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Ohio County Lunch with Books events scheduled

December 25, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

The Ohio County Public Library has announced its next round of Lunch with Books events.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.

Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please call 304-232-0244 for more information.

Historian Hal Gorby will return to Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling on Tuesday January 8, 2013 at noon to 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.

Robin Yocum will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday January 15 at noon to discuss his new novel, The Essay, about a young man who uses his talent for writing to find a path out of the hills of Appalachia.

Surprising revelations and an unforgettable cast of characters born of the worn-out landscape of southeastern Ohio make The Essay a powerful and moving novel.

Bagpiper Betsy Bethel-McFarland will be at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library on Tuesday January 22 at noon to provide a musical tribute to Scotland's Bard (the Ploughman Poet), Robert Burns, in honor of his January 25, 1759 birthday.

Burns is the composer of the New Year's Eve anthem, "Auld Lang Syne."

The Wheeling Film Society will offer a free Conversation about the classic film, The Godfather, on Tuesday January 29 at noon at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling. (See the film for free at Towngate Cinema on Friday Jan. 25 at 7 pm.)

John Whitehead, professor of film studies at Wheeling Jesuit University will host.

Debates about The Great American Movie usually vacillate between Coppola's blockbuster (which won the "Big Three" Oscars for a filmmaker Picture, Director, and Screenplay) and Orson Welles' 1941 Citizen Kane.

Each is an epic panorama that both reflects and critiques the values of the American political and economic systems.

Each is ultimately a tragic masterpiece. Coppola's depiction of the promise and problems of post-WWII prosperity are brought to life by one of the great ensemble casts of Hollywood history, including Marlon Brando, who won Best Actor for the title role; James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Al Pacino, all of whom were nominated for Best Supporting Actor; and Diane Keaton, scandalously neglected in the nominations.

The Wheeling film society is a partnership among the library, Wheeling Jesuit University's Fine Arts Department and Oglebay Institute's Towngate Cinema.

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