Local book events abound
Book lovers rejoice. We’ve got a stream of unique author and book events happening this week and some good events on the horizon as well.
Here’s a look at some events this week and next, and some other book news.
Find Your Scribe Tribe
Huntington has been well known for its famed writers groups through the years, and a new one is popping up thanks to Sheila Redling of the Huntington Fiction Factory. Redling, the Georgetown University graduate who has written nine books under the pen name, S.G. Redling, is hosting a Find Your Scribe Tribe casual get together from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, over at Cicada Books & Coffee, 604 14th St. West, Huntington.
The casual get together for writers has the goal of helping foster new writing groups. Be sure to pick up a questionnaire at Cicada Books or The Visitor Center at Heritage Station to help find or create the right group for you. And check out more information on the Huntington Fiction Factory Facebook page.
Crazy Horse biographer to talk about the life and legacy of famous chief
The public library is always a great place to go to learn more about history and you can learn more about Native American history at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, head over to the Cabell County Public Library as South Dakota residents, Crazy Horse Family Elder - Floyd Clown Sr. and Author William Matson will discuss and sign their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy” based on the Family’s oral history.
The Edward Clown family is the nearest living relatives to the late, great war leader and Indian chief who in the 1860s and 1870s fought against the U.S. settlers taking Native American lands in the Dakotas.
This book presents the family tales and memories told to them about their famous grandfather. In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. The family clarifies the inaccuracies and shares their story about the past, including what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.
This will be their landmark 240th appearance as they travel across the United States and Europe. The Crazy Horse family’s oral history had not been told outside the family for over a century because the government had been hunting their family members since Crazy Horse was assassinated in 1877. Now, over a century later, it is finally being told by his family. Clown, a son to Edward Clown who was a nephew to Crazy Horse and keeper of the sacred bundle and pipe, will represent his family at the discussion.
Clown currently lives in Dupree, SD on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Matson, a documentary film maker, currently resides in Spearfish, SD. This is Matson’s first book.
The event is free and open to the public.
New Jesse Stuart Jr. book
The Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, Kentucky has announced the publication of a new, never-before published junior book by Jesse Stuart. “Bluetick Pig.” The story centers on a small runt pig, Bluetick, who is adopted and raised by young Sarah Powell. Bluetick and the Powell family share many fun adventures as Bluetick grows into a fine hog, but one with an uncertain future.
Between 1953 and 1971, Jesse Stuart published eight illustrated junior books that were oriented toward character education, and they remain popular today. “Bluetick Pig” becomes the ninth book in this series. It has an interesting history. In February 1937, Stuart published a short story, “The Blue Tick Pig,” in Esquire magazine. It was later included in his short story collections, “A Jesse Stuart Harvest,” “Men of the Mountains,” and “Save Every Lamb.” In March 1977, Stuart attempted to rewrite this story as a junior book. He mailed a 125-page manuscript, “Bluetick,” to the McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. The manuscript was much too long for a junior book, so it remained in the Jesse Stuart Foundation’s collection of unpublished Stuart manuscripts for more than three decades.
Recently, Dr. Cathy Roberts, an accomplished scholar and a board member of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, carefully revised and edited this manuscript for publication. The visually exciting illustrations are by Tom Marsh. The book is available online from jsfbooks.com and is available locally in the Tri-State area at the Jesse Stuart Foundation Bookstore at 4440 13th Street in Ashland. Softback copes are $10; hardback copies are $20; add $4 for shipping and handling. Phone orders are welcomed at (606) 326-1667.
New Christian book launched
Christian author Romey F. Swanson Jr. will launch his new book, “Never Alone: Present from Birth and Beyond,” with book signings at the Inner Geek (formerly Empire Books), 30 Pullman Square, from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and at New Life Church, 1101 Cedar Crest Drive, Huntington, at noon Sunday, June 2.
The book is an inspiring cataloging of life-saving moments the author attributes to God’s intervention. Author of five previous inspirational works, Swanson is a West Virginia native and longtime resident of Huntington who now lives in Gallipolis, Ohio.
The book recounts a number of miraculous events in Swanson’s life, starting with his revival at birth after coming from his mother’s womb stillborn. The infant’s tiny body was about to be consigned to the morgue after several failed attempts to restart breathing, when his father’s plea for “one more try”-after prayer-brought restoration.
Swanson went on to found an organization called “Hands Extended” to provide housing and support for unwed mothers, and later for other individuals facing desperate economic circumstances.
“The road may not always be smooth, and the winds calm,” Swanson writes, ”(but) . . . God is always faithful. You may not always have all you want, but you will have all you need.
“Faith becomes more than just a word - it becomes a way of life.”
“Never Alone” is available on Amazon and at area bookstores. Copies may also be ordered directly from the author by contacting him at email@example.com. A 158-page paperback priced at $12.95, “Never Alone” is published by Bon-Fire Press of Chesapeake, Ohio.
X-Plan book launch
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, head over to Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, 279 9th St., Huntington, where there will be a book launch party for Bert Fulks’ new book, “X-Plan Parenting: Become Your Child’s Ally: A Guide to Raising Strong Kids in a Challenging World.” The book is coming out on Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. There will be giveaways, readings, behind-the-scenes fun, book-signings and more.
The creator of the viral parenting concept the “X-Plan” illuminates the importance of awakening your child’s unique strength-while also taking an introspective look at your own life story to become a better parent.
Last year, father and former teacher Bert Fulks’s simple parenting idea went viral: if your teenagers find themselves in a situation where they feel uncomfortable or trapped, they can text a family member an “X.” That family member will then call, giving the teen a way out, while still maintaining their freedom - and no questions will be asked.
Now in X-Plan Parenting, Fulks expands on the how and the why behind his plan, emphasizing the importance of developing trusting relationships with our kids. Drawing on biblical principles, Fulks’s approach illuminates how even though we want the very best for our children, we sometimes parent from a place of brokenness and a desire for control rather than support and encouragement. We focus on our mistakes and painful growing-up moments and the things we wish we’d had when we were kids instead of what’s best for our own children right now. This dynamic can pit kids against their parents and create rifts in the relationship.
Book jacket quotes include this ... “Bert Fulks is a storyteller who uses honesty and vulnerability to help guide parents to cultivate their own child’s God-given authentic self,” wrote Margaret Dempsey, PhD, licensed psychologist.
“Christian principles guide this work, but many of the ideas, such as the “X” plan, will likely resonate with a wider audience,” wrote Library Journal.
The book is now open for pre-order on Amazon.com.