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Book Notes: March 18, 2012

By Staff reports
Play reading at UC lunchCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Novelist Denise Giardina will read from her latest project, a play based upon the friendship between Robert Byrd and Ted Kennedy, at the University of Charleston Builders' March 28 luncheon.An opportunity to meet the author will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon, followed by the program in the Erma Byrd Art Gallery in Riggleman Hall on the UC campus.Membership in the Builders is not a requisite for attending the luncheon. The price is $15, and reservations are required by Friday. Contact Janie DeYoung at or at 304-357-4369.At the first public reading of her play, Giardina will team with Frieda Forsley to present a scene from "Robert and Ted." The play about the two long-serving U.S. senators will be staged during FestivALL.
Hickam at 50th galaCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "Rocket Boys" author Homer Hickam will speak and sign books April 3 at the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation's 50th anniversary celebration at the Clay Center.The dinner event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and $175 for couples. For tickets, contact Stephanie Hyre at 304-346-3620 or email by Friday.Children's book signingCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Carolyn Turgeon, an author based in New York and Pennsylvania, will read from and sign copies of her new book, "The Next Full Moon," from noon to 2 p.m. April 7 at Books a Million, 212 RHL Blvd.The novel is for middle-grade readers and is about a 12-year-old girl who begins growing feathers and eventually discovers that she's the daughter of a swan maiden.
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