Books and Publishing

Cultural Culinary History
2:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Mushroom: A Global History

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.

 

“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.

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Thomas Jefferson & His Slaves
5:02 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Master of the Mountain

It’s been over a year since the publication of a new book about Thomas Jefferson and his slaves.  It won rave reviews from many parts of the country, but in Charlottesville the author is still attacked in certain circles. 

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VA Textbooks: Sea of Japan vs East Sea
4:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

VA Lawmakers Join Asian Naming Dispute

Virginia's General Assembly has been caught in a dispute between Japan and Korea—and it's all over how students and teachers refer to the body of water between the two nations.

Throughout the session, Asian media, emissaries, and other interested parties have crowded committee meetings and Capitol hallways … and some have even met with the Governor. 

The dispute is over whether the current name of the “Sea of Japan” in textbooks should be referred to in new versions as the "East Sea."

 

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Fiction Creates Sense of Place
10:53 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Hunger Games Catches Fire as Learning Tool

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman means a new actor will have to take on his role in the third installment of “The Hunger Games.”

The series has ‘caught fire’ in more ways than one. An education professor says ‘The Hunger Games’ can become a powerful teaching tool in rural classrooms. 

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Fiction Speaks for Victims
1:12 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Children of Paradise: A Story of Guyana's Tragedy

Does Fiction have the power to heal the soul?  A new novel about one of the most horrific events of the late twentieth century raises the question. 

“Children of Paradise” is an imagined account of an actual mass suicide at a commune in the jungle of Guyana in 1978.  

A writing professor at Virginia Tech is using the tools of fiction to retell the story in the voices of its victims.  A warning....the events described are disturbing. 

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