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JMRL Teen Poetry Contest

From the good folks at JMRL: Do you love to write poetry?  The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will hold its annual teen poetry contest from October 1 to October 27.   Contest forms and guidelines are  available at each branch library and online at  www.jmrl.org/teens.  Teens ages 12 to  18 can submit only one poem they have written.

Three winners will be chosen,  prizes will be awarded,  and the winners will be  eligible for entry in the annual teen poetry contest sponsored  by the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) library journal.

Children’s author Cathy May will be one of several judges.  Submission deadline is October 27.  Winners will be notified by mid-November.


Words and Wine 2012 Tickets Now Available

Words & Wine 2012 Tickets Now Available

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Glass House Winery will host the third annual Words & Wine, a fundraiser for WriterHouse.

Admission of $30 per person includes wine tasting, complimentary wine glass, light hors d’oeuvres, and one raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes generously donated by individuals and businesses! In addition, Glass House has generously agreed to donate 10% of bottle sales* during the event to WriterHouse. And, see the list of many other sponsors (coming soon).

Purchase event tickets and raffle tickets at WriterHouse during open hours (after August 3), mail a check to PO Box 222, Charlottesville, 22902 or online now via PayPal below. Tickets purchased by mail or PayPal will be held for you at the event. Please make sure we have your email address so we can confirm your purchase.

Can’t attend the event? Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of four huge prize baskets and three vacation destinations: France, Santa Fe, and Vermont.

via Words & Wine 2012 Tickets Now Available.

Red Sammy offers music, poetry at Durty Nelly’s July 28

Got an email from Adam Trice the other day. Adam is the man behind Red Sammy:

Red Sammy is Baltimore singer/songwriter, Adam Trice. The band name is a reference to Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” (1955). Trice describes the music as “graveyard country,” a style that embraces the beauty in imperfection. Life, work, hard work, disappointment, love and loss are all themes entwined in his songs.

Music and arrangements are provided by Red Sammy’s ensemble, The Electric-Wire Blackbirds: John “Chesapeake” Decker (resonator guitar), Greg Humphreys (bass, electric guitar, mandolin), and Tony Calato (drums).

Seems that Red Sammy is coming to Charlottesville, “incorporating poetry from my book, In Places with Bad Lighting, into our musical performance.”

Give him a listen at redsammy.com, and if you like what you hear, here are the deets:

Saturday, July 28th (Durty Nelly’s, 2200 Jefferson Park Avenue, Charlottesville, VA)

9:00 p.m. – Midnight

*Original edgy rock music all night with poems incorporated throughout the show.

The Book That Can’t Wait – Eterna Cadencia – YouTube

The Book That Can't Wait – Eterna Cadencia – YouTube.

Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo at JMRL!

JMRL Summer Reading ProgramWhile Second Street is closed on Saturday, June 9, 10am – noon for food, fun, and frivolity, Central Library will have Sign-up for the Summer Reading Club and everyone will enjoy enormous amounts of entertainment.

Even adults can participate in summer reading programs. BETWEEN THE COVERS is the adult theme this summer, including special weekly prize drawings, contests, displays and programs especially for adults. Remember, you can open a book and open the world.

The theme for the teen program is OWN THE NIGHT. Ages 11-18 can win great prizes as they read, and be entered into weekly drawings for more prizes.

DREAM BIG: READ! is the theme for the children’s program. Kids can participate in the summer reading program and earn prizes for reading or being read to.

Whatever your age, there is something exciting for you at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Joyce would have loved spam


I was delighted to receive a spam email this morning with the following subject line:

slippers on. Turkish. Wore the breeches. Suppose she  does. Would I like her

Recognize it? Here’s a clue.

John Warner, “The Funny Man,” at WriterHouse this weekend

John Warner (R-VA) (no longer serving)

Not this guy.

This weekend at WriterHouse: Two events with John Warner (not the former senator)

John Warner, novelist, humorist, editor for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and TMN’s Biblioracle, will be visiting all the way from Charleston Friday to discuss satire (and his new novel The Funny Man) and Saturday to give a seminar on writing funny. See the WriterHouse website for more details about both events. Want to know what to read next? As the Biblioracle, he’ll give you recommendations based on the last five books you’ve read.