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Book Notes: Jan. 8, 2012

By Staff reports

Writing couple win

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston writers Geoff and Karin Fuller each took a first place recently in a contest held by Writers Digest. First-place finishers receive a $1,000 prize.

Karin Fuller won for genre short fiction for a story titled "Fear of Not Flying." She also won the contest in 2008. Fuller's popular column Smell the Coffee appears weekly in the Life & Style section of the Sunday Gazette-Mail.

Geoff Fuller won first place for crime writing fiction. He is the author of "Full Bone Moon," published by Woodland Press of Chapmanville.

Bridgeport book deal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- T. Michael Martin of Bridgeport has accepted a two-book contract from HarperCollins, a major New York publisher.

Martin, 27, has written a debut novel, "The End Games," due out in summer 2013. Set in the Charleston area, the book is described as a young-adult postapocalyptic thriller.

His second young-adult thriller is set in Bridgeport and is scheduled for publication in 2014.

On Dec. 8, Publishers Weekly ran the following announcement:

"Donna Bray of HarperCollins's Balzer + Bray imprint bought two novels by screenwriter T. Michael Martin, including his debut 'The End Games,' about two brothers braving the apocalypse in the wilderness of West Virginia, pitched as 'The Stand' meets John Green. Martin's screenplays have been developed at Kopelson Entertainment, Phoenix Pictures, and Valhalla Motion Pictures. The first of the two is due out in 2013."

Martin is a 2002 graduate of Bridgeport High School and received a degree in filmmaking from the University of North Carolina.

How to pick books

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Among its lunchtime programs, the Kanawha County Public Library's Main Library will help readers select books.

On Wednesday, the program will be "Finding Good Books: Inspirational Fiction." And on Feb. 8 the topic will be finding good westerns to read.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch to 123 Capitol St. for the programs that start at 12:10 p.m.

Hechler parodies

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Former West Virginia Secretary of State Ken Hechler has had published lyrics and poems in a booklet titled "Faith, Hope and Parody."

The 34-page booklet contains revised verses to well-known songs, such as "The West Virginia Hills." In Hechler's version, one verse goes "Oh, the West Virginia Hills/ How majestic and how grand/ But this mountaintop removal means/ We all get flat land."

The book is printed by Pictorial Histories Publishing Co. Inc.


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