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Virginia Festival of the Book Showcases W&L’s Talents

— by on March 22nd, 2017

Three members of the Washington and Lee community will see their literary work highlighted this week at the Virginia Festival of the Book, in Charlottesville.

First up is Domnica Radulescu, the Edwin A. Morris Professor of Romance Languages at W&L. She makes her appearance on Friday, March 24, at 4 p.m., in the session “Fiction: Exploring Others and Ourselves.” Domnica has published three novels, “Country of Red Azaleas,” “Black Sea Twilight” and “Train to Trieste.”

On Sunday, the session “ ‘Speaking in Faces’: Virginia’s Typographical Treasures Published” will include Bonnie Bernstein, who is married to Hank Dobin, professor of English at W&L. Along with Lucas Czarnecki and David Shields, Bonnie will talk about the type-specimen book of Virginia’s largest public collection of metal and wood type holdings. Furthermore, Yolanda Merrill, who retired from W&L as a humanities librarian, is in charge of binding the book.

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a popular program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The VFH’s founding president, Rob Vaughan, is a member of the W&L Class of 1966. Last year the university gave him an honorary degree for his distinguished career in service of the humanities. Vaughan is retiring this year after 43 years with VFH.