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The Only Way In
Published to coincide with the National Park Service's 100th anniverary—being celebrated this week—National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape looks at the history of the parks' vast network of roads. Authored by NPS historian Tim Davis, the book reveals how roads have been the crucial element not only in creating iconic views but the access for millions of people to enjoy the parks. Davis agreed to answer a few questions about his book and the fascinating story it tells.
Charles Dew on Diane Rehm Show
In his latest book Charles Dew provides an unfiltered view of the ruthlessly segregated world in which he grew up and how he escaped it. The Making of a Racist shows, from the inside, how a culture of racism is passed on from one generation to the next, contaminating even the lives of otherwise decent people—people who in some regards might remind us of our own families. Dew recently discussed his book on the Diane Rehm Show.
The Vice President Problem
Perhaps an infamous president deserves an infamous vice president. Richard Nixon's running mate, Spiro Agnew, has almost as tarnished an image in modern American history as Nixon himself. Through a series of events that eerily foreshadowed the president's own eventual exit, Agnew was forced to leave office in October of 1973 after charges of tax evasion. Less than a year later, Nixon would resign over the Watergate scandal. In a fascinating piece just posted on the Atlantic web site, Miller Center scholar Nicole Hemmer looks at the Nixon/Agnew team, revealing a complex and flawed relationship.
Your Guide to Savannah
Published in association with the Society of Architectural Historians, the celebrated Buildings of the United States series (BUS) has been covering the history of the built world in America, state by state. The latest title to emerge from this collaboration, however, looks at a single city in depth. Buildings of Savannah is the first volume in the SAH/BUS City Guide series. We caught up with lead author, Robin B. Williams, to ask a few questions about the book.
James Salter: The Invisible Miles
If you haven’t read any books by James Salter, should you read these lectures first? Maybe. Certainly the first one, “The Art of Fiction.” You would get a sense of his voice, of his rhythm–his perfectly timed abruptnesses, which are agreeable surprises–that is, you agree to stop and let the echo clarify. . . .
Nothing Escapes Jeffrey Greene
Jeffery Greene's latest book, In Search of Wild Edibles: A Forager's Tour, has been in the works for awhile. As he was writing this account of a life spent locating food in the unlikeliest spots, Greene sent us vignettes that we posted online—including the story of the elusive, and delicious, pied de cheval oyster as well as some helpful advice on how to introduce more seaweed into your Thanksgiving meal—and these were met with delight by readers who appreciated not only Greene's recipes and stories but the fact that he had begun foraging long before foodie culture had popularized it. Greene has prepared a video trailer for the book and was kind enough to answer some questions about his experience combing the land for wild edibles.
Virginia Festival of the Book
For one week each spring the Virginia Festival of the Book turns Charlottesville into a mecca for book lovers. This year’s gathering—set to kick off Wednesday, March 16—brings together literally hundreds of writers, including, as usual, many UVA Press authors. We’re posting a list of our authors’ events below. You can find a complete list of events at the festival web site.
Lesley Francis on her Grandfather, Robert Frost
Lesley Francis, author of You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost, will be making several appearances in the coming weeks and months to talk about her book and her experiences with her famous poet grandfather. In a starred review Booklist has called You Come Too "altogether extraordinary."
The House Below the Hill
One of the most infamous episodes in American history, the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been studied in almost obsessive depth, but the subsequent executions of 19 innocent people has been relatively poorly documented. A research group known as the Gallows Hill Project has now proved conclusively, however, that the deaths by hanging were carried out not on the ominously named hilltop itself, as many had supposed, but on an area farther down the slope, called Proctor’s Ledge. The fact that the spot now stands next to a Walgreen’s drugstore, illustrating uncannily two extremes of American culture, is just one of the reasons that major news outlets such as the Washington Post and the Huffington Post have picked up on the story. But this discovery provides certainty to a story that has been plagued with rumor and mystery for three centuries.
Meet the Poets, Take 2
For University Press Week we introduced you to two of the contributors to the latest edition of our annual poetry anthology, Best New Poets: Fifty Poems from Emerging Writers. In that interview, both poets discussed how they became writers, poetry’s place in the modern world, and their favorite work by other poets. In this follow-up we wanted to give them the chance to discuss their contributions to the Best New Poets book and to share the poems themselves. Last week we spoke to Tiana Clark. Our second poet is Emily Vizzo. The poem under discussion appears at the bottom of the post.