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Feb. 25, 2009 @ 07:20 PM

WHAT: A 128-page book with 200 vintage images called "Images of America: The Great Ohio River Flood of 1937."

HOW MUCH: $21.99

ABOUT THE BOOK: In 1937, raging floodwaters inundated thousands of houses, businesses, factories and farms in a half-dozen states, drove 1 million people from their homes, claimed nearly 400 lives and recorded $500 million in damages. Adding to the misery was the fact that the disaster came during the depths of the Depression, when many families were already struggling. "Images of America: The Great Ohio River Flood of 1937" brings together 200 vintage images that offer readers a look at one of the darkest chapters in the region's history.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Retired newspaperman James E. Casto of Huntington has written 10 books. He has written five Arcadia Publishing books. In 2006, the Cabell County Public Library paid tribute to his efforts as an historian by naming its James E. Casto Local History Room in his honor. Casto spent more than 40 years as a reporter and editor at The Herald-Dispatch. He retired from the newspaper in 2004.

MEET THE AUTHOR: Casto and Bob Withers will be signing copies of their latest books from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Borders at the Huntington Mall. Casto will sign his new book "The Great Ohio River Flood of 1937" and Withers will sign his book "The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in W.Va." Call 304-736-6233.



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