CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Fascinating West Virginia" -- The Charleston Gazette's colorful account of Mountain State scandals, upheavals and oddities -- has been expanded into the newspaper's first digitized e-book, now available through Amazon.com.
The original printed book has sold about 1,600 copies. For the electronic version, seven new illustrated chapters were inserted by Editor James A. Haught, whose columns constitute the volume. Haught has been at the Gazette for 60 years, and has covered thousands of state events.
Additions include accounts of the bloody 1920s mine wars, the 1960 primary election that propelled John F. Kennedy to the White House, the Hawks Nest tunnel tragedy, the civil rights struggle that wiped out racial segregation in the Kanawha Valley, and the like.
West Virginia has enormous outmigration, with ex-residents in dozens of states. Many of those departed people feel nostalgia for their former home in the hills. The new Gazette e-book is designed to provide them a treasury of lore about their birthplace, while also serving as a West Virginia reference.
The electronic book can be ordered online for $9.99 by visiting Amazon.com and entering the title or author name.
KCPL adult reading club
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A news release from the Kanawha County Public Library reminds its patrons to make time for reading this winter. To encourage cold-weather reading, the library is offering an Adult Winter Reading Club beginning Tuesday at its branch libraries.
Club members register and are given a sheet of prize drawing slips. To win prizes, submit one book title each month by dropping the slips in the box at your local library between the dates on the slips. The program ends March 31.