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January 30, 2013

No. 13-1

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

The VVA Veteran's Books in Brief on the Web Posts 250th Book Review  

Washington, D.C.)--The VVA Veteran's Books in Brief on the web page, which was launched in May in 2011, just ran its 250th book review. Books in Brief is an online feature that complements the long-running 'Books in Review' column, which has appeared in The VVA Veteran, the national magazine of Vietnam Veterans of America, since 1986. Books in Brief on the web page can be found at: http://vvabooks.wordpress.com.

"Our goal is to review every newly published book of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that deals with the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans," said VVA Veteran Arts Editor Marc Leepson, who edits both "Books in Review" and "Books in Brief."

"A couple of years ago, we saw that we did not have enough space in the print edition of the magazine to give enough coverage to the burgeoning number of books we wanted to review, so we started the on-line column. Before, we were forced to run the briefest of reviews—sometimes just a sentence or two—in The VVA Veteran. Now we can run longer reviews on the web, and also include an image of the cover of each book."

"We're very pleased with Books in Brief on the web," said VVA Veteran editor Michael Keating. "The page gets about a hundred visits a day and is available to everyone on the Internet. It also allows us to publish in-depth reviews in the print edition of the magazine."

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”


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