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Book Notes: Nov. 3, 2013

By Staff reports

Write a novel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Public Library will offer "Come Write In" open writing times for teens and adults in the meeting rooms of several locations during November. The schedule is:

Main Library: Nov. 5, 12 and 26 (Tuesdays), 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Dunbar Branch Library: Nov. 7, 14 and 21 (Thursdays), 5 to 6 p.m.

Elk Valley Branch Library: Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Mondays), 6 to 7 p.m.

Riverside Public Library: Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 (Mondays), 5 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Albans Branch Library: Nov. 7, 14 and 21 (Thursdays), 6 to 7 p. m

Meet best-selling author

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Library patrons may bring their lunch and meet Aila Accad, an award-winning speaker, best-selling author and certified wellbeing coach, at 12:10 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Kanawha County Main Library.

In her latest book, "The Call of the Soul," Accad shares simple experiences to help readers hear and heed their soul's calling. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Nitro library closed

NITRO, W.Va. -- The Nitro Public Library will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

'Quiet Dell' discussion

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- A discussion about the Harry Powers murders, most recently depicted in the Jayne Anne Phillips novel "Quiet Dell," will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Bridgeport Public Library, 1200 Johnson Ave.

Besides the novel by Phillips, a West Virginia native, Powers' killings also provided the basis for the classic novel by West Virginia author Davis Grubb, "The Night of the Hunter," and have been featured in several other retellings.

The panel will be led by Phyllis Wilson Moore and will include Steve Goff, June Langford Berkeley and John J. Fazio. The program is for adults only. Admission is free.

Landau Murphy book signing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will sign copies of his memoir, "America's Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.: From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star," at several locations in November.

He'll hold book signings Nov. 3 at Fountain Place Mall, Logan; West Virginia We Can Celebrity Dinner on Nov. 7 in Logan; and 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at Barnes & Noble in Morgantown.

Murphy's memoir was co-written by Rick Robinson and is published by Headline Books. It retails for $19.95.

Miles Dean's musings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Miles Dean, of Fayetteville, has published a collection of his poems in "Furrows and Parchment."

Dean is a certified public accountant who served as director of finance during the Rockefeller administration and as financial executive at several major public U.S. firms.

"He concluded his public career with a stint in the Peace Corps in Poland. He returned home to raise sheep and write," reads the back cover of the paperback book.

Dean has received awards from West Virginia Writers for both poetry and prose.

Among other subjects, his poems cover memories of childhood, children and grandchildren.

Tommy Farmer memoir

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mentors are everything, according to Bluefield native and West Virginia University graduate Tommy Farmer.

His new memoir detailing his childhood struggles, "The Cumberland Road Kid" tells a story of starting from poverty with nothing to aspire to and facing numerous challenges and obstacles on his way to WVU.

"I learned what to do and what not to do, often the hard way," Farmer said. "Never underestimate 'impact people,' or those in your life who will help you grow."

The paperback book is published through AuthorHouse.


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