Richmond is lucky to have numerous literary events and literary institutions. Authors often present their work at area book shops and writers’ groups, giving book lovers a chance to hear from storytellers and learn about their subject matter as well as their craft. Escape the heat at one of Richmond’s many book oriented events. Or just lose yourself browsing through the stacks at one of these bookshops or the region’s many public libraries. Book groups are also a great way to connect with people who share your love of literature. Happy reading.
August 16 6-8 pm – Westover Station, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
“Building Community Music” Book Launch/Party – Gayla Mills will be reading from her just released book Making Music for Life, followed by performances from, and a jam with, musicians featured in the book. Don’t miss this unique community event—grab a beer or tea and some donuts and hang out for a while in this inviting cafe. Presented by Chop Suey Books (http://www.gaylamills.com/events.html)
Making Music for Life: Rediscover Your Musical Passion provides a road map for amateur musicians over forty, whether they play jazz, roots, classical, or rock. It guides them with their musical pursuits, offering tips on the best ways to practice and jam, enjoy playing with others, get gigs and record, and bring more music to their communities. Most importantly, it’s a guide for discovering how music can help them live and age well.
The book includes two page spotlights on musicians at the end of each chapter, including some Richmond musicians: Ric Bergstrom is featured in the jam chapter, Plum and Mike Cluverius in the music camp chapter, and Roger Reynolds in the gigging chapter. Other Richmonders are quoted, including Rebecca Jones, Bob Meagher, Elizabeth Hodges, Kent Ippolito, and Bill McElroy.
Gayla M. Mills is a hobbyist roots musician, former R-MC instructor, and writer with over sixty published essays and features. Returning to music to help her husband record his songs, she discovered a new life in a rich musical circle. She can be found at GaylaMills.com or GeneAndGayla.com
Other events at area bookstores:
Chop Suey Books, 2913 W Cary St, Richmond, Virginia 23221 – (804) 422-8066 –
Aug. 28 – Book Club Discussion – Severence
Book People, 536 Granite Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23226 – (804) 288-4346 –
Aug 18 – Sunday Scrabble
Fountain Bookstore, 1312 E Cary St., Richmond, Virginia 23219 – (804) 788-1594
Aug 15 – 12:30pm – Thomas Kapsidelis will be signing copies of his new book AFTER VIRGINIA TECH and talking about how we heal in this era of mass shootings.
Aug 17 – Bookstore Romance Day
Aug 20 – Plan your fall hikes with Phil Riggan
Aug 22 – Howard Owen at the Richmond Library
Aug 27 – Does Crime Pay? Howard Owen and Jon Sealy in Conversation
Barnes & Noble – multiple locations
- Richmond Public Library
- Henrico County Public Library
- Chesterfield County Public Library
- Hanover County is part of the Pamunkey Regional Library system
- Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad St. Richmond, VA 23219-Book groups, presentations, research events, history events, workshops
Mark your calendar:
Oct. 19 – 2nd annual RVA Book Lovers’ Festival
Learn about more Richmond entertainment and arts events. And don’t forget to check the list of the Top FREE Things to Do in Richmond for more good ideas.