Book Notes: Feb. 10, 2013
New 'Introvert' edition
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Laurie A. Helgoe, a clinical assistant professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, has published a second edition of her book "Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength."
In the second edition, psychologist (and introvert) Helgoe, teaches introverts how to gain energy and power through reflection and solitude, live fulfilling lives, and challenge the extrovert-centered biases in society.
According to a news release, "Introvert Power" is a blueprint to help introverts take full advantage of each day, while helping extroverts better understand the introverts in their lives.
Helgoe has written five books and a Psychology Today cover story, "Revenge of the Introverts." To learn more about the book, visit www.introvertpower.com.
Poet at literary event
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston poet Crystal Good will headline a multimedia poetry event in celebration of Black History Month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Culture Center Theater.
The event is sponsored by the West Virginia Center for the Book.
A news release says Good writes "through the lens of her experiences" as an Appalachian black woman. The former model and West Virginia native has worn many hats: poet, mother of three sons, and the current director of brand experience for Mythology LLC, a Charleston marketing firm.
Poet Norman Jordan will join Good at the event. They will sell their books at a post-event reception in the West Virginia Library Commission's James D. Waggoner Reading Room.
Library holiday closing
NITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro Public Library will be closed Feb. 18 for Presidents Day.
BELLE, W.Va. -- The 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Riverside Public Library with a family program highlighting some of the past winners with stories and art activities.
Given annually by the American Library Association, the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most-distinguished American picture book for children.
MUDDLETY, W.Va. -- Paranormal author Sherri Brake will hold a meet-and-greet from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the lobby of Muddlety Trading Co., 10 Scenic Highway, Muddlety, Nicholas County.
Brake will sell and sign her books on haunted history. Refreshments will be served and a selection of spirit photography will be on display. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priest's boyhood in Poland
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Northern Panhandle Episcopal priest Marian Mazgaj, who often writes religious essays published in the Sunday Gazette-Mail, has completed his third book, "I Will Go to the Altar of God: What It Took to Become a Priest in Communist Poland."
He describes his Polish boyhood in the 1920s, and his fighting with Polish partisans against the Nazis in World War II. He says combat thrust him into "a number of very dangerous situations which I survived only through the intercession of the Virgin Mary and the miracle of God's grace."
His war experience inspired him to become a priest, earn two doctoral degrees and come to America. He served various churches around West Virginia, including ones at Weston and Sutton/Gassaway.