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Book Notes: May 26, 2013

By Staff reports

Hatfield-McCoy book

ELKVIEW, W.Va. -- Author and historian Dean King takes a new look at the Hatfield-McCoy feud in his latest book, "The Feud: The Hatfields & McCoys." King will speak and sign books at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at Elk Valley Branch Library.

King's book includes quotes from contemporary newspaper accounts and other information that was not available when Otis K. Rice wrote "The Hatfields and the McCoys" in 1982. King's account traces the conflict back to the 1850s when the families intermarried and lived peacefully and shows multiple causes for the vendetta.

King is an award-winning author of 10 books, including "Unbound: A True Story of War, Love and Survival," about 30 women who walked 4,000 miles across China with Mao Zedong in 1934.

King will sign books after the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from West Virginia Book Co. Refreshments will be served.

His appearance is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hiking and kids

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jeff Alt, author of "Get Your Kids Hiking," will sign copies of his book from 5 to 7 p.m. June 13 at Taylor Books.

Alt provides hiking seminars with kids in collaboration with staff from Shenandoah National Park and other venues.


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