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Book Notes: July 29, 2012

By Staff reports

Maynard in Lewisburg

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Writer Lee Maynard will read from his works to the music accompaniment of Pops Walker from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Lewis Theater. The event is free; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maynard, a native of West Virginia, has just released his novel "Scummers," the last of a trilogy that includes "Screaming with the Cannibals" and "Crum." He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship.

Also in Lewisburg, on Friday and Saturday, the Lewisburg Literary Festival will feature authors, outdoor art installations, musical entertainment and performance art, all inspired by literature.

For updates on the festival, visit the festival website, www.lewisburgliteraryfestival.com. Information is also available at 800-833-2068 or on Facebook as a friend of the Lewisburg Literary Festival.

Writer releases diving tale

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The "Wreck of the Huron" is the latest dive adventure novel from author Eric Douglas. The story begins on the coast of North Carolina and ends up on the Isle of Pines, Cuba, as photojournalist Mike Scott and his friends attempt to solve the mystery of the sinking of the USS Huron.

When the USS Huron went down off the coast of North Carolina in 1877, she took most of her crew with her and a mystery about why they were headed to Cuba. Her sinking, and another one a few months later, prompted Congress to provide year-round funding for the U.S. Lifesaving Service.

When the ship sank, it was headed to Cuba to perform "environmental surveys." This was during the first Cuban revolution when the islanders were attempting to gain freedom from colonial Spain.

"Wreck of the Huron" is the fourth dive adventure novel from Douglas, all of which feature international photojournalist Mike Scott.

Douglas lives in West Virginia, where he learned to dive in 1990. He is a dive instructor, author and columnist about diving safety. His books are available through his website, www.booksbyeric.com.

W.Va. murder mystery

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginians Jim and David Spence, two of a set of three brothers, have written a mystery titled "Two for the Price of One."

The novel concerns a young woman from West Virginia who is murdered while trying to find success in New York City. Detective Billy Michaels' first assignment is to learn who killed a person who was a friend to everyone and an enemy to no one.

The Spence brothers have written individually for many years and been published in novel form as well as in periodicals, newsprint and on the Internet. They wrote their first collaborative novel as a present for their mother, who loves mysteries.

The book can be purchased from online booksellers. Hardcover price is $32.95, softcover price is $22.95, and e-book price listed at Amazon.com is $3.49.


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