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Book Notes: Jan. 22, 2012

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Visiting Writers SeriesHUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Buckhannon native Jayne Anne Phillips will be among the authors reading from their works at the Marshall University Visiting Writers Series.Fiction writer Donald Ray Pollock will read at 8 p.m. Feb. 15, in the Shawkey Room of the Memorial Student Center. His first book of short stories, "Knockemstiff," won the 2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship. "The Devil All the Time" is his recently released first novel, praised in reviews by The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. He works and teaches in Chillicothe, Ohio.Phillips will read from her work at 8 p.m. March 8, in the Francis-Booth Experimental Theatre. Her talk on craft and the writing life will be held earlier that day at 3:30 p.m. in the Shawkey Room. She is the author of eight books, most recently the National Book Award finalist, "Lark and Termite."Her fiction includes the story collection "Black Tickets," and the novel "Machine Dreams" was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the 12 Best Books of the Year for 1984.She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. She is professor of English and director of the MFA program at Rutgers University.
Poet Kathryn Kirkpatrick will read at 8 p.m. April 5 in the Shawkey Room. She is the author of four collections of poems, most recently "Unaccountable Weather." She is also the editor of "Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities" (University of Alabama Press, 2000). She teaches at Appalachian State University.All readings are free and open to the public.Valentine's Day writingCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Public Library is holding a writing contest. Teens are asked to write a story or poem to express their feelings about Valentine's Day.The entries must be submitted during February at any library location or emailed to A release form, available on the KCPL website at, must be included.A prize will be awarded to the top three entries chosen by library staff. Entries will be posted on the library's website, and winners will be notified when their prize is ready to be picked up.
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