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CHAPMANVILLE. W.Va. - The calendar is full of exciting Woodland Press (WP) author book events, signings, and public appearances. The WP Book Tour is underway and things will be heating-up as we move forward from late-winter into the spring and summer seasons.


Mark your calendar and plan to attend one of our upcoming events.


Fri., May 10th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. — Charleston Town Center Books-A-Million will host a special event featuring Mountain State authors Keith Davis, Kyle Lovern, and Connie Cumbridge


Sat., May 10th, 11 AM - 4PM — Brian J. Hatcher will be appearing at Tamarack—Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV.


Sat., May 10th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. — Drug Emporium at Barboursville, WV, will host a West Virginia author book signing event with Frank Larnerd; and Bram Stoker Award Winner Michael Knost will be signing copies of his new novel, RETURN OF THE MOTHMAN. He is also the editor of the LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE anthology series, Specters in Coal Dust, and others.


Sat., May 17th, 11 AM - 4PM — Michael Knost and Frank Larnerd will be appearing at Tamarack—Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV.


— Sat., May 24th, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. — Drug Emporium at Barboursville, WV, will host a West Virginia author book signing event with F. Keith Davis, author of The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys, and West Virginia Tough Boys; and Frank Larnerd, award-winning author of HILLS OF FIRE: Bare-Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia; and Connie J. Cumbridge, author of OUR LAST JOURNEY: A Story of Personal Heartbreak and Eternal Hope.


Sat., May 31st, 11 AM - 4PM — Keith Davis will be appearing at Tamarack—Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV. There will also be a Appalachian Music Festival happening on this same day on the Tamarack grounds. Come enjoy the day at Tamarack.


Sat., May 31st — Michael Knost will be teaching a FREE writing workshop at Lewisburg, WV.


Sat., June 7, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. — Charleston Town Center Books-A-Million will host a special event featuring Cat Pleska and Michael Knost


Sat., June 7. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. — Hatfield McCoy Reunion; Revisit America’s Greatest Feud amid the ambiance of the 1800’s village at Heritage Farm Village, Huntington, WV. Keith Davis, who appeared on the History channel documentary as one of the historians, will be appearing at the event.


Sat, June 14, 12-noon - 3:00 p.m. — Authors Keith Davis, Connie J. Cumbridge, and Kyle Lovern will be at Reed’s Gifts and Decor as South Side Mall, So. Williamson, KY.


Fri,, Sat., Sun. —June 13 - 15 — WV Writers 2014 Summer Conference at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley. Michael Knost will be teaching a class, and several of our authors will be participating in several activities.


Fri. and Sat., June 20 & 21st — Matewan Reunion Festival — F. Keith Davis, Steven Stone, Kyle Lovern, and other Woodland Press authors will be participating at this community event.


Sat., June 21, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. — Drug Emporium at Barboursville, WV, will host a West Virginia author book signing event with Bram Stoker Award Winner Michael Knost will be signing copies of his new novel, RETURN OF THE MOTHMAN. He is also the editor of the LEGENDS OF THE MOUNTAIN STATE anthology series, Specters in Coal Dust, and others.


Sat., June 21, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. — Charleston Town Center Books-A-Million will host a special event featuring Frank Larnerd and Keith Davis


Sat., June 28th, 11 AM - 4 PM — Cat Pleska will be appearing at Tamarack—Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV.


Sat., July 12, 11 AM - 4 PM — Michael Knost and Brian J. Hatcher will be appearing at Tamarack—Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV. Michael will be signing copies of his new novel, Return of the Mothman. Brian will be signing copies of Mountain Magic, Stories from the Hearth, and others.



Info about some of the Woodland Press authors.


—- F. Keith Davis is the author of several regional bestsellers, The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys, The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman, West Virginia Tough Boys, and Images of America: Logan County, WV (by Arcadia Publishing). He was recently interviewed on-camera for the History channel documentary, “The Hatfields and McCoys: America’s Greatest Feud,” which was narrated by Kevin Costner and directed by Mark Cowen, the Emmy®-nominated director of Band of Brothers. Davis also provided rare photographs and resource materials for the films, as well. Over the years, he’s also been featured on C-Span BookTV; CBN News-700 Club; CBS; WV Public Television and Radio; Metronews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval; and elsewhere. Davis has written articles for, or been recognized by, a number of publications including West Virginia Magazine, Goldenseal Magazine, Singing News Magazine, U.S. Gospel News, Homecoming Magazine, and West Virginia Executive. Besides being an author, he is the CEO of Woodland Press, LLC, an independent book publishing firm that focuses on Appalachian-based book titles.


—- Kyle Lovern is a local UFOlogist, researcher, and the author of APPALACHIAN CASE STUDY: UFO Sightings, Alien Encounters and Unexplained Phenomena (Volumes 1 and 2). He has been featured on a number of nationally known UFO radio programs, including Coast-to-Coast. He is also the author of Memories of Tug Valley.


— Jessie Grayson lives in Harts, West Virginia, where she was born and raised. Jessie is a wife, mother and writer of dark fantasy and horror. She enjoys reading, drawing badly, and questioning everything. Some of her favorite things are loud music, strong coffee, rainy days, and dry humor. Her stories can be found in, Dark Tales of Terror, The Mothman Files, Hills of Fire: Bare-Knuckle Tales of Appalachia, and Shadows & Mountains, which she co-authored.


— Connie J. Cumbridge, author of OUR LAST JOURNEY: A Story of Personal Heartbreak and Eternal Hope, is originally from Pineville, WV. After her marriage to Earl, they spent several months in Norfolk, VA, while he served in the US Navy, before moving back to the part of Kanawha County, WV, where Earl was originally from. He later served as youth leader at a small Baptist church, and then as assistant pastor for new church planting, where Connie helped with the children’s ministry and taught Sunday School. After the couple relocated to Danville, WV, Connie was employed for several years by Coal Valley News, having a variety of roles including managing editor. She is the mother of two grown boys and has three grandchildren. She has attended Bible Baptist Church in Danville for approximately 29 years, where she currently serves as church clerk. She has spoken to local women’s groups, and also serves as a volunteer with Hospice and the Julia Price Breast Cancer Awareness Group.


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