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Traces in the Margins

Andy Stauffer (University of Virginia)

We delve into the stories hidden in the margins of an endangered species:  library books.  A crowd-sourced project Book Traces is documenting the marginalia and inserts of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century books.

14 mins

Ferdinand the Cultural Icon

Sharon McQueen (Old Dominion University)

The children’s book The Story of Ferdinand was instantly controversial upon publication in 1936.  We hear stories about how Hitler, Gandhi and even Ernest Hemingway responded to the book’s pacifist message.

14 mins

A Burnable Book

Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia)

Murder, mystery, and poetry come together in the novel A Burnable Book – set in Chaucer’s London.

10 mins

Truth in the Fiction

Faulkner Fox (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

A new novel explores the complexity of race relations for southerners in the 1980s.

10 mins

Full Speed Ahead

Michael O’Donnell (University of Virginia’s College at Wise)

This professor has been teaching for nearly five decades and has no plans for slowing down.

3 mins

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