Midwife pens first novel
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Patricia Harmon's novel "The Midwife of Hope River," published by William Morrow Paperbacks, will go on sale Aug. 28.
The Morgantown woman has spent more than 30 years as both a lay midwife and a nurse midwife. She has written about her experiences in two earlier memoirs.
In her first novel, a publisher's news release says, "Harmon explores one of the most tumultuous times in American history and the challenges that the Depression, Prohibition and the West Virginia coal wars brought to an already struggling Appalachia."
The Library Journal describes the novel as "an uncommonly good piece of American historical fiction," and Kirkus writes, "Midwives are warriors in this beautifully sweeping tale."
Harmon will launch her debut novel at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Morgantown Barnes & Noble, 3000 University Town Centre Drive.
History of W.Va. Capitol
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former statehouse reporter for the Charleston Daily Mail has written a history of the West Virginia Capitol.
Jim Wallace, author of "A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State," said his paperback book also serves as a guide for visitors "to the many artistic features of the building and its campus. The Capitol is a masterpiece from the legendary architect Cass Gilbert, but state officials began deviating from his plans before the building was finished."
This year is the 80th anniversary of dedication of the Capitol.
Wallace spent two decades covering state government as a newspaper and radio reporter. He is senior counsel for public relations for TSG Consulting in Charleston.
The book, published by the History Press in Charleston, S.C., is available at local bookstores and online for $14.99.
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