The current issue (Volume 14) of the Journal of Southern Religion is out, and they have a very positive review of The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster, calling it “engaging and informative…bringing attention to an oft-overlooked historic event that served as “a major spiritual turning point for Richmond.”” On writing style they write: “Her vivid and dramatic prose allows the reader to smell the smoke in the air and hear the ensuing cries of “Fire!” that filled the theater that evening.”
You may read the entire review in full online. And here’s a little more about the JSR: “The Journal of Southern Religion is the first scholarly journal devoted to the study of religion in the American South. The journal is fully peer-reviewed, reflecting the best traditions of critical scholarship. It is an open-access publication, published free of cost in its entirety on the Internet.”
Each issue can also be read as an e-book on Kindle, tablets, and other e-readers. How fantastic is that? I am a big fan of open access scholarship, and I hope the future holds more journals like this, sharing quality historical scholarship widely. Meanwhile, I am honored that they reviewed my book.