
The 5th Annual Jewish Book Fair will run from Nov. 10-15 at the Jewish Community Center, 2700 Spring Road, Newport News. Special events include:
- Sunday, 1 p.m.
Afternoon tea and desserts with Deborah Feldman, author of “UNORTHODOX, the Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots.”
- Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Hump Day Party (adults only) – Enjoy wine, cheese and acoustic guitar music as your shop for books.
- Thursday, 9 a.m.
Preschool breakfast/storytime with Anne Marie Pace, author of “Vampirina Ballerina,” “Never Talk to Strangers,” “A Teacher for Bear” and more. A light breakfast will be provided. Signed books will be available for purchase. The reading is for children of preschool age, but older children are welcomed.
- Thursday, 9 p.m.
Local Authors’ Night with Michael Malkin (“Complex: Prologue”), Emma Needham (“Mystery of the Missing Duck”), David Perry (“The Cyclops Conspiracy” and “Second Chance” and Barbara Smith (poetry selections). After a brief presentation, authors will sign copies of their books. Copies will be available for purchase. Call 930-1422 for information.
Thursday, Nov. 14
Jean-Christophe Castelli, associate producer of the Academy Award-winning film “The Life of Pi,” documented the making of the film in new book release “The Making of the Life of Pi: A Film, A Journey.”
From a news release: “Castelli was intimately involved with the project and has chronicled (director Ang) Lee’s seemingly insurmountable challenging of making the film….The book is a beautifully illustrated graphically compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a film that is destined to be a classic.” Castelli will present a free lecture his experiences on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., at The Mariners’ Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News. Members may reserve a seat by going here or by calling 591-7715. General admission seating will be available for non-members.
Friday, Nov. 15
Hampton author Ethel J. Block will sign copies of her children's story "Peter the Worm" from 1 to 3 p.m. at Aroma's, 431 Prince George Street in Williamsburg. Read more about the book here.
Saturday, Nov. 16
The Poetry Society of Virginia will hold a poetry workshop on “The Poetry of Refined Images” at the Hampton Roads Academy Library, 739 Academy Lane, Newport News. Planned events include a workshop on imagery with Michael Khandelwal, lunch ($10, pre-ordered), a reading by Michael Khandelwal, a short business meeting, and an open-mic reading (one poem during the first round, then open to additional works as time permits).
From a news release: “Evocative poems are built from strong, concrete images. After all, the world is full of delights for the senses. In this 2 hour session, we’ll work together on the practice of craft: refining sensory images of all varieties. We’ll deal briefly with visual images, but then spend the majority of our time building and tuning images that are often less prevalent in our early drafts—those of sound, touch, taste, scent, and balance. Join noted poet and teacher, Michael Khandelwal, in this creative session designed to get our images flowing on the page.” Pre-register by Nov. 12 by contacting Christy Lumm at 234-6256 or 884-9100, or by email to email@example.com (please put “PSV Poetry Workshop” in subject line).