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Morgantown nurse-midwife pens sequel to ‘Midwife of Hope River’
Photos courtesy of PATRICIA HARMAN
Morgantown nurse-midwife pens sequel to ‘Midwife of Hope River’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Author Patsy Harman doesn’t know if her midwife novels will ever turn up on television or on the big screen someday, but she keeps hoping.

The longtime Morgantown resident laughed and said, “I’m...

Morgantown nurse-midwife pens sequel to ‘Midwife of Hope River’
Morgantown nurse-midwife pens sequel to ‘Midwife of Hope River’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Author Patsy Harman doesn’t know if her midwife novels will ever turn up on television or on the big screen someday, but she keeps hoping.

The longtime Morgantown resident laughed and said, “I’m...

WV Book Team: Author chronicles WV’s first black college
WV Book Team: Author chronicles WV’s first black college

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — To celebrate the history of African-Americans in West Virginia, West Virginia University Press has published a commemorative edition of “An American Phoenix: A History of Storer College from Slavery to Desegregation,...

WV Book Team: WV students join national writing program
WV Book Team: WV students join national writing program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established by public law in 1977 to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries as well as the scholarly study of books. Since its founding, the center has...

WV native, former leader in DC prostitution ring, authors tell-all book
WV native, former leader in DC prostitution ring, authors tell-all book

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Henry Vinson’s story begins much like the stories from many other children of West Virginia. He grew up in Nolan, a tiny, unincorporated community along the Tug Fork in Mingo County. His father was a coal miner. His...

Community notes: May 13-19, 2015

Book events

Cat Pleska, author of “Riding on Comets: a Memoir,” about growing up in West Virginia, will give several signings and readings in May:

May 12: Main Street Studio,...

Book Review: Growing up in Cat Pleska’s West Virginia
Book Review: Growing up in Cat Pleska’s West Virginia

“Riding on Comets: A Memoir,” by Cat Pleska. WVU Press. 236 pages.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We are our memories. Without them, we have no history, no loves, no hates. No life. We would cease to exist.

These are Cat...

Book Review: Mother’s Day creator lost battle to control it
Book Review: Mother’s Day creator lost battle to control it

“Memorializing Motherhood” by Katharine Lane Antolini. WVU Press. $27.99.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Youngsters in West Virginia history classes are taught that Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis, who grew up in Grafton....

WV Book Team: Books celebrate modern mamas
WV Book Team: Books celebrate modern mamas

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians have always appreciated their mothers. We gave the rest of the country Mother’s Day, thanks to the holiday’s creator, Webster native Anna Jarvis.

Things have changed a lot since Jarvis...

WV Book Team: Maynard’s ‘Cinco Bucknell’ cruel, absorbing
WV Book Team: Maynard’s ‘Cinco Bucknell’ cruel, absorbing

“Cinco Becknell: A Novel,” by Lee Maynard. Vandalia Press (2015), an imprint of West Virginia University Press. 384 pages.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lee Maynard, one of West Virginia’s best-known authors, has written...

Jesse Stuart biography signing coming up

Staff reports

ASHLAND, Ky. — A book signing with the author of a biography of Kentucky’s late Poet Laureate Jesse Stuart will take place Friday at noon at the recently completed conference room in the new Jesse Stuart Foundation...

Area restaurants participate in literacy fundraiser

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Literacy Volunteers of Kanawha County are hoping to come up in your conversation the next time you eat out.

The literacy nonprofit organization has partnered with area restaurants for their Desserts for Literacy...

West Virginia poet laureate discusses poetry, words and everyday life
West Virginia poet laureate discusses poetry, words and everyday life

The words came out poignant and clear. The speaker’s voice rising and falling with the enlivening turns of phrase.

The passion in Marc Harshman’s voice could be felt as much as it could be heard.

Harshman, West...

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