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.
Matt Paxton signs copies of The Secret Life of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter at the Virginia Festival of the Book. - Photo by Jeanne Siler
The Human Side of Hoarding
“Hoarders are good people who are struggling with difficult issues. To move toward recovery they need love and help, not ridicule,” wrote Matt Paxton in the foreword of The Secret Life of Hoarders, one of the new releases presented to the attendees of the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Putting the Pressure On @ VABC
In the early years of the nineteenth century, as the industrial revolution ignited the imaginations of the handyman inventors of America, dozens of patents appeared for new machines which used various techniques for using pressure to put ink on paper. They replaced the screw with various combinations of levers, joints, and toggles which provided so much pressure that even the new cast iron frames could be cracked by excessive use.