Portsmouth native Richard LaMotte to appear at sea glass festival in Virginia Beach, Oct. 12 & 13, to sign copies of his book, "Pure Sea Glass."

Portsmouth native Richard LaMotte to appear at sea glass festival in Virginia Beach, Oct. 12 & 13, to sign copies of his book, "Pure Sea Glass."

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 jwjones@hampton.gov. 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 jwjones@hampton.gov.

 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 mjshalom@widomaker.com


Saturday, Oct. 19

Chesapeake Bay Writers presents "The Published Life: What a Small Publisher Wants."