WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Feb. 12, "African-American Faces of the Civil War." Ronald S. Coddington, Civil War photograph collector, will discuss his book in honor of Black History Month. Coddington combines archival images and biographical stories. The book includes previously unpublished photographs of African-American Civil War soldiers. He also is the author of "Faces of the Civil War: Union Soldiers" and "Faces of the Confederacy" and is a regular contributor to the New York Times series Disunion.
SEA QUEEN OF CONNACHT — Karen Vuranch will portray Granuaile, known as the Sea Queen of Connacht, who was an Irish chieftain, warrior and nemesis of Elizabeth I of England. -- Contributed
noon Feb. 19, "Jackie Robinson." Actor Greg Kenney will portray Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. Kenney is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Education Advisory Board.
noon March 5, "'Potomac' with Richard Owens." Owens will discuss his book "Potomac," which features a series of mysterious murders and an assassination attempt against a backdrop of America's politics, military and diplomatic corps on the eve of World War II.
noon March 12, "A Visit by Grace O'Malley." Karen Vuranch will portray Granuaile, known as the "Sea Queen of Connacht" and the "Irish Pirate Queen," who was a chieftain, warrior and nemesis of Elizabeth I.
noon March 19, "A Civil War Hospital Steward's Story." Alan West will discuss his book, based on 230 letters from a Civil War hospital steward to his wife. Daniel McKinley Martin traveled from Pittsburgh to Wheeling to enlist in the Second Virginia Regiment, later known as the Fifth West Virginia Cavalry.
In the letters, he mentioned a number of Wheeling doctors and other notables.
noon March 26, "Women in the Civil War." In honor of Women's History Month, Betsy Estilow of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine returns to discuss the activities and roles of Union and Confederate women during the Civil War.
Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
Call (304) 232-0244 for information.