HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Library and its affiliates are joining large library systems across the country in suspending purchases of all electronic versions of Macmillan Publishers' new releases, in a protest against the publishing house's planned restrictions on library sales.

“Betsy Blossom Brown” is a beautifully written coming of age story by West Virginia author Kathleen M. Jacobs. In the book we follow the life of the title character as she learns to live with and come to terms with all the things good and bad that life throws her way.

“The Making of a Field Hippie” is a new memoir from Joe Mirenna. If his name rings a bell, he plays banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer and was a member of the Booger Hole Revival string band in the mid-1970s. The self-taught multi-instrumentalist was also an artist-in-resi…

The nights are getting dark a bit faster. The leaves are rustling ominously. Now you just need a book that will match the eerie atmosphere of an autumn evening.

In a crowded publishing world, writers work hard to be heard above the fray. The KCPL Book Team turns this month to first-time authors. These eight authors write in different styles and for different audiences, but each deserves to find their readers.

Keith Maillard, a West Virginia Literary Merit Award recipient, is the author of fourteen books, including “The Clarinet Polka,” “Morgantown,” “Dementia Americana,” and most recently “Twin Studies.” Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, he has lived in Vancouver for most of his adult l…

Get to know the West Virginia Book Festival’s headlining authors. Check out this list and decide which free presentations to attend. We have a wonderful lineup this year that is sure to entertain any book lover.

Egyptian-born Rajia Hassib, who earned a master’s degree in creative writing at Marshall University and now makes her home in Charleston, opens her new novel, “A Pure Heart” (Viking, $27), with a newspaper account of a suicide bombing:

Fiction attracts a big readership, but nonfiction also has its devoted fans. Nonfiction is embracing a wider range of topics every year and expanding its popularity. Here are some that Kanawha County Public Library staff have enjoyed.

Award-winning archaeologist and author Darla Spencer will be signing copies of her newly-released book, “Woodland Mounds in West Virginia,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the South Charleston Interpretive Center, 313 D Street. The event is free and open to the public.

June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, more commonly known as D-Day. With months of planning and subterfuge about when and where the Allies would strike, troops landed on Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944. The shoreline was heavily fortified, but more than 160,000 Allied tr…

After several years of dark, dystopian novels and brooding, twisted thrillers, readers are turning to Up Lit. This growing genre features quirky characters, building personal connections and discovering love. While there are obstacles and sorrow to overcome, readers can generally expect an u…

The Gazette-Mail Life & Style section probably isn’t the first place you’d go to look for an article on West Virginia University head football coach Neal Brown. Nor might you normally expect someone whose life is spent on the high-action, high-volume, rough-and-tumble gridiron to use som…

Orthopedic surgeon and professor Dr. Alexander Rosenstein will launch his new spy thriller, “Sword of the Kremlin,” Thursday at 6 p.m. at Taylor Books. It was written at his home in South Hills and draws on the author’s personal history, having left the USSR with his parents and sibling befo…

Isaac Brooks, 6, (left) and Elwood Bourne, 6, both of South Charleston, pick out their free comic books during Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day at Lost Legion Games & Comics in South Charleston. Participating comic book shops around the world gave at least one free comic book to anyone who…

Funerals Saturday, January 25, 2020

Asbury, Betty - 1 p.m., Cunningham - Parker - Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Bailey, Jonathan - 11 a.m., Faith Christian Fellowship, Buffalo.

Britton, Karen - Noon, New Covenant Baptist Church, Charleston.

Brooks, Stephen - 12:30 p.m., Levi First Missionary Baptist Church.

Crites, Joseph - 1 p.m., Morris Funeral Home, Cowen.

Easter, Patricia - 11 a.m., Bartlett - Nichols Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Finley, Ann - 10 a.m., Tomblyn Funeral Home, Elkins.

Fisher, Howard - 2 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Garrett, Betty - 11 a.m., Wallace Funeral Home & Chapel, Barboursville.

Graham, Alma - 1 p.m., Laurel Fork Missionary Baptist Church.

Graybeal, Joseph - 2 p.m., Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville.

Harper, Marnetta - Noon, First Baptist Church of London.

Jeffers, Ashley - 2 p.m., Gatens - Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Moore, Ida - 1 p.m., Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc, Grantsville.

Moss, Gary - Noon, Kanawha City Baptist Church, Charleston.

Ramsey Jr., Shelby - 10 a.m., North Charleston Baptist Church, Charleston.

Sears, Everett - 2 p.m., Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway.

Shafer, Murry - 1 p.m., John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.

Sheppard, Betty - 1 p.m., JOY Classroom, First Baptist Church of Nitro.

Sutphin, Calvin - 11 a.m., Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg.

Valentine, Kathy - Noon, O’Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Vaughn, William - 1 p.m., Raynes Funeral Home, Eleanor Chapel.

Vilain, Nancy - 3 p.m., Elk Hills Presbyterian Church.

Warwick, Harry - 2 p.m., First United Methodist Church of South Charleston.

Wood, John - 11 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Church, South Charleston.

Young, Terry - 1 p.m., Cross Lanes Baptist Church.