Adrienne Su

Monday, August 10, 2015, 7:00 pm

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Adrienne Su's poems tend to sound conversational while working in rhyme and received forms. Her subject matter often looks for mystery in the everyday, with recent work focusing on domestic space, food, and gardening. In these ways, Su's most recent book is indebted to Maxine Kumin. Running themes throughout her career include American identity, Asian-American identity, and the efforts of immigrants - both domestic and international - to reinvent themselves.

Adrienne Su is the author of four books of poems, Middle Kingdom (1997), Sanctuary (2006), Having None of It (2009), and Living Quarters (2015). Her poems have been featured on websites such as Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as the Poetry Foundation's Poetry app. They also appear in anthologies such as The Hungry Ear; The New American Poets; Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation; and Best American Poetry 2013.

Read more: Living Quarters- August Literary Salon


James Lipton may have the corner on the actor's studio, but WriterHouse aims to shed some light on the writer's studio. It's not a reading—it's a brunch-time brain massage for writers. Join us for a fun and engaging discussion by writers for writers about any and all aspects of writing.

jennifer niessleinOur debut event will be Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM, with WriterHouse hosting authors Jennifer Niesslein and Browning Porter, who will be discussing a just-published collection of essays, Soul Mate 101 and Other Essays on Love and Sex, the ethics of writing about loved ones, being a writer in a city already teeming with so much literary talent, and more. We'll have bagels and bubbly, light brunch–style.

Read more: Inside the Writer's Studio

Lana Krumwiede

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 7:00 pm

Lana KrumwiedeWriting a series can be a daunting task, but it can also allow an author to dig deeply into character, plot, and setting while gaining a loyal following of readers. Lana Krumwiede will discuss how her stand-alone book, Freakling, became The Psi Chronicles. When is an idea suitable for a series? What are the challenges of writing a series? How do you pitch it to a publisher? All will be revealed!

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Lana Krumwiede began her writing career by creating stories and poems for publications such as Highlights, High Five, Spider, Babybug, The Friend, and Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul.

Read more: Literary Salon: Secrets to Writing a Series

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7:00 pm

Sue EisenfeldShenandoahWhen and how does a place become the subject of a memoir? Author Sue Eisenfeld will discuss with Cville Weekly writer Elizabeth Derby how a form of writing that is usually focused on the author's personal experience can expand to encompass place and history.

Eisenfeld's hikes in the Shenandoah National Park over decades compelled her to investigate and write about the history of the creation of the park in the context of her experiences of it, in her book Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. Singer-songwriter Anne O'Brien, who has written a song about the families displaced from the park, will provide light music prior to the event. Free and open to the public.

Kristen Green

July 23, 2015
Free and Open to the Public


book11WriterHouse is proud to present our July Literary Salon featuring Kristen Green, author of 'Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County'.NEW KGREEN AuthorPic

Kristen Green has worked as a journalist for nearly 20 years. In her debut book, she returns to her hometown to understand why Prince Edward County, Va., was the only community in the nation to close its schools for five years rather than desegregate. Growing up in Farmville, she attended an all-white academy, which was founded in 1959 by her grandparents and other white leaders when the public school doors were locked. The private school did not admit black students until 1986, when she was in the eighth grade.


Read more: Something Must Be Done

Friday, March 20, 2:00pm, Central Library on Market Street

Writing from inside the heads of fictional characters requires intuitive or professional understanding of human psychology. Authors Jacob Appel (The Biology of Luck), Chloe Benjamin (The Anatomy of Dreams), and Susan Coll (The Stager) will discuss the process of divining their characters’ psyches.


Friday, February 13, at 7:00 pm

rufi thorpeFrom Pride and Prejudice to Bridget Jones's Diary, the novel has had a tendency to focus on the romantic lives of women: how to find love, whom to marry, and what happens along the way. But what is the story of a woman's life without the marriage plot? What are women's lives really about? And how do we make meaning out of our relationships to our friends, to our children, and to ourselves? UVA professor Alison Booth will talk with novelist Rufi Thorpe about her struggles as a writer to portray women as they are, and what happens when you write a novel that does not rely on marriage for its structural framework. Free and open to the public.


Read more: Breaking Free from the Marriage Plot: Writing Female Friendship

Friday, January 30, 7:00 pm

Charles LewisJournalist Courteney Stuart will interview investigative journalist and bestselling author Charles Lewis about his latest book, 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity. He will discuss his nine-year odyssey attempting to chronicle the most "mortally consequential" untruths by the U.S. government and major corporations since World War II. In this ephemeral, 140-character world, where exactly is the line between journalism and history? Is there such a thing as real-time truth, or must we wait years or even decades to find out about the systemic abuses by the powers that be? Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Gary and Elizabeth McCullough.

Read more: Separating Fact from Fiction, Truth from Truthiness: A Literary Salon with Charles Lewis

Sunday, December 7, at 2:00 pm 

AndrewKaufmanSqJoin us on Sunday, December 7, at 2:00 PM, when UVA religious studies professor Dr. Kristin Swenson will interview Dr. Andrew D. Kaufman, a renowned Russian literature scholar, about how he turned his lifelong passion for Tolstoy into his recent work of creative nonfiction, Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Kaufman will talk about how he made the transition from academic to trade publishing, the relationship between his life as a literary scholar and his life as a writer, and what he learned from Tolstoy about writing prose. Free and open to the public.

Read more: Descending from the Tower: From Academic to Popular Writing

Friday, November 14, at 7:00 pm

ed falcoFiction writer Andrew Martin will interview author Ed Falco about his novel Toughs and the questions that arise when writing a novel based on historical events. Is the author required to present an accurate picture of the historical character, or is it okay to manipulate the character to the purposes of the novel? Should the author be faithful to events as they transpired, or is it permissible to manipulate events to fit the structure of the novel? Free and open to the public.

Read more: History as Fiction, Fiction as History: A Literary Salon with Ed Falco

Friday, October 24, at 7:00 pm

Erika MeitnerPoet Erika Meitner will talk with fellow poet Kevin McFadden about the idea of poetry as documentary: what happens when you take on an assignment to report on an entire city—in verse? In 2010, Meitner went to Detroit on assignment for VQR to find out the answer. In the process, she discovered new poetic tactics for documenting her own personal struggles in an unflinching way. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by David Wimberley.

Read more: Poetry as Documentary: A Literary Salon with Erika Meitner

Please join us Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 pm for a Literary Salon with poet Lisa Russ Spaar. 

lisa russ spaarTo paraphrase the poet Anne Carson, our lives begin the moment desire (for food, love, shelter, sky, the divine) enters us, and how we manage that yearning—what we make of it, to what uses we put it—is largely the measure of who we are. In what unique ways do poems not only grow out of but create and sustain the experience of desire? "I know not which, Desire, or Grant -," wrote Emily Dickinson, "Be wholly beautiful -." Join us as poet Kyle Dargan interviews poet Lisa Russ Spaar about the ways in which poems can uniquely both desire and grant, reach for and fulfill human experiences of yearning. Free and open to the public.

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Read more: Orexia: Desire and the Poem: A Literary Salon with Lisa Russ Spaar

Friday, September 12, at 7:00 pm

Lisa GornickNovelist Virginia Pye will interview writer Lisa Gornick about the importance of travel to her writing, including her experience visiting the Amazonian city of Iquitos Peru after having imagined it as the home of one of the characters in her latest novel, Tinderbox (released in paperback from Picador on September 2). She will also discuss how travel can be an exercise in imagination, deepening our capacities to imagine other worlds and times. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Clifford Garstang.

Read more: On Being a Writer-Traveler (Not a Travel-Writer)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sheri Reynolds EventWe've all learned that in order for characters to be sympathetic, they must be capable of change. Author Sheri Reynolds maintains that what's true for the character is also true for the writer. She talked with novelist Susan Gregg Gilmore  about character evolution, the importance of putting characters into positions that force their growth, and the importance of taking risks as writers in order to grow in our craft. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Jody Hobbs Hesler and Jeffrey Hesler.

Read more: Growing Up on the Page: How Characters and Their Writers Evolve

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Josh Weil Event 2014Josh Weil, author of The Great Glass Sea, talked to UVA Slavic studies professor Andrew D. Kaufman about the challenges, both internal and external, of breaking far away from yourself in your fiction, and the ways in which doing so can bring you closer to your core project at the same time. He also discussed his relationship with Russian culture and his current fascination with humanity's efforts to bring light into darkness.

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Sponsored by Sharon and James Harrigan.

Thursday, June 26th 2014 

James Magruder EventAre there novelists out there thinking about writing a play? Or playwrights wanting to attempt fiction? Writer James Magruder, who started his first short story in 2001 after sixteen years in show business as a dramaturg, translator, and musical book writer, discusses his new story collection, Let Me See It, and how his career in professional theatre has both warped and enhanced his writing with actor and writer Gare Galbraith.

James Magruder's adaptations of Moliere, Marivaux, Lesage, Labiche, Gozzi, Hofmannsthal, and Dickens have been produced on- and off-Broadway, at regional theatres across the country, and in Germany and Japan. His first novel, Sugarless, was a Lambda Award Finalist in 2010, and his first story collection, Let Me See It, was published in June 2014 by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. He lives in Baltimore.

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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Cecilia Llompart and discussed herCecilia Llompart new bookThe Wingless with Virginia Quarterly Review Managing Editor Allison Wright, exploring what it meant to be an artist, specifically that it  may require feeling you’re on the “outside” at one point or other in your  life. The discussion went into whether differing languages have different  beauties, and what it’s like to live as an artist and to attempt to make a  living as an artist. 

 Cecilia Llompart was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Florida. Her first  collection,The Wingless, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press  in the spring of 2014. She is the recipient of two awards from the Academy of  American Poets, and her poems have appeared in TriQuarterly,The Caribbean Writerpoets.org, and other journals. Most recently, she served as guest editor forMatter: A Journal of Political Poetry and Commentary, and she will be teaching high school students while serving as chair of creative writing for BLUR: The Blue Ridge Summer Institute for Young Artists in June 2014.


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Friday, April 25, at 7:00 pm

Jane AlisonAuthor Jane Alison will talk with memoirist Sharon Harrigan what happens when what you need to write is the truth—but you know that the truth will be painful, for you or for others. Alison will explore the risks you take when writing from personal experience and will share her own slow journey from fiction to memoir.  Free and open to the public.

Jane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and studied classics at Princeton and Brown universities and creative writing at Columbia. Her first novel, The Love-Artist, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and has been translated into seven languages. It was followed by The Marriage of the Sea (FSG, 2003), Natives and Exotics (Harcourt, 2005), and  a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes (Harcourt, 2009). Her latest book is Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid, from Oxford University Press. Alison currently lives in Charlottesville and teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 7:00pm

Thomas-LarsonThomas Larson, author of The Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease will discuss the intimate journey of writing about the three heart attacks he suffered in five years. His memoir gives voice to the vulnerability that shadows so many heart attack survivors, especially those who write about their disease or illness.

Free and open to the public 





Friday, March 21, 4:00pm, Central Library on Market Street

Susan Gregg Gilmore (The Funeral Dress), Mary Kay Zuravleff (Man Alive!), and Michael Parker (All I Have in this World) share their research stories and the process of melding their own knowledge with information from outside sources. Free and open to the public.

Susan Gregg Gilmore is the author of The Funeral Dress, a Southern Independent Bookseller's OKRA Pick, TARGET Emerging Author Selection, and TARGET Recommended Read. Gilmore has written for Garden & Gun, The Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive!, lives in Washington, D.C. Her earlier novels, The Bowl Is Already Broken and The Frequency of Souls, received the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and the James Jones First Novel Award.

Michael Parker, author of All I Have in This World, has written seven novels, and is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He teaches at UNC-Greensboro.

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:00pm

Dean King EventWhen Dean King set out to write about the Hatfields and the McCoys in his nonfiction book The Feud, he had to dig beneath layers of myth and popularized history to get as close as possible to the truth. Dean King talked with Henry Wiencek (author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves) about the interaction of myth and history and how to write about events and people that are already larger than life. Members of both the Hatfield and McCoy families were in the audience.

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