"I am completely smitten with the Lunch with Books patrons...who welcomed me like a long-lost cousin. It takes two to have a successful reading: an enthusiastic presenter and an engaged audience, and boy did the stars align for us." -Marie Manilla, Still Life with Plums

"Lunch With Books is an outstanding program -- one of the best in the country." -NPR Journalist Matthew Algeo, The President is a Sick Man

"With a new book in hand, I’ve visited a lot of libraries lately, and I think the Ohio County Public Library is my all-time favorite. People are kind and welcoming, and deeply appreciate a visiting writer." -Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (National Book Award)

“I wanted the book launch to be at Lunch With Books because it is the best library book program in West Virginia and because Wheeling and the Wheeling area was centrally involved in so many of the firsts in West Virginia sports.” –Bob Barnett, Hillside Fields: A History of Sports in West Virginia

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Next Lunch With Books May 22: West Virginia Encyclopedia Editor Ken Sullivan

On Tuesday, May 22nd at noon, join Ken Sullivan at the Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch With Books program. The executive director of the West Virginia Humanities Council and the editor of the West Virginia Encyclopedia, Dr. Sullivan will discuss the first one volume Mountain State reference work to be published in many years. The West Virginia Encyclopedia contains the contributions of over 600 freelance writers, including journalists, folklorists, archeologists, naturalists, geographers, historians, university professors, public servants, and others. The editors packed 2,200 alphabetical entries into the pages of the West Virginia Encyclopedia, justifying the Encyclopedia slogan, "All there is to know about West Virginia.” Copies of the book will be available for sale. Please call the library at 304-232-0244 for more information.

Ken Sullivan is the Executive Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Working with the Board of Directors, his big accomplishments at the Humanities Council include the restoration of the 1836 MacFarland-Hubbard House in Charleston and the recent publication of the West Virginia Encyclopedia. In less than a decade he has seen the Humanities Council’s operating budget double, with a comparable increase in the organization’s assets.
Ken joined the Humanities Council in 1997. He previously worked as editor of Goldenseal magazine, serving concurrently as Folklife Director of West Virginia Division of Culture & History. Ken is the author or editor of several books in addition to the West Virginia Encyclopedia, and has written many articles. He has a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA from the University of Rochester and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, all in the field of American history. He is married to Debra Sullivan, the principal of Charleston Catholic High School, and his son Benjamin practices law in Charleston.

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Top Ten Lunch With Books Programs

Program; Presenter; Attendance; Date

1. SAENGERFEST; Eintracht German Singing Society; 200; 07-17-10

2. A Lucky Child; Auschwitz Survivor Judge Thomas Buergenthal; 198; 03-04-11

3. Fashion Show; Civil War 150; 194; 11-20-11

4. Ruanaidh; Art Rooney, Jr. and Jim O'Brien; 168; 06-15-10

5. Follow the River; James Alexander Thom; 160; 06-05-08

6. Warwood Memories; 157; 12-18-12

7. The Quiet Man Pub Reading; 150; 08-30-12

8. Wheeling Then and Now; Sean Duffy; 146; 09-07-10

9. Bloch Brother Tobacco; Stuart Bloch; 131; 04-27-10

10. Reasons to Believe; Dr. Scott Hahn; 126; 08-21-07

Book Discussion Groups

The Ohio County Public Library facilitates book discussion groups for both young adults and adults. Currently, the OCPL offers two adult groups, which meet on the first Monday and third Thursday of each month.

In addition to its own growing collection, the OCPL has access to the book discussion collection of the West Virginia Library Commission.

To join or form a book discussion group, or for more information, please call 304-232-0244.

Meeting of the Minds Philosophy Group

The Meeting of the Minds Philosophic Inquiry Forum is facilitated by David Weimer. The group meets virtually every Tuesday at 6 PM. Call the library for meeting room locations.

For more information, visit www.firstknowthyself.org/m&mphilosophy.htm or contact group organizer, David Weimer, at 740 526-0985 or by email at dwwweimer@comcast.net..