CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marie Manilla, of Huntington, will sign copies of her novel "Shrapnel" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at Taylor Books.
She is a graduate of West Virginia University, Marshall University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her collection of stories "Still Life with Plums" was published by WVU Press in 2010. Her latest novel, "The Patron Saint of Ugly," was just purchased by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will be published in spring 2014.
Valerie Neiman, author of "Blood Clay," wrote this about "Shrapnel":
"From the opening pages, where we find Bing Butler selling off the remnants of his life at a yard sale, 'Shrapnel' takes us on a journey through the reshaping of the American family and American community. Texan, veteran, workingman, husband -- the life that Bing Butler had imagined for himself has exploded, and he will have to assemble a new one from the shards, far across the country in West Virginia, a place known only through jokes and stereotypes. This crotchety Candide will be led astray and will experience terrible, ordinary betrayals on his way to a future he'd not imagined. This is a sensitively wrought first novel with characters you'll long remember."
Find more about Manilla's work at www.mariemanilla.com.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Letha Judge, a West Virginia native, has published a book of poetry titled "Reflections of the Soul."
Judge attended West Virginia University-Parkersburg where she studied journalism and creative writing. Her book is available online from www.createspace.com/3953394, amazon.com and on her Facebook page.
Vote for Reel Teens
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Voting starts Monday in the Kanawha County Public Library's Reel Teens Book Trailer Contest.
Teens have been working all summer writing and filming their own trailers for a favorite book, using live action, animation, puppetry or any other form of filmmaking.
Visit the library's website at www.kanawhalibrary.org to view the entries and to vote. Voting ends at the close of business on Sept. 10.
Cash awards will go to the top three vote-getters: $100 for first place, $50 for second, $25 for third. Winners will be announced Sept. 12. Prizes are provided by the Friends of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County.