Thursday's Poetry Night at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center takes a turn to the longer form of fiction this month. To celebrate the start of summer, several local novelists will share their favorite beach reads on Thursday, June 12:
•Award-winning author and Daily Press Features Editor Felicia Mason who writes stories of inspiration, romance and small-town America.
•Amazon.com and Wall Street Journal best-selling Terri Osburn from Virginia Beach whose "Anchor Island" trilogy follows the lives and loves of fictional Dempsey's Bar & Grill family on the Outer Banks.
•Former Chesapeake resident Elvy Howard whose debut novel, "Love on a Half Shell," takes place on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
•And yours truly, writing as Leah St. James, who pens stories of romance and suspense at the Jersey Shore.
Readings begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by an open mic for poetry, time permitting. The event is free and open to the public. Pfac is on the grounds of The Mariners' Museum Park, 101 Museum Drive. For information call 757-596-8175.
•Gloucester Arts on Main will host its monthly Poetry & Prose Open Mic reading on Thursday, June 12. The evening begins at 6:30 and is free and open to the public. Sign up to read at the door or call 804-824-9484. The gallery is at 6580B Main St., Gloucester County.
•The Saturday Poetry Series at the Williamsburg Regional Library at Norge concludes its 13th season on June 14 with readings by Henry Hart, Ed Lull, Vivian Teter, former Virginia poet laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and current Virginia poet laureate Sofia Starnes. Readings begin at 11 a.m. in the Kitzinger Community Room. 7770 Croaker Road, James City County. Information: 757-259-7770.
•In honor of Father's Day, Norfolk poet Tracey L. Moore will sign copies of her new collection, "The Exceptional Man: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great Relationships" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Gent's Men's Clothing Store, 880 Military Highway (Military Circle Mall). Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Civil War history? Two local author/historians will be at the Barnes & Noble in Hampton on Saturday to sign copies of their books: Alice Erickson, author of "A Chronicle of Civil War Hampton, Virginia; Struggle and Rebirth on the Homefront" and J. Michael Cobb, Edward B. Hicks and Wythe Holt, authors of "Battle of Big Bethel: Crucial Clash in Early Civil War Virginia." 1 p.m. Barnes & Noble, 5100 Kilgore Ave., Peninsula Town Center. Information: 757-827-1118.
Adoptive fathers might want to stop by the Newport News Barnes & Noble on Saturday as John Warley signs copies of "A Southern Girl," about an elitist Southern attorney and his liberal-minded wife who adopt a daughter from South Korea. Warley is a former area attorney and former chairman of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Barnes & Noble, Yoder Plaza Shopping Center, 12170 Jefferson Ave. Information: 757-249-2488.
Price can be reached at 757-247-4745.