WHEELING - The Ohio County Public Library has announced upcoming Lunch With Books programs.
noon Tuesday, "Rogue State." Richard Owens will offer a different perspective on West Virginia's statehood by discussing his new book, "Rogue State: The Unconstitutional Process of Establishing West Virginia Statehood." "Rogue State" chronicles how West Virginia entered - and remains - in the Union under unconstitutional circumstances. Its severance from Virginia and reincorporation as a new state in 1863 occurred outside the bounds of constitutional legality.
The United States government, while pledged to prevent the secession of 11 states from the Union, nevertheless condoned, abetted, supported and ultimately affirmed secession of 50 counties without permission from Virginia.
This unprecedented and unconstitutional process marks the only time in American history that a state was created and admitted to the Union outside the boundaries of the prescribed constitutional process. Lincoln's attorney general even declared the process unconstitutional.
Though the U.S. Constitution did not permit secession for states or parts of states, the U.S. government produced a facade of legality and constitutionality in 1863 to justify the secession of a part of one state to form another.
Owens is a West Liberty University history professor. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, including three historical novels: "Potomac: A Story of America in 1940," "Knightime" and "Conspiracy of Terror."
Owens also served as historian and commentator for a 1993 BBC production, "A Nation Divided: The United States Civil War."
Owens earned a doctorate degree in U.S. history at the University of Maryland.
noon Nov. 26, "Chuck Noll." Pittsburgh's sports storyteller, Jim O'Brien, returns to discuss his new book, "A Winning Way," the first-ever devoted exclusively to the life and career of Steelers coach Chuck Noll, who was rated the No. 5 coach of all time in a poll taken in 2013. O'Brien has interviewed Noll many times through the years and, recently, he interviewed some of the great players from those teams of the 1970s and 1980s who shed light on their coach. The book will allow readers to catch up on what's become of the players when they were the "Team of the Decade."
noon Dec. 3, "Centre Market: A Historic Perspective." John and Glinda Bowman will discuss their book, "Centre Market: A Historic Perspective." The book chronicles the building history of the Market Houses and names more than 300 vendors, like Valley Cheese and Coleman's Fish Market. It is the first book dedicated entirely to the history of the market.
noon Dec. 17, "Downtown Wheeling Memories." The "Neighborhood Nostalgia" series continues. Patrons are invited to share memories of this Wheeling neighborhood and bring photos for scanning. Building upon the success of the Warwood Memories program, the library created the series with the goal of collecting memories of all of Wheeling's neighborhoods from the people who know them best.
7 p.m. Dec. 17, "The Price of Justice." Pittsburgh lawyers Dave Fawcett and Bruce Stanley will discuss the non-fiction legal thriller about their work on the long court battle between mine owner Hugh Caperton and former Massey Energy Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship. The book also covers the trial against Massey on behalf of Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel to protect its Follansbee coke plant. The book, by best-selling author Laurence Leamer, will be available for purchase and signing.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public.
Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served.
Visit ohiocountylibrary.org, call 304-232-0244 or visit facebook.com/lunchwithbooks for information.