Library of Virginia Literary Award Nominee

The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster is one of the nominees for the Library of Virginia’s 2013 award for nonfiction! There is a large field of nonfiction writers this year, and nominees include award-winning historians like Robert Louis Wilken, Scott Nelson, Cynthia Kierner, and Jon Meacham. Also on the list: Sissy Spacek, whose memoir Read more about Library of Virginia Literary Award Nominee[…]

RTF Nominated for VA Literary Festival Award

“The Richmond Theater Fire” has been nominated in the nonfiction category for the 16th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards!  Finalists are chosen around July, and the festival itself is in October. For more information about the October Virginia Literary Festival (with readings, workshops, and special events), visit their website at

Fall Media Coverage!

This fall, look for my articles about digging for archival treasure in the Library of Virginia’s Broadside Magazine and the changing Episcopal church (of the 19th century) in Touchstone Magazine. Also the glossy Belle Magazine in Richmond will be doing a “Style and Substance” interview with yours truly in the October issue. Also, CHOICE (a Read more about Fall Media Coverage![…]

Sell-out Crowd at the Library of Virginia Talk!

The March 15th book talk at the Library of Virginia (LVA) was a fantastic experience for a first-time author! As proof that the Richmond Theater is still an intriguing topic to Virginians, we filled the lecture hall with somewhere in the neighborhood of 125 people. (When I arrived an hour early, people were already coming Read more about Sell-out Crowd at the Library of Virginia Talk![…]

New Talk: Library of VA, March 15!

Brand new lecture at the Library of Virginia, this Thursday, March 15! We’ll discuss post-fire recovery in Richmond. How did Virginians recover after such a horrific event? After we follow the survival story of Louis Hue Girardin, we’ll look at some documented treatments for the emotional, spiritual, and medical distress that Virginians suffered post-Theater fire. Read more about New Talk: Library of VA, March 15![…]

RTF Book featured on

The Richmond Theater Fire book (and the March 15 Library of Virginia speaking engagement/ Monumental Church tour) are featured in a new cover story. Author Jennifer Pullinger interviewed me about the initial research and writing of the book, which was fun to recall. She also went with the classic “theatre” spelling in the title. Read more about RTF Book featured on[…]

Richmond Times-Dispatch Author Events for Feb/March

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has posted their author events calendar for the next month. Meredith Henne Baker and The Richmond Theater Fire are up at the Library of Virginia on March 15th! If you’re in the Richmond area, take a look and see what’s coming up–lots of interesting talks at different venues… and the Virginia Festival Read more about Richmond Times-Dispatch Author Events for Feb/March[…]

March 15th Library of Virginia Event Posted!

The Library of Virginia has recently posted the details about my book talk on Thursday, March 15, 2012. There will be tours of nearby Monumental Church (the location of the Theater fire and the site of a memorial to the victims) before and after the 12pm book talk. I think that’s such a creative idea, Read more about March 15th Library of Virginia Event Posted![…]