Library announces programming

WHEELING – The Ohio County Public Library has announced several upcoming Lunch With Books programs.

* Noon Tuesday, “Art of the Civil War.” Kate Quinn will explore the role visual art played during the Civil War.

From painters, to illustrators for magazines and newspapers, to photographers documenting the war, visual art shaped public opinion and popular culture of the period.

Examples of works by Eastman Johnson, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran and others will be examined.

* Noon Oct. 8, “Author Laura Treacey Bentley.” West Virginia-based Treacey Bentley will discuss and read from her first novel, “The Silver Tattoo,” a dark literary thriller set in mythical Ireland.

Treacey Bentley is a poet and the book editor for WV Living magazine and divides her time between West Virginia and western Maryland. Her first book of poetry, “Lake Effect,” was published in 2006. She has read from her poetry at the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Festival.

* Noon Oct. 15, “Batman and Psychology.” Dr. Travis Langley will discuss his book, “Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight.”

Langley will examine the public’s fascination with the “superhero without superpowers,” including whether Batman has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and his relationships with the “bad girls” of Gotham and the Joker.

Langley is a Henderson State University psychology professor and received his doctorate degree in experimental social psychology from Tulane University.

His research includes studies of aggressive behavior and mass media, particularly the psychology of media fans.

He and his students collect data for the ERIICA Project: Empirical Research on the Interpretation and Influence of the Comic Arts.

He regularly makes presentations on the psychology of superheroes at conventions like San Diego Comic-Con International.

Langley’s appearance at Lunch With Books is sponsored by Hughes Lecture Series at West Liberty University.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Visit, call (304) 232-0244 or visit lunchwithbooks for information.