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As many of you know by now, our director, Mark Saunders, passed away suddenly last month. The weeks since his passing have been painful for those of us who worked with Mark and valued not just his leadership but his friendship. The world keeps moving, however--Mark would have been less surpised by this than anyone--and as we continue on at the the Press, we drafted a letter to our authors and the many people with whom we do business to update them on where we are in regard to number of issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. You have spent much of your life illuminating literaure for others. One could say you have reading down. Then you are struck by an illness that robs you of most of the things you enjoyed in a very active life. Is it any wonder that Jane Tompkins—to whom this very chain of events happened—found herself turning to books?

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

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