Thanks to summer vacations, this time of the year is usually known for a lack of new content. But that doesn’t seem to be the case for our Northern Virginian creators. Whether you’re looking for a new read to add to your travel bag or the latest flick to add to your weekend playlist, these local creators have what you’re looking for.
The Middle of Somewhere by Suzanne Stryk
In this creative exploration of Virginia’s ecology, the author delves into the flora and fauna of her home state through visual means, crafting a collection of mixed-media collages, sketches, personal anecdotes, and historical tidbits. Together, it presents a detailed examination of Virginia’s complex and diverse landscape, inviting readers to see each new location with fresh eyes.
Last Call at the Nightingale by Katharine Schellman
Virginia author Schellman evokes all the bold, secretive charm of the Jazz age in this new mystery novel, set to be released June 7. In 1920s New York, protagonist Vivian Kelly uses the underground glamour of a speakeasy to escape the drab reality of life during the Great Depression. When a murder suddenly threatens her safe haven, she finds herself caught up in the struggle to find out who is responsible.
Along for the Ride
Catch the Alexandria-born star Dermot Mulroney in this new Netflix original film, based on Sarah Dessen’s young adult novel of the same name. Set in a sleepy beach town, two teenage insomniacs meet up to explore the town after-hours. At once a heartfelt coming-of-age story and a bright, funny romance, this is the perfect feel-good flick for the summer.
The New York Times’ culture podcast, Still Processing is back for a new season, tackling all things pop culture. Topics on the drawing board this go-around include Top-40 lists and television theme songs, with guest experts popping in to provide insight. Alexandria’s Jenna Wortham, one of the show’s co-hosts, has turned over the reins to her colleague Wesley Morris, who will be running the show while Wortham is away on book leave.