"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

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Jeanne Mozier Delights and Amuses

Celebrated West Virginia author Jeanne Mozier appeared at Lunch With Books during a special Thursday program on June 7th. And if you missed her presentation, you missed one of the best speakers ever to appear at LWB. Mozier, who was named the state's best author by Graffiti magazine, delighted the audience with amusing stories about the creation of her book, Way Out in West Virginia: a Must-Have Guide to the Oddities and Wonders of the Mountain State. Mozier designed the book, which features unusual travel destinations throughout West Virginia, to be a different kind of travel book. Three of the six photos featured on the cover of the book depict sites in the northern panhandle: Moundsville's Grave Creek Mound and Palace of Gold, and the World's largest teapot in Chester. Mozier said she hasn't had a fish sandwich as good as Coleman's (also featured in the book) since she lived in New York many years ago. Mozier shared numerous amusing stories about her experiences, including signing books at a nudist convention that featured a pudding fight, viewing moldy mummies in Philippi, and organizing her own international water tasting competition in her home town of Berkley Springs. Like Chuck Kinder, Mozier strongly advocated celebrating and embracing the oddities and strangeness of West Virginia. In fact, Mozier believes that if properly managed and promoted, the state's weird resources could become invaluable tourist attractions.

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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..