The Journal of Southern Religion Reviews “The Richmond Theater Fire”

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 Read more about The Journal of Southern Religion Reviews “The Richmond Theater Fire”[…]

RTF Book Makes the List: “Best of the Literary Hill 2012”

On Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., our local paper is the “Hill Rag,” and every month the “Literary Hill” column reviews books by Hill authors or about Hill topics. This December is they listed their “Best of the Literary Hill 2012” list, celebrating the “year’s best creations by authors who are your neighbors,” And The Read more about RTF Book Makes the List: “Best of the Literary Hill 2012”[…]

“RTF” wins 2012 Best First Book Award from Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honorary founded in 1921, has awarded The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster with their 2012 Best First Book Award.  I am sincerely honored to be this year’s recipient: the Best First Book Award is, as the award letter reminded me, a “prestigious and highly competitive honor.” Read more about “RTF” wins 2012 Best First Book Award from Phi Alpha Theta[…]

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![…]

Drumroll…..the Virginia Magazine Review is in!

Usually if an author gets tears in her eyes reading a review of her book, that’s a sign that things aren’t going well. Usually. So today an intern at LSU Press forwarded me a PDF excerpt from the August 2012 Virginia Magazine of History and Biography in which they reviewed my book. I just sat at the table Read more about Drumroll…..the Virginia Magazine Review is in![…]

WFLO Live Morning Show Interview! Listen Here.

I had a fun interview on July 11th with Chris at the WFLO “Call Flo” morning show. He’d obviously read the book thoroughly, had some great questions, and had an impressive grasp of the book’s content.  He ended the interview by giving the book a solid endorsement. Thanks for the interview, Chris, and I hope Read more about WFLO Live Morning Show Interview! Listen Here.[…]

“Valley Thunder” Author Reviews “Richmond Theater Fire”

Charlie Knight, Virginia author of Valley Thunder: The Battle of Newmarket reviewed The Richmond Theater Fire on his blog this July. You may read it here, but here’s a sample: “It is surprising to me that given the importance of the theater fire in Richmond’s history that it took more than 200 years after the Read more about “Valley Thunder” Author Reviews “Richmond Theater Fire”[…]

Richmond Times-Dispatch Reviews RTF: “An Important Chronicle”

Today, June 3rd, the Richmond Times-Dispatch launched its Virginia Book Notes section with a look at The Richmond Theater Fire. In a very positive review, Jay Stafford remarked that the story was told in “vivid detail” and wrote “her book…serves as an important chronicle of a tragedy that marked — and changed — Richmond.” As Read more about Richmond Times-Dispatch Reviews RTF: “An Important Chronicle”[…]

1st Amazon Review…and it’s 5 stars!

Well, The Richmond Theater Fire has its very first review on Amazon.com. It’s five stars, and in case you were wondering, no, I don’t know the reviewer! (He’s part of Amazon’s invitation-only review team.) Here’s an excerpt: With expert skill and story telling ability author Meredith Henne Baker takes us on a tour of early Read more about 1st Amazon Review…and it’s 5 stars![…]

WETA’s “InReads” blog features Richmond Theater Fire book

Washington DC’s influential public radio and television presence WETA has featured my Richmond Theater Fire book on their InReads blog today! And yes, that’s WETA sticker I’m sporting on the back of my Ford–I’m a supporter and a big fan. (Try their streaming classical channel.) And I’m glad I found InReads. They feature interesting cultural and Read more about WETA’s “InReads” blog features Richmond Theater Fire book[…]