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Author S. Paul Klein at the New Dominion Bookshop

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Apr 162008

Accidents of Time and Place by S. Paul KleinS. Paul Klein developed his talent for creating images out of words in a career as a radio performer and a filmmaker. Now he has entered the literary world with a new novel, Accidents of Time and Place.

Hector Collin, the hero of the novel, is a veteran of the Korean War and a victim of the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s. Accidents of Time and Place tells the story of his journey from infamy to redemption. Join Paul Klein as he reads from his novel at the New Dominion Bookshop on April 10, 2008.

Apr 132008

Hardscrabble by Kevin McFaddenOn Friday, April 11, 2008, poet Kevin McFadden spoke to a capacity audience at the New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville. McFadden read from his book, Hardscrabble, a Poetry Series Selection of the Virginia Quarterly Review.

McFadden’s poetry delights in wordplay and in finding new meanings in well worn words. Join him as he reads from Hardscrabble.

Apr 082008

Fiction favorites Homer Hickam (Red Helmet), Adriana Trigiani (Big Stone Gap), and Jill A. Davis (Girl’s Poker Night) delighted a full house at the University of Virginia’s Culbreth Theatre on Thursday, March 27, 2008, as part of the 14th annual Virginia Festival of the Book.

What do these three authors have in common? Besides being very entertaining, they share one degree of separation with a famous American funny-man. You’ll have to listen to the audio to find out who!

Apr 072008

How can you tell whether a novel will be a good selection for your book club? In this podcast, three popular authors tell what makes for a good group read. Listen in as James Collins (Beginner’s Greek), Jill A. Davis (Girls’ Poker Night, Ask Again Later), and Therese Fowler (Souvenir) discuss Reading Group Choices with moderator Barbara Mead.

Apr 072008

In this podcast, we join Jennifer Ackerman (Sex, Sleep, Eat, Drink, Dream), Michael Sims (Apollo’s Fire: A Day on Earth in Nature and Imagination), and Susan Freinkel (American Chestnut: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree) as they discuss natural history, science, and the interlocking life cycles of humans, other organisms, and the Earth itself. The discussion was a presentation of the Virginia Festival of the Book on Friday, March 28, 2008, in the City Council Chambers. Susan Tyler Hitchcock is the moderator.

Apr 022008

On Wednesday, March 26, UVa’s Culbreth Theatre played host to “In Search of Irish America,” a presentation of the Virginia Festival of the Book. Peter Quinn, author of Looking for Jimmy, was joined by author and filmmaker Daniel Cassidy, New York Times columnist Dan Barry, author Maureen Dezell, and journalist and filmmaker T. J. English. The four panelists conducted a lively inquiry into the role of Irish-Americans in history. They concluded their presentation with a song before adjourning to McGrady’s Irish Pub.

Mar 272008

The 14th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book kicked off on March 26, 2008 with an event held in the McIntire Room at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. In the next fifty minutes, you’ll hear the winners of the Hook’s short story contest, proclamations from local officials, and more. The event begins with Robert Vaughan, president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Read more at the Hook and at cvillewords.com.

Mar 092008

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On Thursday, February 28, 2008, author Andy Straka spoke at the New Dominion Bookshop about his newest novel, Record of Wrongs. Straka gave a description of the characters and plot of his book, which is a departure from his mystery series featuring private investigator Frank Pavlicek. He discussed the research behind Record of Wrongs, including the real-life events that lend credibility to his fictional account.

Straka was recently in the Hook’s Hot Seat.

Mar 012008

On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, author Susan Gregg Gilmore spoke at the New Dominion Bookshop about her writing career and read from her debut novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen. She then answered questions from the audience about the novel and her writing process. Gilmore concluded her presentation by answering the most pressing question of all: Just what is a Dilly Bar?

Jan 302008

In 1989, Rob Sheffield moved to Charlottesville. It was here that he met and married Renee, “a real cool hell-raising Appalachian punk-rock girl.” They shared a love of music that they expressed by making mix tapes for every occasion.

Tragically, and suddenly, Renee died at the age of 31. Sheffield has written the story of their love and his grief as evoked by the music of their years together. The result is Love is a Mix Tape. On Tuesday, January 22, 2008, Sheffield appeared at the New Dominion Bookshop to read from his memoir. He also took questions from the audience about the book and his life with Renee.

Jan 192008

James Collins is a former editor at Time, and has contributed to the New Yorker, among other magazines. He grew up in New York City, but he and his family now call Charlottesville home. On January 15, 2008, Collins appeared at New Dominion Bookshop to read two passages from his first novel, Beginner’s Greek. He also took questions from the audience on topics ranging from his influences to how much of his own life experiences entered into the work.