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Scholar David Kiracofe to sign and discuss his new book on Thomas Jefferson

Poet Mary Martin to read Out of Nowhere a poem that connects “adult orphans”


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Nov. 4, 2008) – Tidewater Community College history professor David Kiracofe and writing instructor Mary L. Martin will appear at TCC’s Barnes & Noble bookstore in MacArthur Center, Norfolk, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, to sign and read from their respective work.

Kiracofe’s hardcover book, Thomas Jefferson: A Public Life, A Private Life, was recently published as part of Nova Science Publishers’ “First Men, America’s Presidents Series.” It relates both well- and little-known facts about the nation’s third president. While many people would recall that Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, many would not know that he claimed to dislike holding public office. That he would have preferred to run his farms and enjoy his collection of over 6,000 books, which helped start the Library of Congress.

Kiracofe researched Jefferson during his doctoral work on treason law in revolutionary America – Jefferson pursued traitors as governor of Virginia and then as president. 

Martin’s poem, “Out of Nowhere,” will appear in The Poet’s Domain, Vol. 24, published by Live Wire Press, Charlottesville, Va., due out this month. The competitive selection process included work by poets from North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

Written shortly after her mother’s death, “Out of Nowhere” offers solace and spiritual connection to others, says Martin, who also serves as learning communities coordinator at TCC’s Portsmouth Campus. Her work appears regularly in a local anthology, Skipping Stones (Mindworm Press).

For more information about the books and the authors’ appearances, contact Barnes & Noble at TCC, 625-3459, or the Information Center, 822-1122.


Laurie White
Media Relations

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