March 15th, 2012 issue #1111

March 15th, 2012
  • Bar talk: Happily-divorced relationship cartoonist tells all

    In the middle of a phone interview, Nick Galifianakis suddenly tells a reporter to hold on, and he starts speaking in Greek— to his mom, who's visiting from Greece. Family is ever-present with this guy. In North Carolina, the name Nick Galifianakis is well known as a former U.S. congressman. That would be our subject's namesake uncle. And throughout cinema-going America, the comedic talents of Zach Galifianakis also are well known. That would be Nick's cousin.

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  • Best o' the book fest: May we suggest...?

    March means bibliophilia in Charlottesville. That's how much of an institution the Virginia Festival of the Book has become as it readies for its 18th annual book-athon. Whether your interests are hoarding, after-life experiences, or serial bad relationships, the March 21-25 fest with 222 events and nearly 400 participants is likely to have the proverbial something for everyone. Browsing the festival schedule to come up with 10 recommendations, the Hook somehow ended up with nearly 30 items in its book bag.

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  • Brennan's 223: County planner turns historic image-finder

    At 34, historical preservationist and UVA grad Eryn Brennan knows Charlottesville almost as intimately as a decades-long resident. As co-author of Images of America: Charlottesville, Brennan’s research was beyond thorough. “We searched through over 15,000 images from 30 different collections over a period of about four months,” Brennan says, who wrote the book with Margaret Maliszewski. “We then spent the next three months researching information for the 223 images we chose for the book.”

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  • eSuccess: How Jenny Gardiner bypassed the publishers

    When we wrote about Jenny Gardiner back in 2008, she'd just published her first book, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, a chick-lit title that she marketed like mad. For all her efforts, and despite a pair of print runs that she thinks topped 30,000 copies, Gardiner received a grand total of $165 in royalties from Dorchester Publishing before the company filed for bankruptcy.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Biggest backlash: Culpeper Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Close abruptly resigns March 12 after a federal judge reverses a capital murder conviction against Michael Wayne H...

The Dish


Question of the Week

Real Estate - $old

  • Short sale boosts buyer's value

    1/19/12 Albemarle Commodore Real Estate LLC to Mid-Atlantic Pizza Restaurants LLC, 1718 Seminole Trail, $558,660 Christopher B. Hawkins & Melissa A. Deane to Rodney ...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    March 19 at noon at the Charlottesville Circuit Court Property: 501 Rockland Avenue Debtor: Charlotte J. Gibson Original amount owing: $168,750 Bidder brings: 10 percent sa...

Movie Reviews


  • Table of contents

    COVERBooked!It might have hit 80 degrees this week, but you're sure to see more jackets than ever in days to come– book jackets! The Festival of the Book is upon us, ...




Black and White

  • What remains...

    Oaks in East McIntire Park. Two groups I'm involved with, the Charlottesville Tree Commission and the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards, will celebrate Arbor Day in Forest...