Spencer-Smith speaks at meeting

WEIRTON – The Literary Department of the Weirton Woman’s Club met Sept. 16 at Undo’s with Chair Diana Durst welcoming members and guests.

Theresa McGown gave the inspiration, talking about being good neighbors.

Molly Mossor gave the Literary Light, reviewing “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin and “Maids of Misfortune” by M. Louisa Locke.

Program Chair Enid Williams introduced Susan Spencer-Smith, “The Preacher Lady’s Cookbook for the Hungry Heart” and “Death in the Parsonage” author. Spencer-Smith worked as a journalist, including a stint at the Weirton Daily Times, before attending seminary and serving 16 years as a pastor before her retirement. She then pursued a career as an author and has published two books under her Hoopie Girl Press imprint and is working on a new mystery novel, “The Good Old Babes.” Spencer-Smith spoke and read excerpts from her books.

New members Alecia Sirk and Roberta Taylor were introduced.

Williams reported the next program will be a members’ book review of “Death Comes to Pemberly” by P.D. James.

Scrapbook Chair Carol Village announced a scrapbook has been completed and is on display.

Members were reminded the department is participating in the West Virginia Reads 150 challenge this year, which challenges residents to read 150 books in one year either individually or as part of a group. The Mary H. Weir Public Library is organizing local efforts.

Village, Doris Sadler, Judy Burdine, Helen Gibson, Sharon Neeley, Barbara Raynolds, Delores Azzarello, Dawn Neeley, Diane Pastoric, Betty Flowers, Susan Baldt, Mossor and Sirk won door prizes. Village donated two books, which Theresa McGown and Jane Watson won.