Pop Up Lit Nights

Fall for the Book’s New Pop Up Lit Nights invite the community to Happy Hour appreciations of literature and storytelling. Bring your friends and enjoy food and fun. Readings take place on the last Thursday of each month, January through April. Free parking is available.

How differently do we experience life when we turn our worlds upside down? At Transformations,  Fall for the Book’s debut Pop Up Lit Night, two writers strive to find the uncanny in the ordinary, to discover what’s hidden below the surface. In Viral: Stories, Emily Mitchell turns the familiar strange. Her short stories shift and change the real world until her characters find the bizarre in life, and sometimes the miraculous. In Henry Crawford’s poetry collection American Software, computer code shapes the language. Crawford explores contemporary American life through the “multi-layered and symbol-rich syntax” working behind each of our computer screens.
Emily Mitchell’s first collection of short stories, Viral, was published in June 2015. The New York Times Book Review called this collection “[A]lluring…the best stories here push towards true heartbreak,” and, in a starred review, Kirkus Reviews described Viral as “[E]xceptionally readable…A rich collection that takes the familiar obsessions of love and loneliness and views them from uncanny angles in ways that are magical, cutting, and intensely recognizable.” Her first novel, The Last Summer of the World, (W. W. Norton, 2007) was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, New England Review, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review and other magazines. Her review-essays have appeared in the New York Times, New Statesman and Guernica. She teaches writing at the University of Maryland.

Henry Crawford is a poet living and writing in the Washington, DC area. His work has appeared in several journals and online publications including Boulevard, Copper Nickel, Folio, Borderline Press and The Offbeat. He was a 2016 nominee for a Pushcart Prize for his poem “The City of Washington” appearing in District Lit. His first collection of poetry, American Software, was published in 2017 by CW Books.


Join Fall for the Book and Shoestring Theatre Company for fun, facts and mystery as you try your hand at hillbilly trivia, learn about your neighbors in Southwest Virginia (the part that Kentucky and Tennessee didn’t want) and have a good laugh in the process. Then get a sneak peak of our newest play, The Best Doctor in Town. You could even take home a recipe for some legal moonshine. After all, it’s in vogue these days. RSVP on Facebook or claim your free ticket on Eventbrite.
This event is presented in association with the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts.

Save the Date!

All Pop Up Lit Nights will take place at 10427 North Street, Fairfax, VA. Free parking is available. Details coming soon. 
Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 26 at 5:30 p.m.