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Escape the ordinary:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach…”

Henry David Thoreau’s words have been haunting echoes in my...

Escape the ordinary:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach…”

Henry David Thoreau’s words have been haunting echoes in my...

“The Other Side of Christmas” is two books in one
“The Other Side of Christmas” is two books in one

Anyone who’s gone to middle school might remember notes passing back and forth during class and the horror of one being discovered, then read aloud.

Graphic designer Beth Hoge Gully, 55, a George Washington High School graduate, is no...

Novel ‘Carla Rising’ animated by the Battle of Blair Mountain
Novel ‘Carla Rising’ animated by the Battle of Blair Mountain

The Battle of Blair Mountain, in 1921, has been described as the largest armed rebellion in America since the Civil War, a civil insurrection that dwarfs any seen then or since.

It has been nearly a century since as many as 10,000 West Virginia...

Synnful words
Synnful words

David Kondakdjian always wanted to be a musician. He wanted to be a rock star.

About six years ago, the soft-spoken, dark-haired man with all those tattoos invented a stage name and started calling himself David Synn. It’s a name he still ...

Book Notes: July 26, 2015
Book Notes: July 26, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “The Other Side of Christmas,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Charleston native Beth Hoge Gully, will be presented at Taylor Books at 1 p.m. Saturday.

What makes the book unique is...

Giardina’s ‘Storming Heaven’ being cast as a musical
Giardina’s ‘Storming Heaven’ being cast as a musical

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In last Sunday’s Gazette-Mail books page, I interviewed Topper Sherwood about his new novel, “Carla Rising,” which brings to life the drama surrounding the Battle of Blair Mountain, in 1921, one of the...

WV Book Team: ‘New’ Dr. Seuss is on the loose
WV Book Team: ‘New’ Dr. Seuss is on the loose

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It is always a good idea check your drawers. You never know what you may find.

Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, began cleaning out the doctor’s office in 2013 and has...

How to move on: Author returns to WV to share her story of surviving brain cancer
How to move on: Author returns to WV to share her story of surviving brain cancer

On a warm Saturday morning in August 1998, Lisa Reisman threw on some running clothes and headed from her New York City apartment for a run.

When she returned, she chatted with her sister, Luke,...

WV Book Team: Hot reads for the summer hammock
WV Book Team: Hot reads for the summer hammock

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Picture your perfect summer day.

Maybe you’re in a hammock by a gentle mountain stream, watching the clouds roll by. Or are you on a beach towel, listening to crashing waves and relishing the feeling of sand...

WV Book Team: “Magnetic North” points in the right direction

Magnetic North by Lee Maynard

Vandalia Press (WVU Press), 2015, 370 pgs.

Lee Maynard’s fifth novel, “Magnetic North,” is part adventure, part travel log, and part existential tour de force. The story is about two...

Poet Jordan to be remembered at Saturday event
Poet Jordan to be remembered at Saturday event

This weekend, Norman Jordan’s family will host a celebration of his life, after the well-known African-American poet and author died in late June.

Jordan’s family will host a “Celebration of Life Memorial” for Jordan...

History app created by Marshall professor gains momentum
History app created by Marshall professor gains momentum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Born of his own desire to “connect curiosity with expertise,” Marshall University history professor David Trowbridge, 38, developed a free history application for smartphones that alerts users to historic...

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