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A Game Changer
Chronicling one of the great personal journeys of the nineteenth century, Tom Chaffin's new book Giant's Causeway: Frederick Douglass's Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary is the most penetrating look yet at Douglass's lecture tour of the British Isles and how it changed the great abolitionist's thinking and his life. Joan Walsh has written an uncommonly insightful review of the book for Salon. (The piece has also been posted to the Chicago Sun Times site.) Walsh praises Chaffin's book as a "vivid social and intellectual history" that illuminates Douglass's feelings about Irish issues that in turn shed invaluable light for him on human rights. She adds that she wishes she'd had a history like Chaffin's to consult when she was writing her own, best-selling book. Tom Chaffin will be lecturing and signing books at the Atlanta History Center on February 18. He has just published a piece on Douglass on the Irish Times web site.
Nash Shares his Message
Stephen Nash appeared on WLJA's NewsTalk to talk about his new book Virginia Climate Fever: How Global Warming Will Transform Our Cities Shorelines, and Forests. The generous amount of time allowed Nash to move past sound bytes and explain his book's urgent message.
'Rock Creek Park' Author Events in D.C.
There are worse ways to spend a Sunday afternoon than at the Natural History Museum in Washington, and on December 7, author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley and photographer Susan Austin Roth will be at the museum to sign copies of their new book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild Wooded Heart of Washington D.C. A few days later, on December 11, Choukas-Bradley and Roth will give a presentation on the book at the Woodend Sanctuary of the Audubon Naturalist Society.
The Art of Collaboration
When a theme of University Press Week turned out to be “collaboration,” we naturally thought of Chasing Shadows, a publication that originated in the research done at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and would go on to involve not only the print side of the UVa Press but its electronic imprint, Rotunda.
The Politics of Emancipation
The Emancipation Proclamation strikes us now as not only necessary but one of the most inevitable acts in American history. In his new book, Lincoln's Dilemma: Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era, historian Paul Escott shows that emancipation was no foregone conclusion and was a balancing act among many interests. In other words, it was politics. Professor Escott agreed to answer a few questions about this pivotal chapter in American history
We are remembering Bernard Mayes, who passed away on October 23 at the age of 85 after one of the most engaged lives imaginable.
The Civil War Comes to Vermont
One hundred and fifty years ago, on October 19, 1864, a band of Confederate raiders attacked the small Vermont town of St. Albans in Franklin County. To mark the anniversary, we're pleased to post the historic overview of the city and its architecture, together with one of the associated building entries, drawn from the award-winning Buildings of Vermont volume by Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson and from SAH Archipedia.
James Salter, one of the last men standing from the grand postwar era of American novelists, is the first Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia. What this means for fiction fans in the Charlottesville area is three opportunities in October to see Salter speak on the craft of writing. The first lecture will be Thursday, October 9.
75 Years for Pope-Leighy House
The 75th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighy House, one of the famed architect's few works in Virginia, will be celebrated at Woodlawn Mansion in Alexandria on Sunday, September 28. Steven Reiss, author of the new Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighy House, will read from the book and answer questions.
The Great Emancipator as Politician
President Lincoln had to move deftly even within his own party to formulate, and finally push through, his Emancipation Proclamation. Salon is featuring an excerpt from Paul Escott's new book, Lincoln's Dilemma, that provides an inside look at the fascinating political maneuverings