I produce an event that celebrates short stories by Virginia writers. I picked up Mattaponi Queen, hoping to find something I could feature, and I did. Of the twelve stories in the collection, "Jonas," about a middle-aged woman who comes to terms with her husband's desire to have a sex-change operation, is my favorite. It is gentle, lyrical, and has so much heart it almost beats. The other stories are finely wrought, and succeed to varying degrees. While I applaud Bogg's language and the specificity of place,"Deer Season," which opened the collection and acts as a sort of prologue, seemed more of a snapshot than a story. The rest are quietly efficient. They get the job done without fanfare or highjinks, and when done,I felt like I visited a place I enjoyed, but had no compelling reason to return.