Upcoming book launches offer food for the soul, and the stomach!

Southside author Tracey L. Moore describes herself on her website as “The Purposeful Poet” whose goal is to “encourage, uplift and inspire people to be the best they can be for Christ.” Moore’s first book, “Oasis for my Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Growth” is a compilation of  poems and other scripture-based writings likewise intended to “encourage, uplift, and inspire readers to become their best selves.” To check out a free sample, go to and click on the link to preview the first chapter.

To celebrate the book’s launch, Moore is hosting a signing on Sunday, April 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Afton Place, 86 Afton Parkway, Portsmouth. You can find more information about Moore and her works at

“Oasis for my Soul” is available for around $13 at online retailers.


If (like me), you like to snack on food while you’re devouring your favorite reading material, The Mariners’ Museum has a treat for you that is sure to please. This coming week, the museum is celebrating the launch of “Dishing Up Virginia: 145 Recipes that Celebrate Colonial Traditions and Contemporary Flavors” with a talk by author Patrick Evans-Hylton and a tasting of the book’s recipes by a dozen of our area’s top caterers. Tickets are limited, so for full details and to buy tickets, go to the events page at The Mariners' Museum's website.

Thursday, April 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive, Newport News

Cost? $25 per ticket


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