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Summer Reading: Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book and Assistant Director Sarah Lawson launched the Shelf Life series of virtual author events in April in response to the need to escape the confines of pandemic life. VaBook has hosted discussions every Tuesday and Thursday since then, featuring graphic novels, romance fiction, true crime, historical nonfiction, literary fiction, […]

Summer Reading Relevant to Our Times

With summer in full swing, add these titles that creatively address race to your reading list. Patricia A. (Patsy) Goolsby, author-events coordinator at the UVA Bookstore, shares detailed reviews of three works of fiction. Check out Ms. Goolsby’s June 2019 and December 2016 Thoughts From the Lawn blog posts for more book recommendations. Do you […]

Calling All Parents: Books to Help You Raise a Reader

“Books can transform lives,” affirms Tisha Hayes as she shares a comprehensive and diverse list of children’s and young adult titles during National Reading Month. Hayes is Service Director, McGuffey Reading Clinical Services in the Sheila C. Johnson Center of Clinical Services and Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education and Human Development at […]

Take the 20/20 Reading Challenge

Take advantage of National Reading Month in March by joining the 20/20 Reading Challenge, brought to you by Abby Palko, Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at the University of Virginia, and her staff and students. Check out their recommended titles below, and browse the full 20/20 Reading Challenge list on GoodReads. Happy […]

Creche: Epiphany

As the holiday season comes to a close, the journey continues. Lifetime Learning shares the final poem in a seasonal series by Lisa Russ Spaar: “Creche: Epiphany.” Ms. Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of […]

New Year’s Eve

2020 is here and so are reflections about where we’ve been and where we are going. Lisa Russ Spaar gives us another thought-provoking poem for this holiday season: “New Year’s Eve.” Ms. Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College […]

The House of Hospitalities

Hospitality is a hallmark of the holiday season, and Kiki Petrosino describes a “hospitality that moves, in language and memory, across generations” in her commentary on Thomas Hardy’s poem, “The House of Hospitalities.” Ms. Petrosino is a Professor of Poetry in the Department of English Creative Writing Program in the College and Graduate School of […]

Advent Madrigal

It’s a season of anticipation as UVA faculty poet Lisa Russ Spaar illustrates in her poem, “Advent Madrigal.” Ms. Spaar is Professor and Director of Creative Writing and Director, Area Program in Poetry Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. Lifetime […]

Seasons Change Before We’re Ready

Just as autumn wanes and winter draws near, so do the seasons of our lives ebb and flow. Debra Nystrom, Professor of Creative Writing in the Department of English in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, gives us the poem, “Seasons Change Before We’re Ready.” We welcome […]

Books for the holidays: To give, and to get you through

The holiday shopping frenzy is in full swing! For the readers on your gift list, or for your own escape from the noise, check out these book recommendations by Sarah Lawson, Assistant Director, Virginia Center for the Book with Virginia Humanities. We welcome your comments below!   It’s the time of year when you’re searching […]