Press Release


Richmond Literary Extravaganza!

CONTACT: Cheryl Pallant

Mark your calendars! Richmond, VA, one of US News and World Report’s “Best Places to Live,” is getting ready to show off one reason why. For two nights, April 21st and 22nd, the RVA LIT CRAWL will highlight Richmond’s literary and cultural riches, bringing some of its many writers to venues across the city for a delicious feast of words, in an extravaganza that should satisfy even the most voracious reader.

Friday night will feature Queer Voices at Babes with debut author Patricia Smith (The Year of Needy Girls) and poet Wendy DeGroat (Beautiful Machinery); an opportunity to hear from and celebrate our city’s talented youth at Richmond Young Writers; masters of Noir Andrew Blossom, Hermine Pinson, Katy Resch George, Tom Batten and others  (The Evil One) at Chop Suey; Valley Haggard and several contributors to her popular online literary journal Life in Ten Minutes; Richmond “old timers” David Robbins, (The End of War, Scorched Earth, The Assassin’s Gallery, The Devil’s Waters, War of the Rats) Phaedra Hise, (Pilot Error: The Anatomy of a Plane Crash; The Secret Lives of Hoarders), Dean King (The Feud, Unbound, Skeletons on the Sahara, Partick O’Brian: A Life Revealed) and Howard Owen (Grace, The Bottom, Oregon Hill,The Philadelphia Quarry, Littlejohn) reading new work at Quirk Hotel, and novelist Patrick Dacey (We’ve Already Gone This Far) and crew at Greenbriar Cafe.

Saturday will begin in the afternoon with Lenore Gay (Shelter of Leaves), screenwriter Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning) and the rest of the “Fiction Factory” at Urban Farmhouse in Scott’s Addidtion, followed by poetry galore with Kathleen Graber (The Eternal City), Cheryl Pallant (Her Body Listening), Johanna Lee (Dissections) and Lea Marshall. Sisters in Crime will regale readers at the Fountain Bookstore, and award-winning authors Meg Medina, (Burn, Baby, Burn, Yacqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass), Lamar Giles (Oveturned, Fake ID, Endangered) and Anne Blankman (Traitor Angels, Prisoner of Night and Fog, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke) will explore Criminal Minds in their reading at Hi Richmond Hostel while Bill Blume (Gideon’s Hunt) and John Glover treat their audience to sci-fi and fantasy. The later evening will feature several beloved Richmond writers whose work emphasizes the importance of place, including Virginia Pye (Dreams of the Red Phoenix, River of Dust), Elizabeth Hodges (What the River Means),and Harry Kollatz, Jr. (True Richmond Stories; Richmond in Ragtime).

There is something here for every reader. Events are spaced out with a half hour for traveling time in between each session, and the weekend will be capped off with a Closing Party at Can-Can, on Saturday night, (9:30 p.m.), where Chop Suey will sell books from all featured authors, and where readers and writers will have a chance to mingle and celebrate. Both Chop Suey and The Fountain Bookstore will sell books throughout the weekend.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information and updates—including a growing list of participating writers and venues — please see our website: