The Future of the Book Review

The attendee at last Sunday’s “The Future of the Book Review” who said with happy surprise, “I really thought that this would be a doom and gloom session!” probably did not speak for herself alone. After all, this is a vocation radically transformed in recent decades by the overflow of electronic media. Only one American newspaper still has a stand-alone weekly book review section in print, and the space it allots reviews has been cut, and cut again, over the last several decades.

Historians Writing Fiction outside the Academy: Elizabeth Elliott Reflects after the Session

Historians can take a wide variety of career paths, from policy to public history and beyond. The 129th annual meeting has already hosted many sessions showcasing the nontraditional career tracks many of our colleagues have chosen. “Historians Writing Fiction: Outside of the Academy,” held on Saturday morning in the Hilton’s Sutton Center, featured three successful fiction writers who decided to leave an academic trajectory to pursue their craft independently.

Andrea Cremer, author of the bestselling Nightshade series; David Coe, an award-winning fantasy writer; and Laura Kamoie, who writes romance and historical fiction under the pen name Laura Kaye, had all earned doctorates in history before deciding to pursue fiction writing full-time.

Five History Books Recommended by You

Last Thursday we asked: “What book or author has had the longest running impact on you?” You quickly responded with great feedback on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, providing over 50 suggestions (see them all by clicking those links). Today, we’ve pulled out just five of your book picks... Article By: Elisabeth Grant

Vaulted Treasures: Digitized Medical Books from UVA

How exciting to enter the vault at the University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and experience the treasures that lay within. But for those who can’t make the trip to Charlottesville, just make a stop online to view high quality digital images from 50 books in the collection. Article By: Elisabeth Grant