Reading Under the Influence

Fri. March 22, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Common House

206 West Market Street, Charlottesville, Va. 22902

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

Hosted by: Charlottesville Reading Series and Virginia Quarterly Review


Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), John Lingan (Homeplace), and Mathangi Subramanian (A People’s History of Heaven) give short readings of their work during this annual “late-night” Festival program. Jesse Jarnow (Wasn’t That a Time) and Tim Mohr (Burning Down the Haus) will deejay.

Just steps away from the Omni Hotel Charlottesville, 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?

“Strange, dark and sometimes unnervingly funny… But like all effective satire, there’s a glint of truth and accumulation of mundane details that make the farcical scenario feel plausible… [Friday Black] uses fantasy and scorching satire to tackle issues like school shootings, abortion, racism, the callowness of commercialism, and how cyclical violence can be passed on across generations… Adjei-Brenyah renders prosaic scenarios unfamiliar by adding a surreal, disorienting twist.”—Alexandra Alter, The New York Times

“John Lingan writes in penetrating, soulful ways about the intersection between place and personality, individual and collective, spirit and song.”—Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering

“What a thrill to read a novel as daring and urgent as A People’s History of Heaven. It’s a story about defiance in the face of erasure, about the survival tactics of an unforgettable group of girls. I can’t remember the last time I encountered a voice of such moral ferocity and compassion.”—Tania James, author of The Tusk That Did the Damage