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Post archive for ‘Literature’

Modern-Day Slavery
July 20th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  Most of us learned in history class that slavery in the U.S. ended with the Thirteenth Amendment. But the trade in human beings—for sex and labor—is actually the fastest growing criminal industry in the world today, and it’s happening just below the surface of our everyday lives. Author Corban Addison confronts human trafficking in […]

July 13th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

A tornado that devastated Fayetteville, Tennessee the week author Clint McCown (Virginia Commonwealth University) was born is the setting for his latest award-winning novel, Haints. The real-life tornado reached wind speeds up to 260 miles per hour and damaged or destroyed 1,820 buildings. Also: Biologist Wally Smith (University of Virginia College at Wise) fell in […]

From Combat to College
June 29th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

With the end of the War in Iraq, tens of thousands of soldiers have returned home, and many of them are going to college. But the transition to academia can be hard. Alexis Hart and Roger Thompson (Virginia Military Institute) are traveling the country, coaching professors on how to welcome and support veterans. And: Kurt […]

Butterfly in the Typewriter
May 11th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

A Confederacy of Dunces, by New Orleans-born John Kennedy Toole, is one of the great stories of American literature. Published almost 12 years after his tragic suicide, the book went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and became a modern classic. Cory MacLauchlin’s (Germanna Community College) new biography of Toole, Butterfly in the Typewriter, tells […]

Goodnight Moon!
March 23rd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

First published in 1947, Goodnight Moon has become one of the most popular books for young children. Yet the book’s author, Margaret Wise Brown, always wanted to write for adults. With Good Reason producer Kelley Libby tells the story of Brown’s life, from Hollins College to her tragic early death. Also featured: Opened after the […]

Black in Cuba
December 29th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Two years after his 1959 speech at the Havana Labor Rally Fidel Castro declared that the age of racism and discrimination was over. Geoffroy de Laforcade (Norfolk State University) and William Alexander (Norfolk State University) discuss the validity of Castro’s declaration in today’s Cuba. They are part of a program where students from Norfolk State University, […]

Sheer Good Fortune: Celebrating Toni Morrison
October 27th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in 1931. She was 39 when she published her first novel about a black girl’s painful coming of age in a white society. The Bluest Eye and many subsequent works have earned Morrison the highest accolades in literature and established her as one of America’s leading fiction […]

1619: The Making of America
October 13th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

1619 was the year the first Africans arrived on the North American continent. There were at least 20 of them and they came as slaves from Angola. But what’s often overlooked is the culture they brought with them. Many were Christians with European names like Jean Pedro and Angela, and some came from cities. Scholars […]

Furious Love
September 22nd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

No Hollywood marriage has ever managed to capture the world’s interest as much as the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The press scrutinized their every move, and the public couldn’t seem to get enough of their volatile romance. Nancy Schoenberger (College of William and Mary) is the coauthor of Furious Love: Elizabeth […]

King of Clubs
June 2nd, 2012 - (3 Comments)

In the “Great Golf Marathon of 1938” an eccentric Chicago stockbroker attracted international attention by wagering he could play 33 rounds of golf in just 96 hours in 8 different cities across America. Jim Ducibella (College of William and Mary) is the author of the new book King of Clubs, which tells the story of […]