Books and Publishing

"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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Reading List
2:07 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Girls of Summer

Meg Medina & Gigi Amateau

School summer reading lists are infamous.  Required books that you drag around all summer, taking notes and keeping journals.  Just in time for beach season, two Richmond writers are trying to give summer reading a better name. 

When writer Gigi Amateau was a child, one of her favorite stories was The Little Match Girl.

“I remember sitting in my Grammy’s lap and she would read The Little Match Girl to me and it would wreck me every time.  And I then I would ask her to read it again, like through my tears, read it again, you know.”

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Diving In
4:31 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Give War and Peace a Chance

If you’re looking for some good summer reading, a professor at the University of Virginia has the answer.  He’s read War and Peace 15 times, and he wants you to enjoy it at least once.  To help you tackle that 1,500 page tome, he’s written a book called Give War and Peace a Chance.

 

It’s easy to see why people would be scared away from Tolstoy’s classic story.  It has 361 chapters, nearly 600 characters, and in its time UVA Lecturer Andrew Kaufman says, it broke all the rules.
 

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