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Book Notes: Dec. 1, 2013

By Staff reports

Only in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "It Happened In West Virginia: Remarkable Events That Shaped History" is a new paperback book out by the Globe Pequot Press that recounts true tales of the Mountain State's past.

Written by longtime Charleston Gazette/Sunday Gazette-Mail reporter and humor columnist Rick Steelhammer, the book covers such events as George Washington soaking in the Berkeley Springs, why Porter Creek is considered the birthplace of the popular Golden Delicious apple, the role of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank in seeking out extraterrestrials and much more.

The book covers such incidents as when West Virginia University basketball player Georgeann Wells became the first woman to dunk a basketball in a collegiate game in 1984.

Larger tidbits of history include the remarks a little-known U.S. senator named Joseph McCarthy made in Wheeling that would lead to the Red Scare, as he held aloft a paper saying, "I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the secretary of state as being members of the Communist Party and who, nevertheless, are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department."

The books retails for $16.95 and is available online through Amazon.com.

Publishing secrets

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- Cat Pleska, president of Mountain State Press, will present "Shhh! The Secret of Writing and Publishing Books" from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Putnam County Library, W.Va. 14, Hurricane.

Pleska will explain how manuscripts are written and published today. She'll also take a look at behind-the-scenes stories of authors and publishers that will reveal how it all happens.

Pleska teaches writing and literature at West Virginia State University and recently edited "Fed From the Blade," an anthology of stories and poems written by West Virginia writers.

Books will be available for sale and refreshments will be served. For more information, call the library at 304-757-7308.

Book signing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Jeanne Mozier will sign copies of her new novel "Senate Magic" from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at Taylor Books.

The back cover of the paperback describes the book as "'Primary Colors' meets 'Harry Potter' -- as told through the eyes of Lady Chatterley's Lover -- in this contemporary myth of power, sex, magic, darkness and love on a political campaign."

According to a news release, "Ivy League educated and CIA trained, Jeanne Mozier is an award-winning writer, political adviser and noted astrologer." She lives in Berkeley Springs.

"Senate Magic" is available at bookstores and online at SenateMagic.com and Amazon.com. The ebook version is available from Amazon, iBooks, BarnesAndNoble.com, and most other platforms.


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