"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, December 4, 2013

A Classic Film Noir & a Real Life Legal Thriller

The Wheeling Film Society, a partnership among the Ohio County Public Library, Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Cinema, and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fine and Performing Arts Department will launch its second annual season of screening-discussions of classic Hollywood films with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt (1943-108 minutes) at Towngate Cinema on Friday, December 6 at 7 PM. The Wheeling Film Society’s Conversation about the film will take place at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on the following Tuesday, December 10 at noon. 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, will serve as host for both the screening and conversation. Hitchcock, “The Master of Suspense,” often said Shadow of a Doubt was his own personal favorite film. In the midst of a series of more overt propaganda films about WWII, Hitchcock released this genre-bending noir comedy about peaceful, small-town America invaded by the spirit of evil in the guise of friendly-creepy Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton).  The script is by Thornton Wilder, in his first foray into Hollywood screenwriting after having established himself in 1938 as an important voice of the American stage with Our Town.  Teresa Wright gives one of the greatest performances of an underrated career as Charlie, the small-town girl yearning for something to “shake up” sleepy little Santa Rosa . . . and Hitchcock reminds us all to be careful what we wish for. All programs – screenings and conversations – are free of admission charge. Attend as many or as few programs as your schedule allows. All are welcome, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parental Guidance is recommended for all screenings and conversations. Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

Pittsburgh lawyers Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley will be at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday evening, Dec. 10 at 7 PM (special edition Evening With Books) to discuss the non-fiction legal thriller, The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption, about their work on the long court battle between mine owner Hugh Caperton and former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. The book also covers the trial against Massey on behalf of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel to protect its Follansbee coke plant. You will hear about the effort to bring the most powerful coal baron in American history to justice from the men who led it. The book, by best-selling author Laurence Leamer, will be available for purchase and signing. Evening With Books programs are free and open to the public. Free beverages are served. Please visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244, or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for more information.

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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..