Fall for the Book’s Pop-Up Lit Nights

Fall for the Book’s New Pop-Up Lit Nights invite the community to celebrate literature and storytelling. Bring your friends and enjoy food and fun. Readings take place at Old Town Hall: 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA (New Location). Free parking is available.

Story Sprint

Thursday, January 31, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Join three authors for an evening of off-the-cuff writing. Writers will be given one line with which to start a story and one with which to end it. In a mad dash, they will compose their pieces which the audience will then vote on to be the winner. As they work, take a chance on writing some of your very own short shorts for the chance to win a prize! 

Featuring:

  • Tara Laskowski, author of the short story collections Bystanders, and Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons, and the forthcoming novel One Night Gone.
  • Zach Powers, author of the short story collection Gravity Changes, and the forthcoming novel First Cosmic Velocity.
  • Colleen Kearney Rich, author of the chapbook Things You Won’t Tell Your Therapist

Meet the Competitors 

The evening will be emceed by Michael McCarthy, a 20 year media veteran, and former editor in chief of local magazines like DC Modern Luxury and Washington Flyer.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Event begins at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Reserve your free ticket today!

New Location: Old Town Hall: 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 


Love Stories

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 

7:30 p.m.

Do you have a funny/sweet/tragic love story to share? Come pour your heart out at Old Town Hall at this annual open mic night. Generous refreshments will be provided. 

Doors open at 7 p.m., event starts at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Reserve your free ticket today!

New Location: Old Town Hall: 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 


March Murder

Thursday, March 28, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Experience the true crime tale Southern Nightmare with author and podcast host Richard Foster. Thirty years ago, a serial killer terrorized the city of Richmond, Virginia, brutally raping and murdering women in their homes. Then he struck again in Arlington, Virginia, 100 miles to the north. The media called him The South Side Strangler. And he would become the first capital murder defendant in U.S. history to be caught using DNA evidence – almost a decade before the O.J. Simpson trial and long before TV shows like CSI popularized forensic science in the public consciousness. Listen to the Southern Nightmare podcast here. 

Doors open at 7 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public thanks to the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Reserve your free ticket today!

New Location: Old Town Hall: 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 

Award-winning Richmond, Virginia, writer Richard Foster’s career in mass communications and journalism spans three decades, during which he has covered everything from cold-case murders to corrupt politicians to comic book creators. Formerly the executive editor of Richmond Magazine, Foster was also founding editor of Richmond.com (now the website for the Richmond Times-Dispatch) and worked as a staff writer for Style Weekly, The Roanoke Times and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. His 1998 biography of 1950s pin-up queen Bettie Page was adapted into the 2006 HBO Films movie “The Notorious Bettie Page.” 

 


Thank you to everyone who came out for our first annual spring 2018 Pop-Up Lit Night reading series!

  • “Transformations” with Henry Crawford and Emily Mitchell, Thursday, January 25th
  • Shoestring Theatre Company let audiences in on Appalachia’s Secret, Thursday, February 22nd.
  • Martina Boone and Jodi Meadows taught an interactive YA Novel Writing Workshop March 29

Sponsored by the City of Fairfax and the Commission on the Arts.