Literature Julia Reed at Monticello As part of Garden Week and Topics on Monticello (TOM), lifestyle author Julia Reed visits Monticello April 24 to give a talk on Southern entertaining. After her talk, Reed, the author of six books and contributing editor at Garden & Gun and Elle Décor, will sign copies of her latest book, Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long. In her book, Reed presents 11 Southern-style events, including a feast in honor of Thomas Jefferson’s contributions to American cuisine. Reed traces her evolution as a “disciplined home cook,” from her roots in Greenville, Mississippi, making cocktails for her father, to her career as a journalist-turned-food writer in D.C., and New York before settling in New Orleans. The book is a collection of Reed’s entertaining suggestions, including her favorite Southern food and décor suppliers, like Charlottesville’s Erika Jack, whose calligraphy is on display for “The Visiting Dignitary Dinner.” Tickets for Reed’s talk are required. The $65 price includes the book signing and a private reception afterwards. Photos of Julia Reed, the book cover and book images by Paul Costello, Courtesy of the Rizzoli New York Publicity Department.
Grisham Takes Us to Camino Island John Grisham’s latest novel, Camino Island, is sure to be another best seller for the prolific novelist and Charlottesville denizen. In Grisham’s 30th title, the theft of five handwritten F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from the Princeton Library (which does in reality house Fitzgerald’s papers) takes readers into the murky world of book collecting, rare books and intrigue. FBI investigators and secret investigating groups sprint into action to track down the treasured documents. Meanwhile, a young woman on her own quest to find the missing manuscripts looks into the suspicions surrounding a bookseller. Grisham and his wife Renee came up with the plot together during a drive to Florida, discussing their love of rare books and special bookstores. Camino Island will make a great beach read and addition to the Grisham collection, but for those who are used to the release of his books in the fall, no cause for alarm: Grisham, who claims he’s “not yet” experienced writer’s block, will be releasing his next book, a legal thriller, then. Photo of book cover Courtesy of Doubleday. Photo of John Grisham by Billy Hunt.
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