Harshman Publishes Poetry Collection

A new full-length collection of poems by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman of Wheeling is being released, just in time for holiday giving.

The book, titled “Green-Silver and Silent: Poems,” is being published by Bottom Dog Inc., which Harshman said is “Larry Smith’s venerable independent press.” The publisher has announced a release date of Saturday, Dec. 1, for the volume of poetry.

Also of interest to area residents, the cover illustration for Harshman’s new book was created by Wheeling artist Robert Villamagna.

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Sandi Blackwell, a Wheeling quilter, teacher and author, has had a second quilting book published. She said the new volume was released last month at the International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.

In addition, Blackwell said she will have a third book released in May. She also has a line of patterns published.

Blackwell, who conducted a book signing and trunk show at Finishing Touches Quilt Shop in Moundsville Saturday, Nov. 17, also has exciting travel plans on the horizon for 2013. She said she will be escorting a trip to the International Quilt Show of Ireland in June and a bus trip to the Maine Quilt Show in July.

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Author Brenda J. Johnson Harris of Dillonvale will be signing copies of her book, “It’s a Zoo in My Backyard!” during the Winterfest event at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Nov. 18.

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Wheeling author Sean Duffy has been busy signing copies of his new book, “The Wheeling Family, Volume II: More Immigrants, Migrants & Neighborhoods,” during appearances at various area venues.

Duffy said a limited number of signed copies of “The Wheeling Family” (both Volumes 1 and 2) are now available for purchase at the Ohio County Public Library’s circulation desk. He said that $1 for each copy sold will be donated to the library.

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The Bellaire Public Library’s collection now contains a volume with an unusual autograph.

Doug Potts, an area educator and school librarian, has long been fascinated with the controversial 20th-century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. During a recent trip to New York City, he attended a preview performance of a new musical, “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson,” at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway.

Celebrity Kathie Lee Gifford wrote the book and lyrics for the biographical musical. Potts said he spotted Gifford in the theater and asked her to sign the library’s copy of the book, “Sister Aimee,” which he happened to have in his possession at the time.

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Sandy Block, a New Martinsville native and former News-Register staff writer, has left USA Today, where she was a financial writer, for a position with Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, where she is now a senior associate editor.

Block, a graduate of Bethany College, is the daughter of Ken and Pat Block of New Martinsville.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: Comins@news-register.net