Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 23, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

Sponsored by: W. Tucker Lemon, VFH Board member and advocate for Reading Under the Influence

Hosted by: Charlottesville Reading Series, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Wine & Country Living


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Hermione Hoby (Neon in Daylight), Irène Mathieu (orogeny), Nathaniel Rich (King Zeno), and SJ Sindu (Marriage of a Thousand Lies) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Just steps away from the Omni Hotel, enjoy the work of acclaimed emerging writers in an informal setting, with music, drinks, and mingling.

Please note: Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Book sales of readers’ work will also take place throughout the evening.

Why should you attend?

“A radiant first novel… [Neon in Daylight] has antecedents in the great novels of the 1970s: Renata Adler’s Speedboat, Elizabeth Hardwick’s Sleepless Nights, Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays… Precision―of observation, of language―is Hoby’s gift. Her sentences are sleek and tailored.”―Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

“Searching ecologies, history, and embodied experience, Mathieu’s lyric voice pieces together a world, which is at once our own and a map of possibility, a ‘fetal dream of ourselves, a sea of curled and floating ideas.'”—Megan Kaminski, author of Deep City, judge of the 2016 Bob Kaufman Book Prize

“The novel, like a city, somehow coheres, as Rich never loses control of the riotous raw material . . . Rich is a gifted portraitist of his three main characters . . . This is a novel with a high body count, but it has far too much energy ever to feel morbid.” ―Chris Bachelder, The New York Times Book Review

“Enthralling… Sindu is a skilled writer, and this is a remarkable first novel.”—Los Angeles Review of Books ​