Book Festival: Cool On All Fronts
It may have been the coldest Virginia Festival of the Book in its nineteen-year history: March 20-24, 2013, was unseasonably chilly and ended with a bit of a blizzard. Perfect book weather, really…all you wanted to do was stay inside, listen, or read. The celebrated March event came in with a liftoff and went out […]
Book Festival Author Confronts Human Trafficking
The trade in human beings—for sex and labor—is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today, and it’s happening just below the surface of our everyday lives. Festival of the Book author Corban Addison believes sex trafficking can be defeated.
The Chevy vegetating at Moyock Muscle, early 2010
The Life of a ’57 Chevy
There are thirteen people packed between the covers of Earl Swift’s book-in-progress, but the star is a ’57 Chevrolet Townsman wagon. Auto Biography tells the true story of the car and its many owners.
A peek inside the amazing miniature book Amanda Nelsen created as a response to the deluge of credit card offers arriving in her home. She has included bits of the actual offers as inclusions in her handmade abaca paper.
Finding inspiration in junk mail and credit card solicitations, Amanda Nelsen created a unique miniature book. VABC’s Josef Beery tells the story behind this book, which will be on display at the VABC and UVa’s Special Collections Library.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel: Unearthing the Past on the iPad
Fall 2011 fellow Mary Lyons published the results of her fellowship in Dark Passage: The Virginia Blue Ridge Tunnel (2012). For this book, she went the digital route: the book was released through iTunes, for reading on the iPad.
Temples of Antiquity
Sally Toms (Sweet Briar College), thoughtfully assembled this short video about her experience at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center. In it, Josef Beery shares his thoughts why letterpress is capturing young imaginations in the digital age.
The Secret Lives of Porgy and Bess
The gift of a first edition of the novel Porgy led to VFH Fellow Kendra Hamilton’s discovery that the fictional hero was, in fact, a real person and that her grandmother knew him. Hamilton hopes to reveal this man’s story and its implications for our time.
Catching up with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey
Trethewey discusses her poet laureate appointment, her poetry, and the Virginia Festival of the Book. Her poem “Enlightenment” was recently featured in a commemorative broadside produced by the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.
“Lost Communities of Virginia” Get the Spotlight
VFH grant recipients Terri Fisher and Kristen Sparenborg were recently honored with Preservation Virginia’s 2012 Outstanding Historic Preservation Research Effort Award for their research project aimed at discovering the “lost communities” of Virginia.