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Book Notes: Dec. 15, 2013

By Staff reports

Taylor Books book signing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former Charleston resident Andrea Arco-Mastromichalis will sign copies of her children's book "Wally McBap Needs a Nap!" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Taylor Books.

The book, her first, was illustrated by Ashley Teets. It looks at the importance of naptime from both a child's and an adult's perspectives and includes tips for getting children to take a nap.

Arco-Mastromichalis is the daughter of Sam and Chris Arco, who reside in Charleston. She lives in Ballwin, Mo., with her husband and two sons, one of whom was the inspiration for Wally.

The 32-page paperback book retails for $12.95 and is available at local and online bookstores. It was published by Terra Alta-based Headline Books Inc.

For more, visit www.wallymcbap.com.

Tamarack book signings

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Tamarack will host five book signings by West Virginia authors before Christmas. First is Montgomery-born musician John Ellison, who will sign copies of his autobiography, "Some Kind of Wonderful," Dec. 15.

Next, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will sign copies of "From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star" on Dec. 19, followed by Pat Call signing copies of "Nadine and Vincent" and "Nadine: After the Darkness" on Dec. 20 and 23. Elisa Camara signs "American Brother" on Dec. 21, and Martha Rector signs "Luke's Daughters" on Dec. 22.

All signings take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Murphy's, which will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Tamarack is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located off Exit 45 of Interstate 64/77 in Beckley. Call 888-262-7225 (88-TAMARACK) or visit www.tamarackwv.com.

Translation award

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- This fall, Randi Ward, a native of Belleville, Wood County, won the Nadia Christensen Prize in the American-Scandinavian Foundation's 34th annual international translation competition for her English translation of "Fjalir," a poetry collection by Toroddur Poulsen.

The award carries a prize of $2,000, the publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review and a commemorative bronze medallion. It's given for the most outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1800.

In early 2014, Forlagid i Stoplum, a publisher in the Faroe Islands, will release Wood's translated collection. Also in 2014, John Gosslee Books will publish "Whipstitches," a collection of Ward's original poems.

Ward is a writer, photographer and translator who spent four years living in various Faroese villages doing anthropological fieldwork. Find her online at www.randiward.com.

Huntington author

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rose Sefton published her 20th book, "Paw-Paw's Boots and Other Short Stories," through PublishAmerica on Nov. 1. Sefton, of Huntington, taught fiction writing at the college level in Arizona at the same time she was working on her master's degree in social work while also traveling the state as a training office on the governor's council.

The 158-page book retails for $19.95 and is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and PublishAmerica.


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