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Mark Saunders

It is with deep sadness that we share the announcement of the passing of Mark Saunders, Director of the University of Virginia Press. We at the Press are both saddened and shocked by Mark’s unexpected passing; we know these feelings will be shared by many people throughout the publishing world. His great expertise and unique and remarkable character will be profoundly missed and inspire us always.

The Other Front

John Buchanan's 1997 book The Road to Guilford Courthouse, which relayed the early stages of the southern campaign is one of the most celebrated Revolutionary War histories of the past few decades—and yet Buchanan has only now published The Road to Charleston: Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution, which finishes the story in a (literally) triumphant fashion.

Trump: Take Two

With his new book, Trump: The First Two Years, presidential scholar Michael Nelson takes on Donald Trump's second year in office. Nelson agreed to answer some questions about this unique chronicle of a president, around whom there is never a dull moment.

End of Discussion

Journalist Hawes Spencer, author of Summer of Hate: Charlottesville USA, has been following the leadup to the trial of James Fileds and, after posting to social media a meme that seems to incriminate Fields further, has been banned from Facebook.


University of Virginia Press is proud to take part in University Press Week's blog tour, an excellent tradition that reveals the great variety of work published by university presses and provides a unique round-robin reading experience.

The Making of a President

Most writing on Abraham Lincoln focuses on his presidency and the Civil War, a time of intense, sustained tension. In his major new biography Becoming Lincoln, however, William Freehling has chosen to explore Lincoln's life before the war—to show Lincoln's early experiences came together uncannily to form the person who would one day lead the country through its most bitter chapter.

A Lonely Business

Remember the sense of discovery as a young person, reading one book after another? Do you ever wish books could affect you in that way again? So now let's say you're a prominent English professor and author of several books of your own.

Jeffrey Meyers Knows People

If you consume biographies, chances are you have read something by Jeffrey Meyers. In his latest book, Resurrections: Authors, Heroes—and a Spy, Meyers presents chapter-long biographies of some of the personages who have fascinated him the most. He agreed to answer a few questions about his latest book and its extraordinary cast of characters

Your Statewide Beer Crawl

Lee will be making appearances in support of his new book Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age at a number of breweries over the coming weeks and months. The schedule, which you can find below, constitutes a great statewide beer crawl. Please join Lee at one of his many stops for a beer and a book.

Reporting from Charlottesville

The front line of the racial violence last year in Charlottesville is not where anyone wanted to be. Placed in that position, however, journalist Hawes Spencer provided an invaluable service to his community, and indeed the whole country, by filing an urgent series of reports for the New York Times. We felt Spencer, a national voice who is also part of this community, was the right—and only—choice to author Summer of Hate: Charlottesville USA.