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WV Author to Visit Gassaway Public Library

One of West Virginia’s best-known authors, Katherine Manley, will be visiting the Gassaway Public Library on July 15, at 1:00 p.m. to discuss her new book “Don’t Tell ‘Em You’re Cold”. Manley’s compelling memoir is a story about a family with so many strikes against it that even a five-year-old contributes to its survival.
Area residents are encouraged to mark their calendar and come to hear Katherine Manley discuss her childhood and her hope for the future. Mrs. Manley will have copies of her book to sell.
Katherine Manley lives in southern West Virginia and has been an educator in Logan County schools for over 35 years. Earning degrees from Marshall University and West Virginia State University, she is a National Board-Certified Teacher.
She is a fellow of the 1995 West Virginia Writing Project directed by Dr. Fran Simone and the 1996 West Virginia Humanities Council Appalachian Seminar directed by Dr. Judy Byers. Her writing has been featured in Hamilton Stone Review, Traditions: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Educational Awareness, The Guyandot Observer, and Fearless: Women’s Journeys to Self-Empowerment. Her short stories have placed in the West Virginia Writers’ Contests, and her memoir was a semi-finalist in William Faulkner’s Writing Competition.
Katherine has won several prestigious teaching awards including finalist for West Virginia Teacher of the Year, Arch Coal Teacher of the Year, and The Prodigy Foundation Teacher Achievement Award given in memory of the Rocket Boys’ beloved teacher, Freida J. Riley of Coalwood, West Virginia.
She is married and the mother of three adult children and has two precious grandsons. In her spare time, you’ll find Katherine hiking the heavenly mountains of West Virginia, reading by a cozy fire, or relaxing at the beach.