Books and Publishing

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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"The Internal Enemy"
5:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UVA's Alan Taylor Takes Second Pulitzer

A University of Virginia Professor is celebrating a rare victory today – winning a Pulitzer prize for the second time. 

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.

“I found some important documents, including some letters written by these former slaves, telling dramatic stories of their night time escapes, fighting on behalf of the British as marines and sailors and nurses and laundresses and guides and pilots.”  

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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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