Upper Big Branch story
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- St. Martin's Press has published a book about the Upper Big Branch Disaster titled "Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal."
Author Peter A. Galuszka grew up in West Virginia and worked for BusinessWeek, where he was Moscow bureau chief and international news editor.
According to a news release from St. Martin's Press, Galuszka "takes the reader behind the obvious ... detailing the drive for profits over safety, and resulting negligence, of Massey Energy."
The book will go on sale Sept. 18 for $25.99.
'Storming Heaven' at 25
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston novelist and playwright Denise Giardina will talk about her novel "Storming Heaven," published 25 years ago, at 2 p.m. June 24 at the MacFarland-Hubbard House. The house is headquarters of the West Virginia Humanities Council, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. Giardina's talk will conclude the council's Little Lecture Series for the season.
"Storming Heaven," about the beginnings of the West Virginia mine wars, won the Weatherford Award and was a Discovery Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Giardina, who grew up in a coal camp in McDowell County, now lives in Charleston and is writer-in-residence at West Virginia State University.