Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer will hold two signings for his book “Let Me Be Frank” this week in the New River Valley. The first takes place Friday, Dec. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gourmet Pantry (401 S Main St, Blacksburg). The second is Sunday, Dec. 22 at the Barnes and Noble at , 110 Conston Ave., Christiansburg, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can read a review of “Let Me Be Frank” here.
The submission address, guidelines and required entry forms are available at www.read.gov/letters or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy through email. Three state winners will receive a cash prize, an invitation to the March 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, and will be eligible for national judging.
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invite Southwest Virginia students to enter the 2013-2014 “Letters About Literature” reading and writing competition. Students in grades four through 12 are asked to select a favorite fiction or nonfiction book and write a response letter to the author of the book. Postmark deadline for students in grades nine through 12 is Dec. 10, 2013 and for students in grades four through eight, the deadline is Jan. 10, 2014, with winners announced in early April 2014.