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Book Notes: Sept. 1, 2013

By Staff reports

Library reading groups

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Main Library will begin hosting two new monthly reading and discussion groups. They are:

Man Booker Prize Non-Winners reading and discussion group: This book discussion group will focus on those titles that didn't quite make the cut for the Man Booker Prize but are worthy in their own right. The Man Booker Prize is awarded to the best fiction novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.

The group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month (second Thursday in January) through June in John V. Ray Room. Carol Campbell is the discussion leader. Participants are asked to buy the books; limited copies are available in the library collection.

The schedule is:

Sept. 5: "Flaubert's Parrot" by Julian Barnes (1984)

Oct. 3: "The Clear Light of Day" by Anita Desai (1980)

Nov. 7: "The Bookshop" by Penelope Fitzgerald (1978)

Dec. 5: "An Artist of the Floating World" by Kazuo Ishiguro (1986)

Jan. 9: "Remembering Babylon" by David Malouf (1993)

Feb. 6: "Morality Play" by Barry Unsworth (1995)

March 6: "Nice Work" by David Lodge (1988)

April 3: "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont" by Elizabeth Taylor (1971)

May 1: "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" by Mohsin Hamid (2008)

June 5: "Chatterton" by Peter Ackroyd (1987)

The Identity Crisis! reading and discussion group: This series will focus on novels in which the protagonists struggle with issues of identity, often in the face of the limiting definitions placed on them by society. The books reflect on the way that social attitudes about gender, race and other characteristics often influence an individual's efforts to find his or her place in the world.

This group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through February in the John V. Ray Room. There will be no meeting in December.

Anne McConnell, professor of English at West Virginia State University, will lead the discussions. Copies of the book are limited and may be picked up at the reference desk at the Main Library.

The schedule is:

Sept. 18: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

Oct. 16: "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison

Nov. 20: "The Stranger" by Albert Camus

Jan. 15: "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri

Feb. 19: "Flight" by Sherman Alexie

Hansford Writing Group

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. -- Sally Holliday, author of "Rae of Hope," will speak at 1 p.m. Sept. 5 to the Writing Group meeting of the Hansford Center in St. Albans.

Holliday, a former resident of St. Albans, serves on the board of directors of the Rae of Hope House in Charleston. The facility is named for her sister, Rae, whom Holliday's book is about.

Holliday, also the mother of Marshall University head football coach Doc Holliday, is a member of the St. Albans Writers Group. She will share her experience of writing, publishing and promoting her first novel. Copies will be available for purchase. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 304-343-4646, ext. 287.

Letters published

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Carole Webb Slater has published "Letters from the Heart: 1943-1946," based on the letters that Dana A. "Cobby" Webb Jr. wrote to his parents and girlfriend during World War II.

Dana Webb grew up in St. Albans. He began the series of letters while in aviation training with the newly created Army Air Forces. He is later sent to Belgium, where he flies P-51 fighter planes during the last six months of World War II.

The book contains many photographs and can be purchased online.

Paranormal novel

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sasha Hibbs, of Crawford, Lewis County, has published "Black Amaranth," the first of the Vulcan Legacies series of paranormal novels for young adults.

In the novel, 18-year-old Ally battles monsters and discovers secrets. "Black Amaranth" is available to buy in paperback from online booksellers.


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