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Going on hiatus…

Mr. CvilleWords has taken a new job in New England, so the CvilleWords family will be spending the next several weeks getting ready to move. I have enjoyed hosting this blog SO MUCH. I have met so many COOL PEOPLE in the Charlottesville arts scene, and it’s been my IMMENSE PLEASURE to have some small part in supporting the literary community.

Charlottesville, I love you!

Best links for 11/14/2012

  • ‘Few people like to reflect on whether the Grim Reaper is hovering nearby, whetstone out, sharpening the old scythe. But on the obituaries desk, I’m afraid, we do it all the time. Indeed, one of our writers regularly appears at work after one of her subjects has died and notes wryly: “I see my curse has struck again.”’

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Best links for 11/10/2012

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Best links for 11/07/2012

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Best links for 10/24/2012

  • “The front of my house faces east, so in the mornings I like to sit in my library looking out the big floor-to-ceiling windows down the hill towards the road and to the waterway beyond. The sun pours in, the dogs vie with the cats for the warmest spots, I drink coffee and read and watch the procession of fishermen pull into the marina across the street with their Jon Boats on rusty trailers, their trucks filled with fishing gear and beer coolers. And now, they sometimes stop under my oak tree, and pick up a couple books to take with them out on the water along with their beer and their bait.”

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Best links for 10/16/2012

  • “Wiencek’s brilliant examination of the dark side of the man who gave the world the most ringing declarations about human liberty, yet in his own life repeatedly violated the principles they expressed.”

  • Eight days left to purchase!

  • “Ebooks are not going away, ever. Amazon now sells more ebooks than print books. In Canada, 16% of books purchased are digital. Ebook sales in the UK increased over 188% in the first six months of 2012. More and more people are consuming their books from a screen, and I’m having trouble mustering righteous anger about it–but if you stick your neck out and say the word “ebook,” you’ll still get people lobbing “those aren’t real books!” at you. Can this argument be over? Is it possible to think of your preferred method of reading as your primary method, and the other options as supplements/choices/possibilities, instead of thinking of them as the enemy? While I don’t necessarily agree that all reading material is equal (you’ll never catch me saying “at least they’re reading!”), I do think that all reading methods are equal.”While we’re at it, let’s get over texting, emoticons, email, and those disrespectful kids today. It’s the 21st century, people, let’s act like it!

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Best links for 10/12/2012

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Kathleen Ford at New Dominion Bookshop Friday, Oct. 12

From New Dominion Bookshop:

Friday, October 12, 2012, 5:30 PM

Our guest will be

Kathleen Ford

discussing her story

“Man on the Run”

recently published in

The Best American Mystery Stories 2012

“Man on the Run” is set in Ithaca, New York, and tells the story of two old ladies, and their long-lost niece, who is running away from an abusive boyfriend.  The story which harkens back to an event in the author’s father’s boyhood, shows how, even after a lifetime of fear, a person can be surprised by her own courage.  “Man on the Run” first appeared in  The New England Review, and now has just been published in The Best Mystery Stories 2012, a must-read collection, edited by the best-selling novelist Robert Crais, author of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels.


Kathleen Ford has published in Yankee, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, and  in Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly, Antioch, North American Review, New England Review, Sewanee Review and elsewhere.  Two of her stories have won PEN awards for Syndicated Fiction.  She has written a novel titled  Jeffrey County.  Kathleen lives in Charlottesville, and is currently writing stories about the Irish soldiers in World War I, and is completing a novel about the Great War.

JMRL Teen Poetry Contest

From the good folks at JMRL: Do you love to write poetry?  The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will hold its annual teen poetry contest from October 1 to October 27.   Contest forms and guidelines are  available at each branch library and online at  www.jmrl.org/teens.  Teens ages 12 to  18 can submit only one poem they have written.

Three winners will be chosen,  prizes will be awarded,  and the winners will be  eligible for entry in the annual teen poetry contest sponsored  by the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) library journal.

Children’s author Cathy May will be one of several judges.  Submission deadline is October 27.  Winners will be notified by mid-November.

Best links for 10/02/2012

  • ‘The show operates on a simple concept: each Wednesday, Delaney deconstructs a piece of Ulysses, usually for four to fifteen minutes. This will run, so the plan goes, for the next twenty-two years. An ambitious project, certainly, but I find that podcasting, especially literary podcasting, could always use a little more ambition. “Why?” Delaney asks of the show on its debut episode. “Well, why not? You could say, ‘Why bother?’ And I would say, for the sheer fun of it. Because this is a book that has engrossed and delighted me for most of my adult life, and I know the enjoyment to be had from it. And I also know that such enjoyment has been denied to many, many people who would read Ulysses if they weren’t so daunted by it, and indeed, who tried to read it but had to give up. How do I know this? Because I was one of them.” If this sounds a little like the script of an infomercial, Delaney embraces the sensibility, labeling Re: Joyce his “infomercial for Ulysses.” As far as eloquence — and erudition, not to mention richness of subject matter — he’s certainly surpassed Ron Popeil.’

  • “Tracing its roots back over close to 90 years to 1924, this survey of the best in book design represents perhaps the longest-standing legacy in American graphic design.”

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Words and Wine 2012 Tickets Now Available

Words & Wine 2012 Tickets Now Available

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, Glass House Winery will host the third annual Words & Wine, a fundraiser for WriterHouse.

Admission of $30 per person includes wine tasting, complimentary wine glass, light hors d’oeuvres, and one raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes generously donated by individuals and businesses! In addition, Glass House has generously agreed to donate 10% of bottle sales* during the event to WriterHouse. And, see the list of many other sponsors (coming soon).

Purchase event tickets and raffle tickets at WriterHouse during open hours (after August 3), mail a check to PO Box 222, Charlottesville, 22902 or online now via PayPal below. Tickets purchased by mail or PayPal will be held for you at the event. Please make sure we have your email address so we can confirm your purchase.

Can’t attend the event? Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of four huge prize baskets and three vacation destinations: France, Santa Fe, and Vermont.

via Words & Wine 2012 Tickets Now Available.

Cliff Garstang to read from new novel at New Dominion Oct. 4

What the Zhang Boys KnowCliff Garstang will be reading from WHAT THE ZHANG BOYS KNOW, his new novel in stories, on Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 pm at New Dominion Bookshop on the mall in Charlottesville.

The book is set in Washington DC and traces the intersecting lives of the residents of Nanking Mansion, a condo building on the edge of DC’s Chinatown. The book focuses on the Zhang family as they cope with the tragic death of Maddie, mother of the Zhang Boys, but the reader also meets all the Zhangs’ diverse neighbors.

Praise for What the Zhang Boys Know:

“A widower, a sculptor, a minor poet, an interior designer, and a painter are just a few of Clifford Garstang’s affecting characters, residents of Nanking Mansion, the setting for these deeply satisfying, life-affirming stories linked by neighborliness in a ‘not-quite-gentrified’ neighborhood. Garstang’s characters strive to transcend ‘the deep quiet of absence’ in the wake of all manner of devastations. They leave their doors unlocked, they console, they make room, they share what they have made of sorrow, so proving, as do these stories, the solace to be found in art.”

Christine Schutt, author of National Book Award-finalist Florida, and Pulitzer Prize-finalist All Souls


What the Zhang Boys Know has a dozen chapters, each one a vivid short story in itself. Garstang makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts. The lives of the inhabitants of a condominium in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown are told separately and as part of a web of entanglements. The entrances and exits are handled with the deftness of a French comedy, but the empathy of the author brings all the characters achingly alive. What the Zhang Boys Know is a wonderful and haunting book.”

John Casey, author of Compass Rose and Spartina, winner of the National Book Award


“Clifford Garstang presents one of the more memorable settings I’ve seen in any book, Nanking Mansion, a renovated tenement in D.C.’s Chinatown, filled with characters whose stories are more fantastic than they first appear. In prose that is measured and confident, he carefully works to show us how these characters’ grief and loneliness becomes unified by their collective setting to transform into something utterly beautiful and unforgettable. What a world Garstang has built for us, and how grateful I was to discover it.”

Kevin Wilson, author of Tunneling to the Center of the Earth and New York Times Best Seller The Family Fang


“In the tradition of the best volumes of linked stories, from Susan Minot’s Monkeys and Rand Cooper’s The Last to Go to David Schickler’s Kissing in Manhattan, Clifford Garstang’s What the Zhang Boys Know traces a graceful arc, as the meanings and moments in the stories accrue. Garstang’s inventive and original writing, a beguiling invitation to myriad subplots and destinations, offers what every reader desires: a lucid and satisfying experience of literature.”

Katharine Weber, author of Triangle, True Confections, and The Memory Of All That

Best links for 09/29/2012

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Best links for 09/12/2012

  • “There is an existing audiobook of Remembrance of Things Past, recorded between 1996-2000, but it is an abridged version that spans 36 CDs, whereas the new one clocks in at 120 discs that take 153 hours to get through. Recording the full, unabridged text took classical actor Neville Jason—winner of a diction prize from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art—45 days to complete.”

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Best links for 08/14/2012

  • “Well before any of these digital technologies, Théophile Gautier’s novel “Mademoiselle de Maupin” had already declared that “the newspaper is killing the book, as the book killed architecture.” This was in 1835. And Gautier was only one-upping Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre-Dame,” which, four years earlier, depicted an archdeacon worrying the book would kill the cathedral, and a bookseller complaining that newfangled printing presses were throwing the scribes out of work.”

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