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Book Notes: April 7, 2013

By Staff reports

National Library Week

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- National Library Week will be celebrated April 14-20 at libraries across West Virginia with various activities.

For example, the Jackson County Public Library wants to reach 414 "Likes" for its Ravenswood location on Facebook by April 14.

On April 18, it's "Poem in Your Pocket Day" at the West Virginia Library Commission. State Library staff will share their favorite poems with customers throughout the day. At noon the staff will present a session of the "Digital Petting Zoo," where they will demonstrate the newest and most popular e-readers available.

For more information about the activities, contact Heather Shock, state library services manager, at heather.s.campbell@wv.gov or call 800-642-9021, option 3.

Novel on W.Va. oil boom

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Hugh Sheppard has written a historical novel, "$2,000 a Barrel," about the budding oil industry in the Little Kanawha Valley during the Civil War.

Now a retired engineering consultant living in South Carolina, Sheppard grew up eight miles from Burning Springs, the site of the 1860 oil boom.

The story follows Ann McGrayson, who overcomes great adversity as she founds an oil company and avenges her father's murder in 1862 western Virginia. Burning Springs is destroyed by Confederate forces under the very noses of Union forces at Parkersburg despite the hopes of Yankee oil interests who formed an entire regiment to protect the oilfield as they fund the effort to create the new state called West Virginia.

"$2,000 a Barrel" is available at www.createspace.com/4175818 for $14.95, and also at Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle).

Author at Tamarack

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- On April 12, Justine Rutherford will sign copies of her book, "Rough Lumber," at Tamarack.


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