cultural Virginia Barbecue: A History Joseph Haynes, a Virginia native and award-winning barbecue cook, reveals his vast knowledge of barbecue in his book, Virginia Barbecue: A History. A certified barbecue judge, Haynes frequents the state promoting Virginia’s barbecue heritage, and in 2016, he even succeeded in convincing the Virginia General Assembly to designate May through October of each year as Virginia’s official barbecue season. In his novel, he argues that Virginians should be directly credited with the invention of Southern barbecue and sites examples such as the native Powhatan tribes slow-roasting food on smoldering coals and our own James Madison hosting grand barbecue gatherings during colonial times. Haynes even visits some of our very own local barbecue favorites in his novel, including The Barbeque Exchange in Gordonsville (host of the ever-so-popular “Porkapalooza” Festival) and Ace Biscuit and Barbecue in Charlottesville. Whether Haynes can convince the world that Virginia is indeed the home of Southern barbecue or not, it’s worth taking a drive around our delectable countryside to decide for yourself. Photos by Gail Haynes.
Alumna’s Book to Be Adapted for TV Thanks to acclaimed actor Elisabeth Moss, Mary Beth Keane, a 2005 alumna of UVA’s top-rated creative writing program, is about to have her second novel, Fever, featured on screen. The 2013 novel explores the life of Mary Mallon, the first known healthy carrier of typhoid – who came to be known as “Typhoid Mary.” Although Moss bought the rights to Fever not long after it came out in 2013, Keane had doubts it would ever go into production. Moss, currently staring in the everpopular series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” announced at the beginning of the summer that she will be producing an adaptation of the novel for BBC American and Annapurna Television in a limited series, and will also be playing the starring role. Both of Keane’s novels feature Irish characters, which Keane credits to being the first-born child of Irish immigrants. She and several of her classmates from UVA still exchange work to this day before sending their novels off to agents or editors. Photo of book cover Courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Photo of Mary Beth Keane by Nina Subin.
Published on Oct 27, 2017