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Book Notes: Feb. 12, 2012

By Staff reports

Fiction writer at MU

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock will read from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center on Marshall University's Huntington campus.

Published by Random House, Pollock's novel "The Devil All the Time" has been praised in reviews by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and others. USA Today wrote, "Donald Ray Pollock's terrifying new novel is an unsettling masterwork."

Pollock grew up in southern Ohio, in a hollow named Knockemstiff. He dropped out of high school at 17 to work in a meat packing plant, and then spent 32 years employed in a paper mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he still lives and teaches writing.

Other authors to appear at the Marshall University Visiting Writers Series include West Virginia writer Jayne Anne Phillips and poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick.

Interview on Hatfield-McCoy feud

CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. -- Keith Davis of Woodland Press was interviewed earlier this month for a documentary on the Hatfield and McCoy feud. The documentary will be broadcast on the History Channel in April or May.

The interview was conducted by Mark Cowen, whose films "Band of Brothers: We Stand Alone Together" and "Magnificent Desolation: Man Walking on the Moon" both were nominated for Emmys.

Raamie Barker, senior adviser to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, also was interviewed. Several books published by Woodland on the feud and on Logan County are being used as source material. For more information on the History Channel project, visit www.woodlandpress.com or www.thinkfactorymedia.com.


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