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Writers Attract Notice

As part of the year-long Wheeling 250 observance, the next edition of the People’s University at the Ohio County Public Library will celebrate “Wheeling in Literature.”

The role that writers have played in Wheeling’s first 250 years and the attention that these writers have brought to the community will be examined. Free presentations will be offered in the library’s auditorium at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, from Nov. 5 through Dec. 3.

Aspects of the new People’s University course remain tentative, but the series is expected to focus on author Keith Maillard’s new book, “Fatherless: A Memoir,” and work by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, playwright Sean O’Leary, author George Fetherling and Wheeling’s women writers.

The People’s University is free and open to all area adults. Participants may attend any or all sessions in the series.

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Another Wheeling 250 program, “Floods, Fires and Storefronts: Photographing Wheeling’s History,” will be offered at the library’s Lunch With Books series at noon Tuesday.

In addition, a special exhibit will open Tuesday in the library’s auditorium. This exhibit will feature photographs of Wheeling, between the 1930s and the 1960s, taken by noted professional photographer Dick Cress and his father, the late Robert Cress.

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Glen Dale native and country music superstar Brad Paisley is set to be the host and executive producer for “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special,” an hour-long prime-time special set to air on ABC later this season.

Organizers of the show, from Sony Pictures Television, stated, “The variety special will showcase the energy of Music City from Nashville’s iconic War Memorial Auditorium through a combination of Paisley’s signature humor, unexpected surprises, heartfelt field pieces and rousing musical performances.”

Paisley’s wit shines through a press release issued to announce the project.

He quipped, “Wait, I thought it was called the ‘Brad Paisley Special.’ Who added the ‘Thinks He’s’? Oh well, I’m still psyched.”

Among the performers slated to appear on the show are country singer Kelsea Ballerini, Hootie & The Blowfish, the Jonas Brothers, “The Bachelor” host Chris Harrison, NFL legend Peyton Manning and country superstars Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood.

Paisley, a graduate of John Marshall High School and Belmont University in Nashville, has garnered critical acclaim as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer. He and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are co-founders of a nonprofit organization called The Store, a free referral-based grocery store, designed to empower low-income individuals and families in the Nashville area.

Linda Comins can be reached via email at: lcomins@theintelligencer.net

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