Books and Publishing en Girls of Summer <p></p><p>School summer reading lists are infamous.&nbsp; Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.&nbsp; Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was <em>The Little Match Girl.</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:22 +0000 Allison Quantz 24746 at Girls of Summer Give War and Peace a Chance <p></p><p>If you’re looking for some good summer reading, a professor at the University of Virginia has the answer.&nbsp; He’s read War and Peace 15 times, and he wants you to enjoy it at least once.&nbsp; To help you tackle that 1,500 page tome, he’s written a book called <em><strong>Give War and Peace a Chance. </strong></em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p>It’s easy to see why people would be scared away from Tolstoy’s classic story.&nbsp; It has 361 chapters, nearly 600 characters, and in its time UVA Lecturer Andrew Kaufman says, it broke all the rules.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:31:52 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24292 at Give War and Peace a Chance UVA's Alan Taylor Takes Second Pulitzer <p></p><p>A University of Virginia Professor is celebrating a rare victory today – winning a Pulitzer prize for the second time.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Alan Taylor’s latest book – The Internal Enemy -- tells the story of 3,400 slaves who escaped from Virginia and Maryland plantations to British ships off the coast during the War of 1812.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:07:08 +0000 Sandy Hausman 20018 at UVA's Alan Taylor Takes Second Pulitzer Mushroom: A Global History <p>For many places still blanketed in snow, it may be a while until we even see the ground again. But waiting patiently under there and soon to sprout, is a species so unique, that it’s hard to categorize, yet so common, you’ll know it instantly.</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Mushroom a Global History” is the name of a book Cynthia Bertelsen, a food writer and blogger in Blacksburg and an award winning cook, who's lived all over the world. More than a recipe book, she’s written a highly readable cultural history of the sometimes-controversial fungus.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:14:18 +0000 Robbie Harris 17410 at Mushroom: A Global History Master of the Mountain <p>It’s been over a year since the publication of a new book about Thomas Jefferson and his slaves.&nbsp; It won rave reviews from many parts of the country, but in Charlottesville the author is still attacked in certain circles.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:02:11 +0000 Sandy Hausman 17374 at Master of the Mountain