“Charlotte’s Story,” by Laura Benedict

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Charlotte’s Story (Pegasus Crime, 2015), by Laura Benedict, takes your classic Southern gothic novel and spices it up a notch with a whodunit. If you like gothic and mystery, this spooky tale is sure to entertain. The story takes place in 1957 in Old Gate, Virginia, on a picturesque estate complete […]

“Here and Again,” by Nicole R. Dickson

Reviewed by Jessi Lewis Here and Again is the story of the widow Virginia (Ginger) Martin, the repercussions of her husband’s death in the Iraq War, and how her loss is a repetition of grief from other generations. Through Ginger’s familial struggles with her three children, the reader is introduced to the parallels of loss. […]

February Read of the Month: “Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War,” by Elizabeth Varon

Reviewed by Miles Smith, IV Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War offers the first cultural, political, and social history of the Army of Northern Virginia’s surrender at Appomattox Court House. Elizabeth Varon’s elegant narrative, provocative argument, and skillful use of sources make this work an interesting addition to the […]

“Spare Change,” by Bette Lee Crosby

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan Award-winning author Bette Lee Crosby is a prolific writer who has penned six novels in the last six years. Her latest work of fiction is Spare Change, the story of a troubled orphan and an independent older woman. Susanna Doyle dreams of becoming a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in […]

Meet John Milliken Thompson, Author of The Reservoir – SLR August Read of the Month

     SLR selected John Milliken Thompson’s The Reservoir as the August Read of the Month. The book has received extensive praise among literary circles and the author is being recognized as “one to watch.” SLR contributor Philip K. Jason recently interviewed John Milliken Thompson about this exceptionally crafted novel and his journey as a debut […]

The Reservoir, by John Milliken Thompson

Click to Buy   The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson Reviewed by Philip K. Jason      The world that Mr. Thompson creates in this astonishing novel has many centers of interest. It is a story of passion, of family feeling, and of spiritual testing. It is a crime story with meticulous development of trial procedure, […]

Lynchburg College Thornton Writer Residency

Lynchburg College Thornton Writer Residency  Deadline: October 15, 2010   www.lynchburg.edu/thornton.xml A fourteen-week residency at Virginia’s Lynchburg College, including a stipend of $12,000, is awarded annually to a fiction writer for the fall term and a poet or creative nonfiction writer for the spring term. The residency also includes housing, some meals, and roundtrip travel expenses. Writers […]

Eighth Annual James River Writers Conference

Eighth Annual James River Writers Conference October 8 – October 9 Library of Virginia in Richmond This conference includes meetings with agents, lectures, and panel discussions featuring poets Temple Cone and Joshua Poteat, fiction writers Clifford Garstang and William Henry Lewis, and editor Heather Lazare of Three Rivers Press. The cost of the conference is […]