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Book Notes: Sept. 9, 2012

By Staff reports
Railroad town rememberedCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- David Parmer, of Hinton, has written a book about Orlando, a forgotten railroad town not far from his hometown of Burnsville."Tales of Old Orlando" contains more than 300 photographs and stories such as a "leap frog" murder. The book is published by McClain Printing Co., in Parsons.The book chronicles life in a small railroad town straddling Lewis and Braxton counties in its heyday when railroads were the only way to travel in West Virginia. Orlando was a change-over stop on the Baltimore and Ohio and Coal & Coke railways.According to a news release, "Murder and mayhem and fun and frolic were rife as long as the trains kept running. When the automobile took the steam out of the locomotive, this small town declined into anonymity."Parmer taught high school history before going to law school at WVU. He practiced law in Hinton for nearly 40 years.The 400-page book may be purchased for $45 plus $5 shipping from the author: David Parmer, P.O. Box 39, Hinton, WV 25951.
Book signingCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Eric Douglas will talk about and sign copies of his book "Wreck of the Huron" at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Kanawha County Main Library, on Capitol Street.Former resident pens novelCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dixie Guill Golden, a graduate of DuPont High School and the University of Charleston, recently published a novel, "Unfinished Conversations." The trade paperback joins the e-book store at and will be available to the wider market in a few weeks.The book is set in the 1960s and includes West Virginia sites such as Hawks Nest, Kanawha Falls and Cranberry Glades.According to a book blurb, "'Unfinished Conversations' pulls us back to the 1960s when Emily made one simple choice that changed her life forever. Now her winding journey offers temptations, revisits old traumas and collides with an unyielding fate of suspense and surprises everywhere she goes."A free lengthy sample is available at
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