WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Tuesday, "The Backyard Brawl." John Antonik, West Virginia University New Media for Intercollegiate Athletics director, will discuss his book, "The Backyard Brawl: Stories from One of the Weirdest, Wildest, Longest Running and Most Intense Rivalries in College Football History."
The West Virginia University Mountaineers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, separated by less than 80 miles, have battled it out on the football field for more than 100 years. Now, with Pitt announcing its departure from the Big East Conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference and West Virginia becoming a member of the Big 12 Conference, this rivalry has come to an end. Thousands of players and dozens of coaches have been a part of this famous series known as the Backyard Brawl.
"The Backyard Brawl" celebrates the tradition, heritage and pride of two universities. Antonik, a 20-year WVU athletic administrator and alumnus, unearths the stories that make up this football game. Antonik has also written "West Virginia University Football Vault: The History of the Mountaineers" and "Roll Out the Carpet: 101 Seasons of West Virginia University Basketball."
noon Dec. 18, "Warwood Memories." From long lost island amusement parks and airplane factories, to places like "the jungle" and "the bloody bones," plus standards like Brooke's Restaurant, Hecks, McNamara's Drugstore, Lincoln Theater and Sobray's Bakery - discover the history of Warwood from those who lived it. Copies of the new local history book, "The Wheeling Family Volume 2: More Immigrants, Migrants and Neighborhoods," which contains sections called "Warwood Memories, an Experiment in Nostalgia Through Social Media" and "Warwood A to Z" will be available for purchase. $1 for every book sold will be donated to the library.
noon Jan. 8, "Corruption and Colorful Characters: Wheeling in the Progressive Era." Historian Hal Gorby will discuss his latest research on the Progressive Era in West Virginia and Wheeling. By focusing on how the city officials, immigrants and other groups tried to adjust to the rapid industrialization of the era and the problems it created, Gorby will explore various reform efforts.
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.