As usual, there are lots of choices in and around Hampton Roads this week for those who want to attend poetry readings or other events.
On Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m., Poquoson’s Bill Glose and Claudia Gary from the Washington, D.C. area will be the featured readers for this month’s “Poetry at the Crossing.” Glose is a former paratrooper and Gulf War veteran whose titles include “Half a Man” and “The Human Touch.” Gary, an award-winning poet, is the author of “Humor Me.” The event, which is free and open to the public, is at The Coffeehouse at the Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center, 5251 John Tyler Highway, routes 199 and 5, Williamsburg. Information: 757-220-2654.
Saturday, June 21, Poet Laureate of Virginia Sofia Starnes will host a reading from her recently released “The Nearest Poem Anthology.” The collection resulted from a months-long call for poems that had meaning to readers across the state. Several contributors will be on hand to read their selections. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Prince Books, 109 E. Main St., Norfolk, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Talks/Book Signings
At noon on Wednesday, June 18, the Hampton History Museum’s “Lunch in Time” program presents Alice Matthews Erickson, author of “A Chronicle of Civil War Hampton, Virginia: Struggle and Rebirth on the Home Front.” Information: 757-727-1610 or go to hamptonhistorymuseum.org.
Also on Wednesday, Reiny Pierson of Virginia Beach will sign copies of her new release, "The Confessional," at 6:30 p.m. at Murphy's Irish Pub, 2914 Pacific Ave., in Virginia Beach. If you miss it, you can catch up with Pierson on Saturday, June 21, noon, at Buffalo Wild Wings in Red Mill Commons, 2133 Upton Dr., Suite 100, Virginia Beach. "The Confessional" is a mystery/thriller about a psychic who purchases an old confessional booth and the murderer who's been confessing his crimes in the booth and goes on a frenzied hunt to locate it.
Peninsula author J. Roy Vorhauer will celebrate the release of his second book, “Undaunted,” with a pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Sammy’s Pancake House, 7129 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg. According to an email from the author, “A free pancake breakfast will be provided with each book purchased.” "Undaunted" is the second in a planned trilogy that chronicles the struggles of an interracial couple in the 1970s. Information: 757-719-9981.
Tuesday, June 24, David Perry of Yorktown will speak to the Yorktown Book Club about his thrillers featuring a pharmacist embroiled in international intrigue. The first in the series, “The Cyclops Conspiracy,” was Perry’s debut novel and was nominated for a Library of Virginia Award in 2013. Book two, “Second Chance,” was released in 2013. The final chapter, tentatively titled “The Cyclops Revenge,” has an expected release date of late 2014. The talk is at 10 a.m. at the York County Public Library, Yorktown branch, 8500 George Washington Memorial Highway. It is free and open to the public.
Price can be reached at 757-247-4745 or email@example.com.