Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni will be at the Barnes & Noble on Conston Avenue in Christiansburg on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to sign copies of her new book of poetry, “Chasing Utopia.” The event runs 6-8 p.m. Read a review of “Chasing Utopia” here.
The submission address, guidelines and required entry forms are available at www.read.gov/letters or contact email@example.com 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.
Donna Strother Deekens and Doug Riddell will be signing copies of “Virginia’s Legendary Santa Trains” on Thursday, Dec. 5. They will appear at the Kroger at 4404 Brambleton Ave. from 12-2 p.m. and the Kroger at 3970 Valley Gateway Blvd. at 4-6 p.m. Two chapters of the book are devoted to M&R/N&W-sponsored trains in Roanoke that ran in 1958 and 1959, as well as the train that ran in Lynchburg in 1959.
Sarah Palin will be in Roanoke on Saturday, Dec. 7 to promote her new book “Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.” She’ll be at a Barnes & Noble at Valley View starting at 10 a.m.
Alysia Abbott, whose memoir “Fairyland” is about growing up in the 1970s and ’80s with an openly gay gather in San Francisco, will read at Kirk Avenue Music Hall on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. The event is part of the Hollins Writing Series.
Former Roanoke Mayor Nelson Harris will speak about his book “Hidden History of Roanoke” at the Bent Mountain Community Center on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Harris’ presentation will be about the various stories contained in his latest book that includes interesting, scandalous, and inspiring stories from Roanoke’s past. He will have copies of the book for sale and will be available for signings afterward. Read a review of Harris’ book here.
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.