September looks to be a busy month for Hampton Roads writers and readers. Here’s a snapshot, so mark your calendars and watch for more information in the days ahead:
The Saturday Poetry Series at Williamsburg kicks off the season on Sept. 7, 11 a.m., at the Williamsburg-James City County Library at Norge. Scheduled to read are local poets Flora Bolling Adams, Elizabeth Urquhart, Wheston Chancellor Grove, Joanne Scott Kennedy, Joyce Carr Stedelbauer and Louise Sharer. The event is free and open to the public. Directions: Take I-64 toward Williamsburg; Take Exit 231A (Croaker Road toward Norge); Go ½ mile, the library is on the left. For information, contact Ed Lull at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Virginia Peninsula Literary Consortium has announced best-selling historical and military author Jeff Shaara will present an author talk and book signing on Thurs., Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at the Pope Chapel at Christopher Newport University (CNU). Tickets are free and will be available beginning Sept. 17 at the Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County public libraries, as well as the academic libraries at CNU, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College. For more information, go to thevplc.org/shaara-2013.
Pulizter-prize winning author/historian Dr. James McPherson will speak and sign books at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum on Tues., Sept. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. McPherson is the author of "War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies 1861-1865," as well as more than a dozen other books, most on the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. (The reservation deadline is Fri., Sept. 13.) The museum is located on the second level of Nauticus, 1 Waterside Dr., Norfolk. For information and to reserve your seat, call 322-3109. (This item added 8/29/13.)
Poetry at the Crossing resumes on Thurs., Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. Virginia's Poet Laureate Sofia Starnes and poets Serena Fusek and Mary Haines host a reading the third Thursday of each month at The Coffeehouse in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, located at the corner of Hwys. 199 and 5. Each month features a guest reader, and every third month an open mic every third month. September's meeting will feature open-mic readings. (This item added 8/29/13.)
The Friends of the Hampton Public Library are holding their Fall Used Book Sale Sept., 20-23, at the Hampton Main Library at 4207 Victoria Blvd. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A special preview day for members is scheduled on Thurs., Sept. 19. Donations of used books for the sale will be accepted at the Main Library before Sept. 17. (This item added 8/29/13.)
The 21st of the month presents a quandary for local authors and readers who want to enhance their writing skills or meet favorite authors. The following programs are scheduled:
- The Newport News Public Library System will host its Local Authors’ Day from 1 to 4 p.m. in the gym at the South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Drive, in Newport News. Scheduled to participate are Barbara Dudley, Paris Harris, Abdul Hasan, Tracey L. Moore, Michelle Nicole, Jerry Scicchitano, Tashaya Singleton, Susie Smith-Henderson and Leona Wisoker. (Moore is also signing copies of her book “Oasis for my Soul” on Sat., Sept. 14, at Heaven and Earth Bookstore in Hampton, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- The Williamsburg Book Festival’s inaugural event begins 9:30 a.m. at the Williamsburg Community Building, 401 N. Boundary St. in Williamsburg. Billed as “a free event for readers and writers celebrating creativity,” the festival features local authors and workshops in topics ranging from the life of a debut author to moderated writing exercises. The day concludes at 4 p.m. For information, go to WilliamsburgBookFestival.org.
- The Hampton Roads Writers 5th Annual Conference runs from Sept. 19-21 at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. Go to hamptonroadswriters.org/2013conference.php for details.
Closing out the month, local writer and poet Tara Shea Burke presents “Writing the Wild at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve” in Portsmouth, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 686-8684 for information.