Take a look at the coming week's Hampton Roads literary events.
Saturday, Oct. 12
Richard LaMotte - author book-signing
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
North American Sea Glass Festival
Virginia Beach Convention Center
1000 19th St., Virginia Beach
Portsmouth native returns to Tidewater to sign copies of "Pure Sea Glass, Discovering Nature's Vanishing Gems" (Sea Glass Publishing). Stop by the Sea Glass Publishing booth, both days, to get your book signed. If you have samples of sea glass shards, LaMotte is often happy to take a look and help you identify your treasures, according to publicist Nancy LaMotte. Copies of the book will be available for purchase as well.
From the publisher's website: "This definitive reference for beach combers explains the science of sea glass and the history of glass manufacturing. Pure Sea Glass will delight anyone who loves the shore or wants to learn more about antique glass bottles and tableware. Extensive chapters aid identification, explain the unique weathering process that creates frosted gems from fragile shards, and how to find the best pieces. The exquisite photography by Celia Pearson brings to light the sheer beauty of these unique shoreline treasures."
John E. Lamar - author book-signing
1 to 3 p.m.
Blue Crab Books
7330 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown
In "The Tabernacle Furniture, The Lord's Feasts and The Armor of God," 2nd ed., Lamar suggests that God uses these three sets of to convey the same underlying message. From a press release: "As the Bible is timeless, so too is the message that God wants to communicate to His people."
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Ekphrastic Poetry Event
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, running through Saturday, Nov. 23.
Charles H. Taylor Arts Center
4205 Victoria Blvd., Hampton
In conjunction with the center's current exhibitions, "Small Works: Miniatures by Hampton Roads Artists Exhibition" and "Plein Air 757," poets are "invited to write an ekphrastic poem inspired by one of the artworks in the exhibition," according to a news release.
To participate, poets may photograph the art or work in the galleries (dates mentioned above). The center is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
When the poem is completed, send as an email attachment to James Warwick Jones, Gallery Manager, at email@example.com. Please use at least a 12-point font, and use a Microsoft Word-friendly format.
With the artists' permission, poems will be posted adjacent to the artwork, and will also be compiled into a booklet. In addiiton, the center will host a reading for the poems on Sunday., Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m. at the center.
For information, contact Jones at 727-1490, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, Oct. 17
The Poetry Society of Virginia presents Poetry at the Crossing
7 to 9 p.m.
Williamsburg Crossing Shopping Center
Located at the intersection of Highways 199 and 5, Williamsburg
Guest poets: Greg Donovan and Henry Hart
Hosted by Mary Haines. Contact Haines at email@example.com
Saturday, Oct. 19
Chesapeake Bay Writers presents "The Published Life: What a Small Publisher Wants."
In this free workshop, learn the pros and cons of working with a small press, how to find one, and what the publisher will expect from you following publication. A pitch session will follow the presentation. To participate, please bring the first two pages of your work, novel synopsis or query letter. The worshop begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m., and takes place at the Tabb Library, 100 Long Green Blvd. in Yorktown.
Questions? Call Narielle Living at 320-6059.
Peninsula READS Ride for Literacy
Peninsula-based literacy program Peninsula READS is hosting its second annual Ride for Literacy on Saturday, Oct. 19 (rain date Sunday, Oct. 20). From the organization's website: "Enjoy a ride through Virginia's scenic Middle Peninsula, while benefitting Peninsula READS! The ride will start at Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson, located at 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy. Rt. 17, Yorktown,, and end at CoCoMos in Deltaville.
Cost is $15 per rider, $10 per passenger; cash or check accepted. Check-in is at 9 a.m., last bike out at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 283-5776 or go to penreads.org.
The 11th annual James River Writers Conference kicks off with a day of pre-conference master classes on Friday, Oct. 18. As of this writing, half the classes are full. Check the conference page for availability.
From the website: "Join us in Richmond for the 2013 James River Writers Conference to pitch your project, improve your craft, and meet fellow writers. Speakers include award-winning book designer and author Chip Kidd, National Book Award-winner Kathryn Erskine, best-selling and award-winning author Christopher McDougall, award-winning authors Cece Bell, Lydia Netzer, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and Philippa Ballantine, Book Doctors Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, founders of Pitchapalooza, and agents April Eberhardt, Deborah Grosvenor, Victoria Skurnick, and Paige Wheeler."
For information, go to the conference page
Sunday, Oct. 20
The Williamsburg Poetry Guild - book signing
12 noon to 2 p.m.
William & Mary Bookstore, DOG Street, Williamsburg
Members of the Williamsburg Poetry Guild will be on hand on Sunday to sign copies of their new anthology, "Gilded Hours," and to talk about their works. From a release: "'Gilded Hours' offers rare insights into these poets' lives, aspirations, struggles, joys, fears, and whimsies. It is dedicated to the memory of Andrea Rawson, a friend, poet and Guild member who died last year."
Past-president Philmene Hood, who is also one of the book's contributors, will be celebrating more than the book's release; she'll be celebrating her 98th birthday at the event. (Yes, cake will be served.)