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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fun Activities for Children at the Lewisburg Literary Festival

Children are also invited to participate in two fun events. Both events take place in downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, August 3rd.

First, the Greenbrier County Public Library presents a Children’s Book Breakfast on Saturday, August 3rd from 8:30am to 10:00am. This is an ideal event for children ages 5 to 12, although audiences of all ages are welcome to attend. Special guests for the event are West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman and local author Belinda Anderson. The event includes a complimentary breakfast provided by The Bakery. Seats for the breakfast event may be reserved by contacting the Greenbrier County Public Library at 304-647-7568 and are limited to 40 people. Cost per person is $3.

Harshman, who was appointed Poet Laureate in 2012, is known for both his poetry and his eleven published picture books for children including Rocks in My Pockets, Only One, Red Are The Apples, All the Way to Morning and The Storm. The Storm is a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children and a 1995 Parent’s Choice Award recipient.

Belinda Anderson, recently named a Master Artist by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, is mostly known for her collections of short stories, including The Well Ain’t Dry Yet, The Bingo Cheaters and Buckle Up, Buttercup. She will be reading from her new book for young people, called Jackson Vs. Witchy Wanda: Making Kid Soup.

Following the breakfast, families are invited to the library’s annual book sale, whose proceeds benefit the Friends of the Greenbrier County Public Library.

Second, Honnahlee Toy Shop invites children to “Story Time with Beatrix Potter” from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Beatrix Potter will read to the children from her favorite books, with the help of her puppets and offer coloring projects and other activities. This event is free and no reservations are needed. For more information contact Honnahlee at 304-645-6123.
For more information about the Lewisburg Literary Festival, including the special guests, please visit the LLF home page at, or our Facebook page at

Monday, July 01, 2013

Diner Stories open for submissions

Writer/editor Daniel McTaggart is accepting submissions for a new anthology of stories set in a diner.

He writes:

Well, the time is here! Submissions for the book are finally open! So send in those stories, please! Submit to

I've said before that diners in the stories should be as much a character as the people in them. So be inventive. Just as no two people are the same, so are no two diners. Of course, they share a lot of common characteristics.

For example: a long counter with a row of swivel stools, a tile floor, a jukebox, booths by the window, surly waitresses and cooks, and usually some stainless steel, neon, or porcelain (depending on the type of diner).

A diner does not necessarily have to have all these elements. Nor does it need to have them in exactly the form I describe. Heck, it could have some stuff I haven't even thought to mention. But however your diner looks, it has to work in your story.

Your diner could look like paradise. Or it could look like a dive. I'm not so strict on how the diners look as long as they work for me.

That said . . .

Good writing . . . and good dinering!