Wheeling Reads, One Book, One Community - 2023
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“Wheeling Reads: One Book, One Community” is designed to bring our city closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.
“Wheeling Reads: One Book, One Community” is presented by the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia, and West Virginia Writers in partnership with the Ohio County Public Library.
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Wheeling Reads, 2023 Events
Tues. May 23 at Noon: Wheeling Reads Launch with author Anthony Viola, Marshall University, new book: All Lies Begin with Truth. Location: Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library
Wed. May 31 at 6 pm: Ekphrastic Creation Workshop with Christina Fisanick and Laura Jackson Roberts. Launch of the Writing and Art Contest. Location: Ohio County Public Library
Thurs. June 8 at 7 pm: Read-in and WANA LIVE! featuring MT Welsch, who will unveil the Heat and Light cocktail available all summer until the Wheeling Reads Festival. Location: Vagabond Kitchen
June TBD Read from Your Favorite Book by Candlelight. Hosted by Ron Scott, Jr.
Thurs. July 13 at 7 pm: Read-in. Location: Vagabond Kitchen
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Thurs., Aug. 10 at 7 pm: People’s University Considering the Climate: Climate Science and Environmental JusticeLocation: People's University at the Ohio County Public Library
Thurs., Aug. 17 at 7 pm: People’s University Considering the Climate: Are We Doomed? What Solutions Might Science Offer? Location: People's University at the Ohio County Public Library
Tues., Aug. 22 at Noon: TBA
Aug. 24 at 7 pm: People’s University Considering the Climate: Can We Still Do This? What Solutions Might Science Offer? Featuring Edward Brzostek, Ph.D., WVU Dept. of Biology. Location: People's University at the Ohio County Public Library
Aug. 31, at 7 pm: People’s University Considering the Climate: Reasons for Hope. What Solutions Might Science Offer? Featuring Ember Morrissey, Ph.D., WVU. The long slow march of progress toward a greener future for WV.
Location: People's University at the Ohio County Public Library
SATURDAY SEPT. 2 10 am to 4 pm- Reuther Pollack Labor History Symposium 7- Reconciling Labor & Environmental Justice: Featuring Erik Loomis; Josiah Rector, Hal Gorby, and J. Mijin Cha; plus a tour of the Reuther and Pollack Monuments at Heritage Port led by Dr. David Javersak during the lunch break. Location: First State Capitol Building. Sponsored by the WALS Foundation
Sept. 5, 2023 Graphic Novel panel: Richard McGuire’s "Here": Featuring Danny Boyd (Graphic Novel Writer); Mary Ellen Cassidy (Science Educator); Dr. Marie Cummings (Archaeologist); Marc Harshman (Poet); Luke Novel (Comic Book Artist). Location: Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library
Sept. 7, 2023 7 pm People’s University Considering the Climate: Reasons for Hope. Successes People Have Had.Location: People's University at the Ohio County Public Library
Friday, Sept. 8, 2023 at 7: Wheeling Reads Literary Pub Crawl and Hip Hop Poetry Slam. Towngate Theatre, Later Alligator, Brew Keepers, The Market Vines. Authors Featured: Rebecca Harding Davis, James McHenry Jones, James Wright, David Grubb, with storytellers Vince Marshall and Ron Scott, Jr.
SATURDAY Sept. 9 Wheeling Reads Festival
10:00 am-10:50 am Continental Breakfast
11:00 am-11:50 am Wheeling Writes - Readings from Wheeling authors.
12:00 pm-12:50 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm-1:50 pm Poetry, Prose, and Art Workshops
2:00 pm-2:50 pm Ekphrastic Art and Writing Awards
3:00 pm-3:50 pm Community Book discussion of Heat and Light
4 pm: Wheeling Reads Festival Finale with Jennifer Haigh in the Ohio County Public Library Auditorium
JENNIFER HAIGH is the author of the short-story collection News from Heaven and six bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, including the Wheeling Reads 2023 selection, Heat and Light, which was named a Best Book of 2016 by the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and NPR. Her books have won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction, and have been translated widely. She lives in New England.