March 22nd, 2012 issue #1112
March 22nd, 2012
- In Hollywood, everybody has a screenplay. In Charlottesville, apparently everybody has a short story, at least judging by the 141 people who entered the Hook's 11th fiction contest— nearly double the number of those who participated just three years ago. We're still trying to analyze whether this is a trend, but the Hook's short-story judge, John Grisham, a former lawyer-turned-writer, picked lawyers-turned-short-story-writers as two of the three winners of this year's contest. Yet none of the winning stories had courtroom scenes.read more
- Trenton, New Jersey1979 This story... It's the 1st place winner in the 2012 Hook Short Story contest. Also by this author: • "First Church" by John Davidson John Davidson took second place in the 2010 short story contest with "First Church," which contest judge and mega-author John Grisham lauded as "haunting and frightening."read more
- Around 2007, Kathleen Russo, widow of monologuist Spalding Gray, approached author Nell Casey about writing Gray’s autobiography. Gray, who committed suicide in 2004, spent his career publicly, nakedly chronicling his life in monologues like Swimming to Cambodia. Casey asked herself: Had Gray already said everything onstage? The answer: a resounding no. The journals showed her that there much more than the man's famous monologues. “It wasn't possible for Gray to chronicle or confess all aspects of his life publicly," says Casey, "but privately he did so.”read more
- Former Washington Post columnist Donna Britt has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. So why, in her household with three healthy sons and a husband, is such an acclaimed writer the one walking the dog, doing the laundry, and emptying dirty dishes from the sink? And why does her reaction manifest itself in what she calls The Death Look?read more
- Best-selling author Eleanor Brown is a book festival’s ideal guest: a voracious reader from a family of voracious readers who writes about voracious readers. Brown’s first novel, The Weird Sisters, follows a Shakespeare scholar’s three daughters as they return to their Ohio hometown when their mother is stricken with cancer. Though Brown’s book has a cast of bibliophiles and is peppered with Shakespearean references, literature was mainly a springboard for the true heart of the book: the shifting relationship of the titular sisters and their parents, she says.read more
4Better Or Worse
- Biggest ouster: The Fluvanna Board of Supervisors fires five department heads March 14 following wage increases that were made without the board's knowledge. Canned are p...
- Calypso, the new Caribbean restaurant, cafe, and bakery that opened last week, probably has the most secure wine cellar in Charlottesville— the vault left behind by a ban...It's the plight of many a harried family: how to provide healthy meals while juggling the demands of jobs, school, sports, and other time-devouring extracurriculars. Enter ...Related story Chow Bella: Rome-inspired restaurant to open in March The bar will be complete, the tables and chairs set up, and the staff ready to debut Bella's. T...The sixth Charlottesville Restaurant Week took place in late January, but the savory flavors linger– especially for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which learned this ...
- By Tony Perrino Warfare is as old as humanity. Since the beginning of civilization, people have fought one another, justifying their aggression as a matter of surv...
Real Estate - $old
- 2/16 Charlottesville R.L. Beyer Construction, Inc. to Marga Bushara, 228 Huntley Avenue, $351,224 Barry R. Sisson to Hai Chon Lee, 1708 Cedar Hill Road, $266,000 2/17...
Real Estate - On the Block
- A recent article on BusinessInsider.com lists several reasons why renting may be a more attractive option than owning in today’s market. Renters don’t have to come up w...
Real Estate Property auctions
- March 23 at 5pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 1641 Brightfield Place Debtor: Daniel S. Chen and Susan B. Broadwater Original amount owing: $229,50...
- The Hunger Games Director: Gary RossStarring: Stanley Tucci and Jennifer LawrencePlaying: Seminole~PG-13 - 142 min.
- For a band rooted in tradition, Charlottesville-based alt-country act Sons of Bill have taken an unusual path to their new album and upcoming set of shows. Not only did the...
- COVERFree manAfter serving a dozen years behind bars for a murder he may not have committed, 31 year-old Michael Hash is home with family as the law enforcement officials w...
- Previous stories • Battle ready: Seven-story West Main transformation begins • Tricky thing: Battle building merges with West Main
- The General Assembly adjourned March 10— without a budget, which some might consider the most important reason communities send legislators to Richmond. Nonetheless, legi...Related stories • Indigence plea: Halsey Minor's assets don't include cash • Free at last? Govt-owned bank wins control of Landmark hotel • Minor filing: Hals...Someone who parked in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse got an expensive lesson about the sanctity of the judge's parking space.Related story: Chip Harding: Sheriff made hash of case against Hash. Less than a month after a federal judge tossed the capital murder conviction of Michael Wayne Hash, w...Related stories • Unsilenced: How this mother fought to protect her daughter... and yours • Long gone: How UVA lost Pat Collins • How UVA turns its back on rape
Black and White
- There are a vast number of residential properties around the former Martha Jefferson Hospital that were upzoned to B-1 during the time the medical center occupied the neig...