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…

Jeffrey Archer is a best-selling British novelist and former politician. It’s been said that Archer’s own life would make quite a novel. Educated at Oxford University, he served five years in the House of Commons, has served 26 years in the House of Lords — and three years in prison.

James Patterson, the worldwide bestselling author of more than 140 books ranging from children’s literature to mystery and nonfiction, will headline this year’s West Virginia Book Festival, which will be held at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Oct. 4 and 5.

History fascinates readers, but sometimes they want to lose themselves in the narrative flow of fiction. A number of West Virginia authors have looked at events or eras in our state’s history that sweep the reader along in a great story.

About 100 years ago, I was a freshman at Bethany College, a small liberal arts school in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle. After my first English class at Bethany, I smugly concluded that surely I was one of the sharpest students in the room.

Some of the greatest romances happen in the pages of books. Will Jane Eyre end up with Mr. Rochester? Will Rhett return to Scarlett? A number of classic couples have been featured recently, but many remain. The reader’s investment in the ups and downs of the relationship make it hard to put …

With hundreds of thousands of copies sold, a Ron Howard movie financed by Netflix in the works and the rise of its author as a media personality, J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” has defined Appalachia for much of the nation.

Kanawha County Public Library staff see many books during the year, so we can be pretty picky about our favorites. The Book Team asked staff for a list of the best books they read during the past year. The difficult task was trying to narrow in on what to share with you. Here are our favorit…

“Appalachia North: A Memoir” is the first book-length treatment of the cultural position of northern Appalachia — roughly the portion of the official Appalachian Regional Commission zone that lies above the Mason-Dixon line. For Matthew Ferrence, this region fits into a tight space of not-qu…

In his newest book, “American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts,” Award-winning Guardian reporter Chris McGreal offers a comprehensive look at the devastating addiction epidemic with which so many residents of West Virginia are familiar.

Funerals for Saturday, September 21, 2019

Abodeely, Malakee - 11 a.m., St. George Orthodox Cathedral, Charleston. 

Ayers, Helen - 11 a.m., Belcher Family Cemetery, Pinch Ridge.

Backus, Ernest - 2 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rainelle.

Bailey, Jerry - 5 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.

Carney Jr., Chester - 2 p.m., Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, Charleston.

Carter, Blanche - 11 a.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, North Elkview.

Copen, Louise - Noon, McRoss Baptist Church, McRoss.

Fizer, Donna - 3 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.

Fowler, Jeannette - 1 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Goard II, Mitchell - 5 p.m., Central Community Tabernacle, Charleston.

Hammack, Barbara - 2 p.m., Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes.

Kessinger, Wilma - 4 p.m., Canaan Baptist Church, Charleston.

Knight II, James - 6 p.m., Casto Funeral Home, Evans.

Lymon, Daniel - 1 p.m., Grace Bible Church, Charleston.

McKown, Travis - Noon, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Wallback.

Miller, Alexander - 4 p.m., Roane County High School, Spencer.

Mitchell, Emma - 2 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Hurricane.

Montgomery, Betty - 11 a.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Charleston.

Pfeil, Ruth - 2 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Roush III, George - 12:30 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Samuels, Hazel - 1:30 p.m., Dunbar Kingdom Hall, Dunbar.

Slonaker II, Harvey - Noon, Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Starks, Henry - 11 a.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Buckeye.

Stooke, David - Noon, Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington.

Thompson, Thomas - 2 p.m., Tyree Funeral Home, Mount Hope.

White, Duane - 1 p.m., Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Chapmanville.

White, James - 1 p.m., Cedar Grove Middle School, Cedar Grove.

Woodson Jr., Lewis - 1 p.m., Abundant Life Ministries, Charleston.