Biography

Virginia Festival of the Book 2006

March 21, 2006
By
Virginia Festival of the Book 2006

This week (March 22-26), Charlottesville hosts the Twelfth Annual Virginia Festival of the Book. This free event features readings, panels, and discussions with authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals. Four of our authors will participate: Joel Agee, translator of Hans Erich Nossack’s The End: Hamburg 1943 will appear on an "Individual Voices" panel on March 24, noon, at UVa Wilson Hall Auditorium, Room 402, (UVa Central Grounds) Johanna Drucker, author of Sweet Dreams will explore how artists draw inspiration and materials from popular culture on March 22, 2 p.m., at the UVa Art Museum, Pine Room (UVa Central Grounds) Louise W. Knight, author of Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy will appear on the "19th Century Women: Biography" panel on March 25, noon, at New Dominion (404 E. Main Street) Lawrence Weschler, author of A Wanderer in the Perfect City: Selected Passion Pieces will interview comic artist Art Spiegelman on March 25, 8 p.m., at the Culbreth Theatre (UVa Central Grounds). Weschler will make a second appearance, lecturing on modern art on March 26, 1:30 p.m., at the Culbreth Theatre (UVa Central Grounds) Read an excerpt from The End. Read an excerpt from Sweet Dreams. Read an excerpt from . . .

Read more »

Review: Carlo Rotella, Cut Time

February 22, 2006
By
Review: Carlo Rotella, Cut Time

Carlo Rotella’s Cut Time: An Education at the Fights, chronicles his immersion in the fight world, from the brutal classroom of the gym to the spectacle of fight night. Cut Time was recently reviewed in the Columbus Dispatch: "Like venerable boxing writer W. C. Heinz (The Professional), Rotella studies the ring event to discover its meaning rather than burying it under a load of preconceived significance in the manner of Norman Mailer (Advertisements for Myself). Even so, Rotella remains aware that fight writing is not primarily ‘an account of what happened’ but ‘an expression of what a fight or fighter means to a writer.’" Read an excerpt. . . .

Read more »

Author Event: Ronne Hartfield

February 17, 2006
By
Author Event: Ronne Hartfield

On February 21, Ronne Hartfield will discuss and sign Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family as part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Black History Month celebrations. The event is free and open to the public. Spanning most of the twentieth century, Another Way Home celebrates the special circumstance of being born and reared in a household where being a woman of mixed race could be a fundamental source of strength, vitality, and courage. Read an excerpt from the book. Visit our black studies catalog. . . .

Read more »

Review: Louise W. Knight, Citizen

January 31, 2006
By
Review: Louise W. Knight, Citizen

Alan Wolfe recently reviewed Louise W. Knight’s Citizen in the New York Times: "Knight’s book is what the Germans call a bildung, an account of how a person’s character is formed. As it happens, Knight’s decision to focus on Addam’s early years is a stroke of genius. We know a great deal about Jane Addams the public figure. We know relatively little about how she made the transition from the 19th century to the 20th. In Knight’s book, Jane Addams comes to life.… Knight’s book is filled with fascinating detail about everyday life at Hull House, from the way residents were selected, to the fundraising difficulties that emerged as Addams exhausted her personal wealth, to an absorbing account of Addam’s life as a Chicago garbage inspector. Knight’s extensive research and straightforward narrative allow readers to watch Addams gain self-confidence, survive a breakup with Starr and the formation of a new relationship with Mary Rozet Smith, wrestle with her desire to help immigrants even as she disdains much about their way of life, and try to establish democracy at Hull House while remaining reluctant to cede control of its destiny.… Knight, an independent scholar, has something in common with . . .

Read more »

Search for books and authors