Book Notes: June 9, 2013
Lewisburg Lit Fest
LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Best-selling author Jeannette Walls will headline the Lewisburg Literary Festival, speaking at 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.
Her memoir, "The Glass Castle," has been on The New York Times best-sellers list for more than six years, has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., has been translated into 22 languages and was named one of the top 10 books of the decade by Amazon.
"The Glass Castle" details Walls' life growing up in extreme poverty and the unimaginable obstacles she faced. Walls describes her determination to leave West Virginia on her own at 16 and move to New York City. She enrolled in Barnard College and eventually become a well-known columnist for New York magazine and MSNBC.com and a television personality.
In 2012, Lionsgate purchased the rights to make a movie of "The Glass Castle." This month, her new novel, "The Silver Star," was released.
Tickets for her talk will go on sale at 10 a.m. June 10. To get tickets, call 888-716-5082 or visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 W. Washington St., Lewisburg.
The Lewisburg Literary Festival, Aug. 2 and 3, will feature authors, outdoor art installations, musical entertainment and performance art, all inspired by literature.
For updates on the festival, visit www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com. Information is also available at 888-716-5082 on Facebook as a friend of the Lewisburg Literary Festival.
Redling book signing
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Sheila Redling will sign copies and have a brief reading from her new book, "Damocles," at 2 p.m. June 9 at the Huntington Museum of Art's Museum Shop. Admission to this event is free, and refreshments will be served.
"Damocles" follows a group of humans as they travel through space and make contact with an extraterrestrial planet, which has a different language and look but strikingly similar society to Earth's.
Redling is a graduate of Georgetown University, and hosted the morning program on WKEE-FM in Huntington for 15 years. In 2011, Redling decided to pursue writing full time. Under the name S.G. Redling, her first book, "Flowertown," was published in June 2012. It sold more than 50,000 copies in its first six weeks.
Redling's third book, "The Widow File," is set for release in November.
Mingo photo history
WILLIAMSON, W.Va. -- Andrew Chafin is compiling a photographic history of Mingo County, which will be published by Arcadia Publishing, a publisher of local and regional history.
He is looking for old photographs, postcards and family photos of schools, churches, street scenes, family members, coal mining -- anything that depicts Mingo County life as it used to be.
Anyone who has photographs to be considered for inclusion in the book should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 276-274-5540.
Times and dates are being established for people to bring photographs that will be scanned and returned immediately to the owner. If selected, the photograph and owner's name will appear in the book, which will be priced at $21.99.