Celebrate 200 Years of Monumental Church in Richmond!

Historic Richmond Foundation is hosting a party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Monumental Church, the memorial to the Theater fire victims. According to Richmond Magazine: the “Oct. 2 event hosted by the Historic Richmond Foundation (HRF) is entreating ticket holders to “party like it’s 1814” — the year that Monument Episcopal Church first opened for Read more about Celebrate 200 Years of Monumental Church in Richmond![…]

The Richmond History Podcast features Monumental Church

“History Replays Today” features Monumental Church during their April series, and you can listen to it here! (for free!) It is also available via itunes. Richmond.com made this podcast a special feature on their site Let’s let them introduce it: “On this episode, Leslie J. Naranjo, Director of Preservation Services for Historic Richmond talks about Monumental Church.  Monumental Read more about The Richmond History Podcast features Monumental Church[…]

Richmond’s WTVR (CBS) Features Monumental Church Restoration

WTVR (Richmond’s CBS channel) focuses in on some of the fantastic renovation work going on at Monumental Church this year, just in time for its 200 year anniversary. Click here for the 2 minute clip on one of the the least-known but most renowned monuments in Virginia’s capital city. The goal is to bring the church Read more about Richmond’s WTVR (CBS) Features Monumental Church Restoration[…]

“Interpretive Challenges” blog visits Monumental Church

Emmanuel Dabney works at the Petersburg National Battlefield and blogs about historical topics and historical preservation at Interpretive Challenges. I haven’t yet posted to his coverage of Monumental Church, but it’s worth a read.  Dabney was in attendance during my talk at the Library of Virginia (thanks for coming!), and toured the church afterwards. He Read more about “Interpretive Challenges” blog visits Monumental Church[…]

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 http://www.literaryva.com/.

Meredith in Richmond’s Belle Magazine

  Belle is a fun fashion & style glossy that I pick up at newstands whenever I’m in Richmond. It’s part of the StyleWeekly magazine family that covers the arts and entertainment world in Virginia’s capital. This October, Belle Magazine featured me and the Richmond Theater fire book in their “Style & Substance” section! They Read more about Meredith in Richmond’s Belle Magazine[…]

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”[…]