BOOK NOTES: State Authors Scheduled to Sign Books

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Summer reading options top the charts at Tamarack with a diverse book department filled with fiction, history, nonfiction, children’s’ books, CDs and more.


The most popular selections recently are books about the Hatfields and McCoys, which are selling out as fast as they’re stocked ever since the Kevin Costner movie.  Five titles and the soundtrack from Famous for Killing Each Other are all available.


Dr. Coleman Hatfield will sign copies of his book, The Feuding Hatfields and McCoys on Friday, July 6 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the book department. The other books related to the infamous clan are The Hatfields and McCoys by Otis K. Rice, The Devil’s Son by Anne Black Gray, and The Feud, Hatfields, McCoys and Social Change in Appalachia by Altina Waller.


Tamarack welcomes authors to sign their books and meet guests during book signing sessions scheduled for weekends. Other new titles of interest include Waterfalls of West Virginia by Randy Sanger and Ed Rehbein, who will sign books on Saturday, July 7. Marilyn Shank will sign Child of the Mountains on July 7 and 8; Lisa McCombs with Abby on July 14; and Sherri Brake will sign copies of the Haunted History of the WV Penitentiary on July 28.


Retired newscaster Bob Brunner’s book Reporter’s Recollections about his days covering the news of the Mountain State has been a popular selection for summer reading.

Tamarack also sells all of Denise Giardina’s books including Emily’s Ghost, a novel about the Bronte sisters. Saints and Villians,The Unquiet Earth and Storming Heaven are among Giardina’s titles.


The Miner’s Daughter is among many titles related to coal mining, covered in fiction, non fiction and historical works. Gretchen Moran Laskas tells the story of Willa Lowell who grows up in a mining family and yearns for what she thinks might be a better life.


Children’s books are especially popular among Tamarack guests. The Sad, Mad, Glad series, Cynthia Rylant’s tales for children of all ages, and the Venola series by Cheryl Ware provide good options for children. Passing the Music Down, a true West Virginia story written by Sarah Sullivan and illustrated by



Barry Root, tells the story of how Melvin Wine passed his gift of music down to fiddler Jake Krack. In 2003 Jake won first place in the old-time fiddler’s contest at Clifftop, where he first met Melvin, who passed away three years prior to Jake’s award. Other children’s books also depict the Mountain State family heritage and homegrown tales.


Cookbooks, Civil War sagas and ghost stories add additional interest to the shelves at Tamarack in a book department which features books by authors who are from West Virginia or cover West Virginia subject matter.


“If you don’t see books you’d like on our website, please call us to inquire about your favorites,” said Retail Director Ron DeWitt. “We can take telephone orders and email requests. We also still sell some of the state’s best music in a CD format including Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., and the late, great Everett Lilly, Sr.


“In a state with such vivid history, breathtaking natural resources, and grand creativity, our authors excel at capturing the essence of all things West Virginia,” he said.


Located at Exit 45 off I-77/64 in Beckley, Tamarack is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. For questions about events, menus, catering, shopping, artisans at work, conference center availability and gallery exhibits, call 188TAMARACK or visit For continual updates, check Tamarack’s Facebook page and sign up online for monthly e-newsletters.

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