The Journal of Transnational American Studies regularly posts excerpts from books they feel their readers should know about, and currently on their site they are offering a chapter from Brian Russell Roberts’s Artistic Ambassadors: Literary and International Representation of the New Negro Era. The excerpt may be read here.
Historian Tom Chaffin has contributed a piece to the New York Times‘ “Disunion” Blog on the Confederate raider, Shenandoah. Readers interested in further writing by Chaffin will want to check out his previous “Disunion” post, on abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which may be read here. They will also be happy to hear that next year we will be publishing Chaffin’s latest book, Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. The book chronicles Douglass’s historic lecture tour of Ireland, England, and Scotland. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when this book is released.
Lisa Russ Spaar is one of nine UVa faculty recognized for their “exceptional commitment to teaching.” Spaar, who also received the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize, is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the Poetry Writing Program at UVa and the editor of All That Mighty Heart: London Poems
Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos, authors of Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson’s Struggle to Save the University that Changed America, will be appearing at the Octagon House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 3, at 7:00. Complete details may be found here. The authors will be signing and reading from their book, which describes the early days of the University of Virginia and how its founder, Thomas Jefferson, nearly failed in transforming an often unruly campus into one of the nation’s finest universities.
Attention, book lovers, bargain hunters, and history buffs! Don’t miss the great deals at the University of Virginia Press Warehouse Sale. Thousands of first-quality books in Virginiana, history, literature, African American studies, founding fathers, the Civil War, and more will be on sale. Hours are Friday, September 27, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, September 28, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Press Warehouse, 500 Edgemont Road, three blocks west of McCormick and Alderman (driveway located off McCormick Road). For more information, please email email@example.com or call 434-924-6070.
In addition to being a devoted pilgrimage participant, Robert Sibley—author of The Way of the 88 Temples: Journeys on the Shikoku Pilgrimage—also happens to be a writer for the Ottawa Citizen. On the occasion of an upcoming author appearance in Ottawa City, Sibley’s newspaper took the opportunity to run a uniquely compelling excerpt from the book.