Books and Publishing

Virginia Festival of the Book.
9:40 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Congressional Gridlock-Busting Plan Outlined by Author

Jason Grumet heads the non-profit Bipartisan Policy Center.
Credit BPC

Washington's partisan political gridlock can be unlocked, according to one of the speakers at the upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book.

"The good news is that it doesn't involve a Constitutional convention or a Mars invasion."

That's Jason Grumet, whose new book, City of Rivals, proposes some intuitive solutions, such as more time for Congress to hang out together. And some not-so-intuitive solutions, such as bringing back earmarks, which Congress banned five years ago.

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Author Interview
2:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Fictionalized Politics Close to Home

A Blacksburg writer is out with a new novel of political intrigue set very close to home. Like many of his previous books, Michael Abraham’s latest gets its title from an actual town. This one is called “Orange,  Virginia.” 

Michael Abraham writes fiction, non-fiction and political essays.  This time the Blacksburg native has done a combination of all three.

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Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs & Washington Handshakes
5:32 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Decoding the Jargon, Slang & Bluster of American Political Speech

Political junkies looking for a good read may find one in an exposé of insider political language by two veteran journalists. 

It’s called “Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech.”   The light-hearted book also has a serious purpose.

Co-authors Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark believe manipulative political jargon deprives political discourse of substance.  Thus, politicians say they speak “frankly” when they don’t—or tout “bold” ideas that are not.  

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"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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