The publishing world seems to hibernate in reverse, taking long gestational periods of convalescence that last through the summer, kicking writers and their books out of the cave only when the weather gets crisp.
Millions of fans the world over can cozy up in anticipation of the Oct. 6 release of “Half Broke Horses,” the long-awaited, true-life novel by Virginia resident and author of “The Glass Castle,” Jeannette Walls. And to bookend the riveting tale of Walls' hard-riding, whiskey-drinking maternal grandmother, check out larger-than-life Virginia authors Adriana Trigiani (“Viola in Reel Life” the first week of September) or David Baldacci (“True Blue” the last week of October).
Aspiring and professional writers alike will congregate for the seventh year at the James River Writers Conference Oct. 9-10 at the Library of Virginia to meet and greet the likes of Thomas Lux, Michael Knight, Katherine Neville and a slew of New York editors and agents (www.jamesriverwriters.com). Luddite or techno freak, M.T. Anderson, winner of the Los Angeles Book Prize for “Feed,” will interest you with all things mind control at Hermitage High School on Oct. 21 as the “All Henrico Reads” guest author (www.henricolibrary.org).
Continue your literary descent into the fall Oct. 27, as the creepy but brilliant stepfather of underground comics, Robert Crumb, appears at the Carpenter Theatre (as part of the University of Richmond's Modlin Downtown series) to talk about his new graphic novel, “Genesis,” in an interview with FranAoise Mouly, longtime art editor for The New Yorker (http://modlin.richmond.edu). And there will be plenty of excuses to “keep on truckin'” with Mr. Natural in the next few months. UR will present “Zap! Comix Prints,” an exhibit of Crumb's best underground work, at the school's Harnett Museum of Art until Dec. 13 (http://museums.richmond.edu).
Explore all things horror in honor of Poe's 200th birthday on Oct. 29 with the JRW Writing Show at the Children's Museum of Richmond. But don't emerge from the underworld too soon. See for yourself the true grit of the city's underbelly at the Richmond Zine Fest, Nov. 6-7 at Gallery 5 (www.richmondzinefest.org).