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Book Notes: Nov. 4, 2012

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Nitro Library closuresNITRO, W.Va. -- Nitro Public Library will be closed Nov. 6 for Election Day and Nov. 12 for Veterans Day. All other locations of Kanawha County Public Library will be open those days.Belle Starr portrayalST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Actress and storyteller Karen Vuranch will portray Belle Starr, also known as "The Bandit Queen," at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. Albans branch library.The living-history presentation of the Old West outlaw is suitable for all ages.Meet the authorCROSS LANES, W.Va. -- Marie Manilla, author of "Shrapnel," will speak at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Cross Lanes Branch Library.The book explores the legacy of war in three generations of men from the Butler family. Manilla is a graduate of West Virginia University, Marshall University and the Iowa Writers Workshop. She has lived in both West Virginia and Texas, the settings for "Shrapnel."Her next novel, "The Patron Saint of Ugly," was just purchased by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and will be published in spring 2014.
Authors at TamarackBECKLEY, W.Va. -- The lineup for author appearances in November at Tamarack is as follows:Nov. 10: Melinda Chambers, "The Day the Snapdragon Snapped"Nov. 16: Justine Rutherford, "Root Jumper"Nov. 17: Tod Faller, "I'm LISTENING!"Nov. 24: Ed Rehbein, "WV Waterfalls"
Children's bookCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Heidi Houck, teacher and librarian at Mountain View Middle School in Monroe County, has published her first book, titled "A Special St. Nicholas Day."In the book, a special family tradition is getting ready to take place. As they do every year, Heidi, Holly and Hanna are ready to listen to Mama tell the story of St. Nicholas and his special feast day on Dec. 6.The book costs $9.99. Order from bookstores or online booksellers or
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