Veteran book signing
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jamie Summerlin, author of "Freedom Run: A 100-Day, 3,452-Mile Journey Across America to Benefit Wounded Veterans," will hold a book signing and author event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Taylor Books. Iraq war POW Jessica Lynch will appear with Summerlin.
"Freedom Run" tells of Summerlin's 2012 transcontinental run and the stories of courage and determination from the U.S. veterans he met along the way.
As Marine Corps veterans, both he and his wife wanted to recognize the men and women who defend the country. Summerlin captured the attention of sponsors to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and other veteran-based charitable organizations during his run.
Lynch, a wounded veteran from Wirt County, wrote the book's foreword. "He will tell you it was just a small sacrifice to honor the commitment of our veterans, many of whom returned broken or did not return at all. But Jamie sacrificed so much to ensure America's veterans were appropriately honored," she writes.
Summerlin will tour the country with "Freedom Run" and participate in several marathons and community races this year. The book is available at local and online bookstores and from Fitness Information Technology. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit veteran-focused charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.freedomrunusa.com.
SMITHERS, W.Va. -- Dale Payne will sign copies of his book "A Journey Home" from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Christian Family Book Shoppe in Smithers.
Payne's book is a historic and photographic tour of the Southern West Virginia counties of Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers.
The 177-page book with hundreds of photographs has special sections on early coalfield baseball teams, Appalachian baptisms and Fayette County's prehistoric mysteries.
Payne is a retired state trooper and a magistrate. "A Journey Home" retails for $25.