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March 6, 2021 / Joanne Yeck

Slate River Press

The Virginia Titles

While titles published by Slate River Press can be found for sale in various museums, library gift shops, historical societies, and bookstores in Virginia, they are always available online at Braughler Books.

Interested in Chicago’s night life during the Roaring Twenties and the history of entertainment?  The Blackest Sheep is for you!  Available at Braughler Books and on Amazon.

Visit my author website and read my blog about the writing of The Blackest Sheep.

Click here: Joanne L. Yeck.

August 14, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Available Now: The Blackest Sheep


From the dawn of the twentieth century through postwar prosperity, The Blackest Sheep spans over sixty years of Chicago’s past, charting its evolving nightlife before, during, and after Prohibition through the history of one of Rush Street’s best-loved and most enduring nightspots, Club Alabam.

This new look at Chicago after dark weaves together three fascinating biographies: the forgotten legacy of multi-talented Dan Blanco, who introduced European-style cabaret to the city; the untold story of the ill-fated beauty Evelyn Nesbit’s tumultuous nightclub career; and the effervescent Gene Harris’ rise from headwaiter to the owner and personality behind Club Alabam.

Rubbing shoulders with gangsters, bootleggers, drug dealers, jazz musicians and leggy showgirls was an occupational hazard, enough to label anyone the “black sheep of the family.” As Blanco, Nesbit, and Harris’ bids for adventure, survival and—sometimes—success prove, the escapades of even the blackest sheep can shock, inspire, and ultimately delight.

This groundbreaking look at Chicago’s entertainment history includes over forty illustrations.

Available online at: Braughler Books and Amazon.

April 13, 2019 / Joanne Yeck

Praise for Slate River Press


Without a doubt, Yeck truly provides her readers with much more than lessons about Buckingham’s history. She offers them a connection, a bond, with the people who made this community what it is today. . . .

Tana Knott, The Farmville Herald


While doing research, Yeck had the opportunity to get to know her Virginia cousins. Being only the second person in her family to be born outside Virginia since 1617, returning to the state felt like a homecoming for her. She fell in love with both the county and its residents.

Heather Harris, Rural Virginian


Joanne Yeck writes beautifully and is an instinctive storyteller. 

Carlos Santos, Publisher, Valley Publishing


Ms. Yeck is to be commended on what can only be described as a herculean effort to resurrect lost Jeffersons from the mists of time. As a result, we have not only an understanding of these folks, but also of the southern United States in a far distant and important time in our development as a nation. Well written and comprehensive, it is a must for anyone interested in American history.

Charles Culbertson, historian


“Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville & Lost Jeffersons” should be on every Virginian’s bookshelf.

Sue A. Miles, Buckingham Beacon


March 30, 2018 / Joanne Yeck

New From Slate River Press




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Learn more about the descendants of Randolph Jefferson. . . .

Peter Field Jefferson: Dark Prince of Scottsville follows the rise and fall of Randolph Jefferson’s most successful son. Nephew to President Thomas Jefferson, Peter Field proved that at least one member of the family had a head for business. The story of his life parallels that of the changing cultural landscape of the James River’s Horseshoe Bend across seven decades—rising from virtual frontier to the establishment of Scottsville in Albemarle County, through the building of the James River and Kanawha Canal, and culminating in the early months of the Civil War. Jefferson’s success as a self-made man is tainted with great personal loss, making his story a distinctively American tragedy.

Lost Jeffersons is a collection of essays which follows descendants of Randolph Jefferson and their kinfolk. Their fates reveal, in part, the genetic decline of one branch of the Jefferson family. A microcosm of Virginia’s gentry, multiple generations of cousin marriage resulted in a concentration of undesirable traits—including alcoholism, idiocy, and insanity—compromising individuals who might otherwise have led productive and useful lives.

April 7, 2017 / Joanne Yeck

Slate River Ramblings

What to read while you are waiting for the next book from Slate River Press?


Photo by Joanne Yeck


Visit Slate River Ramblings, a blog by Joanne Yeck.

Explore the past in Buckingham County, Virginia and its environs.



June 7, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

Braughler Books

“At a Place Called Buckingham”
The Jefferson Brothers
“At a Place Called Buckingham” ~ Volume Two

Now available online at Braughler Books.  Visit soon!


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March 29, 2015 / Joanne Yeck

“At a Place Called Buckingham” ~ Volume Two

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“At a Place Called Buckingham” — Volume Two once again collects a dozen essays depicting the people and places of Buckingham County, Virginia. Details gleaned from newly discovered county records, contemporary newspaper accounts, and private collections result in a marvelous mosaic of life at the very heart of Virginia. Meet the proprietors of 19th-century hotels and health resorts, ferry operators, educators, stewards of the poor, planters and their slaves, the hard-working men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and notables whose influence reached far beyond the county. A bonus section, “Maysville Gallery,” features photographs made in 1933 as part of the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.

Purchase online at the Braughler Books Store.

August 25, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

New Author Website

Photo by Connie Geary

Photo by Connie Geary

Announcing a New Website for Slate River Press Author Joanne Yeck

Please visit Joanne L. Yeck and discover her writings about Hollywood, Virginia, and beyond!


September 6, 2013 / Joanne Yeck


The Jefferson BrothersMARK YOUR CALENDAR

Join author Joanne Yeck for the following book talks and signings:

October 1st: Library of Virginia, Noon, Richmond, Virginia

October 5th: Baine’s Scottsville, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Scottsville, Virginia

October 8th: Monticello Museum Shop, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Monticello, Virginia


April 18, 2013 / Joanne Yeck

Available Online at Braughler Books


“Local Authors & Artists”

On Saturday, May 18th, Dayton, Ohio’s Metro Library will host local authors, musicians, artists, and filmmakers at the Main Library.   The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. – Noon in the auditorium.

Slate River Press author, Joanne Yeck, will be there with “AT A PLACE CALLED BUCKINGHAM” and THE JEFFERSON BROTHERS.

Come downtown and drop in!