Marion Post Wolcott, “Tobacco Barns and Cigarette Advertisements,” 1940.
Growing the Cigarette
Growing the Cigarette is a revisionist history of tobacco in the twentieth century that takes farmers, government officials and citizen-activists as its main characters. By looking beyond “Big Tobacco,” Sarah Milov demonstrates that, paradoxically, smoking was a product of an expanded vision of the state, and that the politics of anti-smoking were born of an […]
African American photojournalist Ernest Withers at the King Memorial March in Memphis 1968 - Photo by Jack Hurley, Courtesy Univ Memphis Special Collections
Telling Untold Stories
VFH Fellows Investigate the Lives of African American Trailblazers
These three fellows—of the dozen typically in residence at VFH during an academic year—are each at work on a biography of a relatively unknown figure whose story illuminates an era.
2016 Voices of Adult Learners writer Briana Chrispin - Photo by Chip King
A Culture of Literacy
The Virginia Festival of the Book and Adult Learners
by Sarah Lawson In “Where Are You Going?” Briana Chrispin describes how, for her, attending school as a kid had little to do with learning. “[S]chool was just a place where teachers talked a lot about things I hardly understood,” she writes. “A place I enjoyed friends and absolutely looked forward to recess and lunchtime.” […]
Removed to Watsini
A Brief History of Cherokee Printing Between 50 to 90 percent of the world’s total languages are anticipated to be extinct by 2100. Cherokee is one of them. Join book artist and VFH Fellow Frank Brannon as he describes the history of Cherokee printing, and an artist/scholar’s efforts to support the revitalization of an indigenous […]
The Story Behind Hidden Figures
VFH grant helps tell the story of NASA’s human computers.
In 2014, VFH awarded a grant to support the documentation and make accessible the stories of the women—black and white—who served as “human computers” at NASA. That story has since been turned into a major motion picture, Hidden Figures.
Natasha Trethewey on Native Guard
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection Native Guard, where she confronts the complex racial legacy of her native South. Tretheway was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, the daughter of a mixed-race marriage, which was illegal in the Mississippi of that era. Her mother was an African […]
Book Artist, Frank Brannon. Courtesy of Frank Brannon.
Print Your Own Language
Book Artist and VFH fellow, Frank Brannon, will discuss his work supporting Cherokee language revitalization through letterpress printing. Brannon will also exhibit the recently completed work of student printmaking artists from Southwestern Community College, NC.