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Book Notes: Sept. 29, 2013

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "All That's Missing" launch party

A launch party for Charleston children's author Sarah Sullivan's new book, "All That's Missing," will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at Taylor Books on Capitol Street.

Published by Candlewick, the chapter book is aimed for children ages 8 to 12.

The book is about 11-year-old Arlo, an orphan who lives with his grandfather until Poppo has a stroke and Arlo is destined for foster care. He sets out to find his grandmother, who lives in a small town in Virginia.

In a review Publisher Weekly wrote, "In a novel laced with mystery and a hint of the supernatural, ... Sullivan creates a strong small-town atmosphere through Edgewater's citizens, young and old. A quietly affecting coming-of-age story about finding family and confronting change."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer noted, "It's rare to find a quiet, reflective middle-grade novel with a boy as the main character, and rarer still to find one this satisfying."

The newspaper rated the 368-page novel as a B+.

Sullivan is also the author of picture books "Passing the Music Down" and "Once Upon a Baby Brother." She also reviews children and young adult books for the Sunday Gazette-Mail.

"All That's Missing" sells for $15.99.

"Sing Me Different" poetry

Norman Jordan of Ansted has produced a new way to write poetry in his book of poems titled "Sing Me Different." Each of the 48 poems in  the book is written in what he calls "stick poetry."

"Stick poems are written down the center of the page with one word on a line, like a vertical stick. Some readers say this form of writing poetry makes the poems more accessible, especially for people who don't like to read poetry," Jordan wrote in an email.

"Sing Me Different" can be purchased for $12 at Tamarack, the Culture Center and at Hawks Nest State Park's gift shop.

Jordan will sign copies of his book from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Tamarack.

Writers profiled in church series

Six English writers will be profiled in a series of programs led by three Charleston lawyers at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in October in Mathes Hall at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 36 Norwood Road.

"For almost 20 years a group of scholars and writers met weekly at an Oxford, England, pub to read aloud their works and solicit each other's advice," a news release said. "From these weekly sessions came some of the most enduring works of the 20th century: 'The Lord of the Rings,' 'The Chronicles of Narnia,' and 'Mere Christianity.'

At the Wednesday programs, the presenters will use film clips, discussion and readings to focus on the English authors who powerfully influenced literature and Christianity throughout the 20th century.

In addition to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, philosopher Owen Barfield and author Charles Williams will be profiled. Sayers was not part of the pub-meeting writers who called themselves The Inklings.

Lawyers Christopher Power, Blair Gardner and Karen Klein will lead the programs each week. For more information, call St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 304-343-3837.


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