Short stories published
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia writer Ron Houchin's collection of short stories, "Tales Out of School," is set in and around Huntington and is based on stories he told his writing students during 30 years of teaching high school in Proctorville, Ohio.
He told the stories to help students get in touch with their own experiences as material for their stories, essays and poems. The 20 locally set tales, published by Wind Publications of Kentucky, a longtime publisher of Appalachian literature, may be purchased for $15 from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and www.windpub.com.
Novel about foster care
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Seven Tears," by Shelia Joyner, will be released in April. The book is based on true events, including the loss of several of grandchildren to the foster-care system.
Joyner, formerly of Clay County, is a licensed therapeutic foster parent and advocate for children in foster care and kinship care and lives in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
For more information on the book, visit www.seventears.net.
New Mexico statehood
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A former West Virginia resident, Elizabeth Rogers, has written "Yankee Gold," a book about Stephen Elkins' role in New Mexico's statehood.
Elkins moved to the New Mexico Territory late in 1863, after serving as a captain in the Union Army, to write a contract on several gold and silver mines there. There, he and others expose the Army's exploitation of local citizens and Indians.
"At stake are the lives of slaves, citizens' mining rights, the fate of millions of acres of land grants, a railroad, and statehood for New Mexico," says a news release on the book.
It was while representing the territory in Congress in 1872 that Elkins, a widower, met and married the daughter of Henry Gassaway Davis and moved to West Virginia.
"Yankee Gold," published by Story Merchant Books, is available for $16 from Amazon and Amazon Kindle.
Battle of Charleston
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia Civil War historian Terry Lowry will present "The Battle of Charleston and the 1862 Kanawha Valley Campaign" at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Dunbar Public Library, 12th and Myers streets. The free lecture is based on his forthcoming book of the same title. The lecture is a program of the Kanawha Valley Civil War Roundtable.
Lowry has written several books on West Virginia and the Civil War. He works at the West Virginia State Archives.