WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced several upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Nov. 6, "It's Wheeling Steel!" The Wheeling Big Band Society has spent years compiling a pictorial history book about the famed radio program. Now, the Wheeling National Heritage Area has partnered with the society to produce "It's Wheeling Steel: The Story of Wheeling's 'Coast to Coast' Celebrated Radio Program." The book looks at how the program started, its role during WWII and the nation's reaction to the show throughout its broadcast. Big Band Society members Lee Kelvington and Baird Kloss will discuss the story of one of Wheeling's greatest cultural treasures.
noon Nov. 13, "The Unknown Soldiers." Art Barbeau, West Liberty University emeritus history professor, will discuss his book, "The Unknown Soldiers: African American Troops in WWI" in honor of Veteran's Day. During World War I, thousands of African-Americans labored, fought and died to make the world safe for a democracy that refused them equal citizenship at home.
noon Nov. 20, "The Music of Angela Easterling." Angela Easterling , an Americana-roots singer-songwriter based in Greenville, S.C., will perform. Her program, "A Songwriter's Journey Through American Music," was presented as part of the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit, "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root's Music." It includes original songs interspersed with selections of classic folk, roots, country and rock tunes. Easterling will discuss the craft of songwriting and tell the stories behind her songs and how they came to be, weaving in some of the history of roots music and the artists who have influenced her writing.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Call (304) 232-0244 for information.