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Book Notes: Oct. 13, 2013

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A Daily Mail columnist, Suzanne McMinn, has had her collection of stories, "Chickens in the Road," published.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Used book sale SaturdayThe Kanawha County Public Library will still hold its annual Used Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday even though the West Virginia Book Festival was canceled this year.The sale in the North Hall at the Charleston Civic Center will include books, music, movies and more. The sale will close at 3 p.m. and then reopen from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for the bag/box sale, when items can be purchased for $2 per bag or $5 per box.Nitro library closingThe Nitro Public Library will be closed Oct. 16 for staff training.UC Halloween lunchThe authors of "Shadows and Mountains: Tales from the Dark Heart of Appalachia" will speak at the University of Charleston Builders book and author luncheon at noon Oct. 30 in the Erma Byrd Art Gallery on the UC campus.Authors Jessie Grayson of Harts Creek and Ellen McCloud of Verdunville will share stories from their collaborations. An opportunity to meet the authors will be at 11:30 a.m. Guests are welcome to attend in Halloween costume. The cost of the luncheon is $18. Membership in the UC Builders is not a requisite for attending the luncheons and author presentations. Make reservations to Jamie DeYoung at or call 304.357.4369."Chickens in the Road"A Daily Mail columnist, Suzanne McMinn, has had her collection of stories, "Chickens in the Road," published by HarperOne, a division of Harper Collins Publishers.A news release describes McMinn as a "suburban born-and-bred author who faces one daunting challenge after another on her new 40-acre farm ... on one of the most remote dirt roads in West Virginia."She writes about uncooperative farm animals and a rural neighborhood of quirky characters. The book includes her photographs and recipes.
McMinn, according to the news release, is the author of 26 published novels. "Chickens in the Road" goes on sale Tuesday. A hardcover edition is $17.39 on Amazon.Huntington woman pens novel
Rose Sefton of Huntington has written a novel titled "Mind Mauling Hot Sauce," and printed by PublishAmerica.The book tells the story of a child protective service worker in Minneapolis who finds out social work is a dangerous job.To obtain the book, visit and award TERRA ALTA -- "Shovelful of Sunshine" by Stacie Vaughn Hutton won Gold in Moonbeam's category for books about Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem.The story about a little girl coming to terms with her daddy's dangerous job as a coal miner is illustrated by Cheryl Harness and published by Headline Kids, an imprint of Headline Books in Terra Alta.
The 32-page hardcover picture book sells for $16.95, and is available at local and online bookstores.Book signings at Tamarack BECKLEY -- West Virginia authors, with books for sale at Tamarack, stop by to sign their books, talk to interested readers and answer questions from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.On Oct. 18, Norman Jordan will sign his poetry book "Sing Me Different;" Saturday, Annette Rose will sign copies of her book "Eat, Scream and Be Merry" and Lisa McCombs will sign copies of "Abby;" Oct. 20, Wes Harris will sign copies of his books "When Miners March" and "Dead Ringer;" and Oct. 27, Bob Barnett will sign copies of "Growing Up in the Last Small Town."For additional information, contact or 888-262-7225.
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