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Show Some Love to the Readers and Writers on Your List

My last two appearances of 2013 are also two of my favorites.

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Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO want this for Christmas

virginiashopFriday, Dec, 6: Forget buying ugly sweaters. Instead, dazzle your book loving friends with a Jane Austen umbrella, a chic recycled bag, or a onesie honoring The Little Prince. It’s all at The Virginia Shop, inside the Library of Virginia this Friday. This gift store is where whimsy meets history and literature, and their Open House won’t disappoint. The event starts at 2 PM, but my slot is 4 PM – 6 PM. All afternoon, authors and historians will be on hand to meet you and sign books. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (yes, for the holidays!) will  be on sale – and my titles come with a free, beaded milagro bookmark. If you’re inclined, please RSVP on the Facebook invite here. The PDF flyer is here:  OpenHouseVAShop

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Saturday, Dec. 7: I’ll head back down to Petersburg to the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for WriterFest. It’s an all-day youth writing conference. I’m looking forward to a book talk lunch about Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass and then a look at student first pages with Dean King and Virginia Pye.

And then, friends, it’s time to rest and write…

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Literary Mischief: A New Answer to Book Signings in RVA

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Our host

This Friday night, I’m getting in the ring with one of Richmond’s favorite (and best named) storytellers, Slash Coleman for Literary Mischief, his refreshing and oddball take on book events.

We’ll be at The Crossroads Art Center and here’s the basic set up. Four authors get a few minutes to talk about anything they choose. Then they face Slash for offbeat interview questions and plenty of audience participation. Yes, you can buy a book and we’ll sign it, but the night is about relaxing and connecting with the authors who live and work in this city.

I’ll likely talk about what it’s like to write for kids when your book pushes all the wrong buttons for school administrators.

If that doesn’t suit you, don’t worry. I’ll be joined by some of Richmond, Virginia’s favorite faces in the arts, too. The lineup:

565832_4044519315262_1322979469_nHarry Kollatz, Jr – Senior writer and Arts and Entertainment Editor at Richmond Magazine  (Yep, you know him. The dashing guy in the fabulous hat.) He’s the author of Richmond in Ragtime.

virginiapyeVirginia Pye – former chair of James River Writers, whose debut novel River of Dust, was called “mysterious, exotic and creepy… A fine journey, well worth the effort” by The Washington Post

b40cokal_250x296Susann Cokal – critic, college professor essayist, and cat-obsessed friend, whose new novel The Kingdom of Little Wounds has earned a starred review from Kirkus.

I admire everybody on the list, but we are a far-flung bunch, so who knows how Slash will knit us all together.  That’s the fun. Our work spans the Renaissance, ragtime, China in the 1920s, and modern-day Queens, New York.  We touch on sex, murder, bullying, and syphilis. We write for adults and sometimes for little kids.

In Slash’s hands, anything can happen.

Join us – free!

Literary Mischief

Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mills Road, Richmond, VA 23230

6 PM – 8 PM, meet and greet

8:30 PM – 9:30 PM show time

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