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Virginia Film Festival: ‘Mercy Street’

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Tara Summers

Cast members and a Civil War historian examined the role of women, getting into character, and wardrobe challenges. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Eighth Wonder: The Thomas Bethune Story, A Novel’ by A. M. Cal

A.M. Cal

"Eighth Wonder: The Thomas Bethune Story" is a fictionalized account of the life of the musical savant and slave who astounded his masters and became the first African American to perform at The White House. Read More »

Concert Review: New York Choral Society and Mannes Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC (April 8, 2015)

David Hayes conducts the New York Choral Society. Photo courtesy of the New York Choral Society

Conductor David Hayes paired memorial works by Paul Hindemith (WWII) and John Adams (9-11) in a revelatory concert. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War’ by Karen Abbott

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Would the history of the Civil War be different if women had not become personally involved in both spying and soldiering? Read More »

Book Review: ‘Southern Cross, Volume 1′ by Dorvall and Philip Renne

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This graphic novel is a beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking alternative history of the Civil War. Read More »

Interview: F.W. Abel, author of ‘Deeds of a Colored Soldier during the Rebellion, Volume 1: From the Beginning to Chickamagua’


"I hope this will appeal to young adult readers, as it is about a teenager functioning not only in the adult world, but one engaged in a bitter war." Read More »

Athena Film Festival Movie Review: ‘Rebel’

Maria Agui Carter, director of Rebel, the documentary film.

A woman fighting during the Civil War? What is the likelihood that she would have donned trousers and taken up arms to fight with the South or the North? Rebel, directed by Maria Agui Carter reveals how this could happen and in fact did relating the adventures of Loreta Velazquez based on her forgotten memoir, 'The Woman in Battle'. Read More »

Blu-ray Review: ‘Copper Season Two’


Cooper is a pretty good show, and it looks fantastic, so this three-disc set is worth checking out. Read More »

Interview with Alison Bruce & Kat Flannery, Authors of ‘Hazardous Unions’


Two writers discuss the art of collaboration and the writing life. Read More »

Washington’s Kool-Aid Cups Runneth Over

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Well, it finally happened. Both sides of the aisle in Washington have lost all perspective, not to mention what little, if any, common sense any of them might still retain. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner have each astonishingly announced their support of Obama’s request to Congress to intervene in the Syrian civil war, a move that makes no sense and ... Read More »