Professor’s Book Arrives Days Early

An area English professor received a nice holiday present on Christmas Eve.

John Whitehead of Wheeling was surprised when the author copies of his new book were delivered – ahead of time – on Dec. 24. He explained that his book, “Appraising the Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and its Impact on Hollywood,” was scheduled to be published by McFarland in the spring, but the publication “jumped the line.”

He related, “The book is now available on Amazon, although the official publication date remains April.”

Whitehead is assistant professor and director of fine arts at Wheeling Jesuit University. His academic focus is on film and visual studies, contemporary literature and creative writing.

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Congratulations are in order for Sean Duffy, coordinator of adult programming at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, and his Lunch With Books presenters because the 2010 programs were the most successful, in terms of overall attendance, in the history of the Lunch With Books series.

In a related development, Duffy said that three of the 2010 Lunch With Books programs are now available on DVD at the library: “Memories of Wheeling Tile” with Larry England, “Remembering the Ironmen” with Ann Thomas and Doug Huff and “Wheeling Remembers Pearl Harbor.”

“Additional programs will be available soon, ” Duffy said, adding that personnel at the library’s reference desk can help patrons locate these DVDs.

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Meanwhile, Duffy and his wife are among the folks who can say they survived the big holiday snowstorm in New England.

They flew to Connecticut to spend Christmas with relatives, but when it came time to come home to Wheeling, their return flight was canceled, and the prospect of booking another, later, flight was problematic.

So the Duffys set off by car for a perilous journey amid blowing winds and deep drifts of snow. The arduous and nerve-wracking drive took many hours, but they made it home safely in time for Duffy to shepherd the Dec. 28 Lunch With Books program.

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Looking ahead, officials of the West Virginia Women’s Commission announced that the 2011 Women’s Day at the Legislature will be a two-day event.

The Women’s Day program will take place at the Embassy Suites in Charleston Tuesday, Jan. 25, and at the state Culture Center in Charleston Wednesday, Jan. 26. Officials said that workshops will be held on these topics: “Advocacy 101,” “How a Bill Becomes a Law,” “Eldercare: Options for Today’s Families,” “Social Networking,” “Resume Development,” “Domestic Violence Services,” “Title IX” and “Union & Women.”

For more information, call the West Virginia Women’s Commission, 304-558-0070, or contact the agency by e-mail at

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