(2004-2012): An Anthology &
SOFIA M. STARNES
Editor Poet Laureate of VA 2012-14
Foreword by Charles Steger, President - Virginia Tech Contributors: Betty Adcock, Fred Chappell, Kelly Cherry, Rita Dove, Claudia Emerson, Cathryn Hankla, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Edward Lull, Kevin Everod Quashie, Sofia M. Starnes and Charles W. Steger.
THE BLUE RIDGE
ANTHOLOGY 2013 Poetry & Prose by
Central Virginia Writers
Contributors: Janice Bowen, Robert Brickhouse, Rick Britton, Amanda Cockrell, Phyllis Anne Duncan, Donald Fowler, Clifford Garstang, Jody Hobbs Hesler, Bonnie Liss Holmberg, Sarah Collins Honenberger, Paul F. Johnson, Gary D. Kessler, Jean Lancaster, Marc Leepson, Linda Levokove, Lena Cantrell McNicholas, Sigrid Mirabella, Walter Nicklin, Deborah Prum,Sara Robinson, Elaine Ruggieri, Randy Salzman,Marilou Schunter, Joanne Catherine Scott, Elizabeth Doyle Solomon, Matthew Stowell, Jack Trammell, Leonard Tuchyner, J. Holley Watts, Amelia L. Williams, Lauvonda Lynn Young, and cover photography by Anna Quillon
This first book by WILLIAM A. TALLEY, JR., William Henry Talley (1847-1910): A Life of Duty & Devotion, chronicles the life of his grandfather as realized from a 19-century daybook and collection of old family letters.
Paperback 80 pages
(REVIEW) "Many thought-provoking lessons can be gleaned from the life of an average 19th-century Virginian. How did he survive the Civil War and Reconstruction? What did he treasure the most? In A Life of Duty and Devotion we have the wonderful biography of William Henry Talley, a Fluvanna County everyman who fought in Mosby's Rangers--one of the Civil War's most famous outfits--then after the war attended Virginia Military Institute. Briefly afflicted with 'Texas Fever,' as were so many Virginians, Talley returned home to care for his mother and siblings. It's a touching story--a tale of struggle during one of the Old Dominion's most difficult periods."
--RICK BRITTON, author of the award-winning Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler
GARY KESSLER'S new mystery novel, What the Spider Saw, is our most recent release. The foundation of the story is an historical and legendary murder case that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1904 and is spun into a current-day fictional drama with many parallels.
SARA ROBINSON'S first collection of poetry, Two Little Girls in a Wading Pool, was released January 1, 2012. Sara says her poetry didn't evolve until later in life, but she was writing poetry as early as age 8. (Sara Robinson, age 8, pictured at top of page.) In this first collection, Sara shares the milestones of her life beginning with her childhood in Elkton, Virginia, and her observations of small town life, accented by memories of her travels and dreams of far away places, to settling in Charlottesville.
ANDY STRAKA'S mystery and crime fiction novel, A Witness Above (with Bonus Falconry Primer for Teens) is book one in the Frank Pavlicek Mystery Series. It has been adapted for teen readers from an original version written for adults. The book is part of the author's 2012 outreach mission to encourage more teens to read, especially boys, and to foster discussions about teen issues better resolved by developing leadership skills. Like Frank Pavlicek in the book, the author is a falconer and makes author appearances with his Harris hawk. The "way of the hawk" provides a wealth of life lessons (and fun) for ALL ages.