HookCast for January 25, 2007

Rolling Stone writer recalls 90s Charlottesville, Wedding funmag, Grisham to judge fiction contest

ON THIS WEEK’S COVER:
Love Is a Mix Tape: Rolling Stone writer recalls life, loss, and music in 90s Charlottesville
The two nationally known, Charlottesville-based rock critics were so inseparable that someone thought they were one person. But May will mark 10 years since the two were separated by death. Now, a new memoir by the survivor, Rolling Stone rock critic Rob Sheffield, remembers the mysteries of love, life, and music in Charlottesville in the 1990s. Lindsay Barnes sits down with Sheffield and some of the Charlottesville friends who know him best.

ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE:

Getting hitched: Our annual wedding funmag
It's our fourth annual "Getting Hitched" wedding issue and this time we've pulled out all the stops in this brand-new pull out format. The 52-page insert contains newlywed couples sharing the secrets of their Big Days, prominent Charlottesville couples telling the stories of their courtship, wedding professionals dishing on what happens when things don't go according to plan, and eight photographers share their favorite wedding shots and the stories behind them. Not just for brides, it's a wedding funmag inside!

Story zone: Grisham's our judge this year!
You've read stories by John Grisham, but now he wants to read your story! Yes, the world renowned author The Firm, A Time to Kill, and The Innocent Man is the judge of this year's Hook short story contest. Surely, the idea that one of the world's top-selling authors reading your work should be enough incentive to enter but there's also the $1000 in prizes! Entry details on page 11.
and
Don't walk: Buses replace guards at Hollymead
Albemarle County has long extolled the pedestrian-friendly walkability of its neighborhood model. That's why some parents of Hollymead Elementary students are flummoxed that the school has just yanked its crossing guards. Hollymead principal Carol Hastings says she got word from Albemarle police to send the guards packing, but on what grounds?

Plus:
• Buckingham boar preserve owner found guilty
* Which Hollywood filmmaker has bought the First Christian Church on Market Street?
* Why blues guitarist Eli Cook is our resident "Manish Boy"
* How to make sure your home is radon-free

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