Books and Publishing

"Toughs" by Ed Falco
12:36 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Crime Novel Based on Historical Events

83 years ago on this day, prohibition ended in the United States. During the years when it was illegal to sell alcohol, a crime syndicate was born whose tentacles still stretch to the present day.

Prohibition is the setting for Virginia Tech's Ed Falco's new book.  "Toughs" is the fictionalized, real life story of one of the first drive by shooting on record.  The result of the gangland feuds that characterized prohibition.  His new book has awful resonance with gangland drive-bys today.

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Writer Christopher Linforth
1:30 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Around the World in 12 Short Stories

“When You Find Us, We Will Be Gone,” is the title of a new collection of short stories by Christopher Linforth.   The title is also an example of the kind of paradox Linforth likes to explore in his writing. 

The twelve stories in this slim volume take the reader all over the world, from the American Midwest of the 1950s, and Germany in the 40s, to modern day Japan and Eastern Europe.

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"The Art of Power"
1:31 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Historian Jon Meacham on Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was a legend in his own time, and since then hundreds of books and articles have been written about him, so you might not expect to see more, but historian Jon Meacham,  who was featured in Ken Burn’s documentary about the  Roosevelts, is coming to Virginia to share a whole new view of Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson may have wanted history to see him as a philosopher and an educator.   The epitaph on his grave doesn’t even mention the presidency.

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A Conversation with Martha Woodroof
8:55 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Small Blessings

Plenty of people toy with the idea of writing a book, but few will actually get published, and by the time we reach our mid-60s, those dreams have faded. 

Not so for Martha Woodroof, a local public radio personality who has published her first novel at the age of 67.  It’s called Small Blessings, and it’s getting rave reviews.

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Factory Man
1:51 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

And the Factory Girl

For a journalist, there are at times stories that go beyond columns and minutes and have a life that needs hundreds of pages to be told. Journalist Beth Macy of Roanoke found such a story in the Factory Man.

Learn more about the book  at Beth Macy's website.

Tom Hanks Tweets about “Factory Man”:

"Factory Man is great summer reading. I give it 42 stars. No, I give it 142 stars. Yeah, it’s THAT good.”

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