Books and Publishing

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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A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs
2:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells & Silent Nights

It is that time of year—when you just might have a Holiday Jingle Ear Worm….maybe you picked it up in a department store, or from a humming co-worker.  Maybe even from this radio station.  'Tis the season for Christmas tunes.

A writer from Appomatox is actually an expert on American Christmas music and with his just-released book, Ronald Lankford attempts to reconcile the sacred and the profane.  He studies music ranging from hymns to warbling chipmunks.

 

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Annual Birthday Baking
4:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Happy Birthday, Emily Dickinson!

In the Ober/Alexander Kitchen

This week, we celebrate Emily Dickinson’s 183rd birthday.  What better way to celebrate the poet than by baking her famous Black Cake?   A group of Charlottesville poets-turned-bakers let us join them for their “Fourth Annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Party.”

Emily Dickinson was not only a prolific poet, but she was also a very industrious baker.  A few years ago, cultural historian Addeane Kelley came across a newspaper article that had a recipe for Emily’s “Black Cake”.

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Writer Alysia Abbott
3:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Fairyland: A Memoir of Her Father

Writer Alysia Abbott did not have the most ordinary of childhoods.

Her mother died when she was two years old, so she was raised by her father—a gay writer—in San Francisco’s bustling cultural scene of the 1970s.   Then the 80s saw the plague of AIDS sweep through her father’s community of friends.

Now, Abbott has written a memoir about her childhood, called “Fairyland”—and she’s also planning speaking engagements this weekend in Roanoke.  She hopes her story will spark more lead to more open minds and hearts about different lifestyles.

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War as a Metaphor for Change
4:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Fallen Snow

A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war. 

“The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set --both in a close knit, Appalachian Town-- and war time France.  John Kelley began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college in Blacksburg, thirty years ago.
 

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