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Book festival keynote speaker Saturday at library

James McGrath Morris, author of “The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos, Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War” will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Ohio County Public Library as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books.

John Dos Passos, one of the major novelists of the post-World War I “lost generation,” first witnessed the horror of trench warfare in France as a volunteer ambulance driver retrieving the dead and seriously wounded from the front line. Later in the war, he briefly met another young writer, Ernest Hemingway, who was just arriving for his service in the ambulance corps. When the war was over, both men knew they had to write about it. They had to give voice to what they felt about war and life.

“The Ambulance Drivers” is a biography of a turbulent friendship between two of the century’s greatest writers, and an illustration of how war both inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

As the keynote speaker of the Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books and in a continuation of the library’s ongoing commemoration the centenary anniversary of the American entry into World War I, Morris deliver a talk titled “An End to the Age of Innocence: How the Great War Forever Changed American Literature,” explaining how World War I influenced and changed American literature for generations to come. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk, and books will be available for purchase. The program is free and open to the public.

The Upper Ohio Valley Book Festival is brought to the community with the collaboration of the Ohio County Public Library, the Arts Commission of the City of Wheeling, the Elbin Library of West Liberty University and the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation with funding by the West Virginia Humanities Council. Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary. org for more information. 

 Screening tonight, talk Tuesday

See “Annie Hall” at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Towngate Theater and participate in a conversation at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library.

“Annie Hall” marked a turning point in the career of Woody Allen, as he moved from the pure silliness of his early slapstick, one-liner movies to the invention of a new genre, the “dramedy.” Originally conceived as yet another star-vehicle for the writer-director, the film evolved during production, in which hours of scenes were shot and discarded; Allen finally “found” his multiple-Oscar-winning film in the editing room, when he shifted more of the focus from his own character to that of his co-star, Diane Keaton, who won Best Actress for a woman finding herself during the era of women’s rights. Allen would subsequently write several more Oscar-winning roles for actresses. Come for the laughs, but leave with a wistful sense of the difficulty of relationships.

John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University and author of “Appraising ‘The Graduate’: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood” (2011) and “Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation” (2014) will serve as host for the screening and the conversation.

The Wheeling Film Society Series is co-sponsored by the Ohio County Public Library, Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Cinema, and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fine Arts and Literature Department.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org  for more information. 

Country show at Generations

Rising country star and songwriter Kasey Tyndall joins Parmalee’s Hotdamalama tour Thursday, Nov. 16, at Generations in Wheeling.

Tyndall is gaining fans with her high-energy, in-your-face live performances and well-crafted songs that boast relatable lyrics and dance-inducing melodies. “Bar That’s Open,” the second single from her debut album, “Jesus and Joan Jett,” is set for release today. The tune, written by Tyndall, Ashley McBryde and Lainey Wilson, is a light-hearted break-up anthem for those who “left or did the leaving.” 

“I’m so excited about this new music and sharing it with everyone. We’ve worked hard on it, and for it to get released during the Parmalee tour makes it even that much more special,”she said.

“Those guys are like family to me and I can’t wait to get this music on the road.”

“We’re bringing this big Hotdamalama party on the road and are excited to have Kasey Tyndall as a part of it,” said Matt Thomas of Parmalee. “She’s a fellow North Carolinian and puts on an amazing show!”

2016 ACM “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” nominee Parmalee is one of country music’s most successful new acts. The Platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive Top 10 singles from a debut country album.

Heralded as “Country Music’s Breakout Stars” by MSN Entertainment, Parmalee has supported Brad Paisley and Jake Owen on national tours while finding time to perform on NBC’s The Today Show, The Late Late Show, FOX & Friends All American Summer Concert Series, MLB Central’s Studio 21, The Queen Latifah Show and more. Now Parmalee — comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and life-long best friend Josh McSwain (guitar) — returns with the new single “Sunday Morning” from its sophomore album “27861,” sure to propel the hard-living ‘band of brothers’ into Country music superstardom.

Grace Church to host fund-raising lunch

Grace Church, located at the corner of Fourth and Hanover streets in Martins Ferry, is hosting a Five Dollar Lunch from noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, in the lower level Fellowship Hall. 

The menu includes hearty pasta, crisp garden salad, fresh bread and dessert. Sit-down or take-out options are available, and all proceeds benefit Grace’s children and youth summer programs. 

“We have done the Five Dollar Lunch several times before for our church members, and we are excited to open this meal up to the public,” Lisa Buckingham, Grace Church family ministries coordinator, said. “Our church has great cooks, and we are happy to provide a delicious lunch for a low price. Plus, we are very excited for the opportunity to raise money for our summer camp programs, which benefit children and youth all around our area.”

Schola Cantorum Franciscana to perform

Timothy J. Huffman, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, will sing Durufle’s “Requiem,” accompanied by Franciscan University’s Schola Cantorum Franciscana. 

The High Requiem Mass will take place at 7 p.m. today at St. Peter’s in Steubenville.   

The Mass will feature Durufle’s beloved musical setting of the “Mass of the Dead” alongside traditional chants of the Requiem Mass, under the direction of Nicholas Will, professor of music at Franciscan University, joined by organist Justin Wallace.

Durufle, an early 1900s French organist, composer and teacher, was recognized as the greatest organist of his time because of his brilliant virtuoso performances and contributions to organ design.

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