We're heading into summer reading season and as luck would have it there's a bunch of events slated for this week for local authors.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, head over to Black Sheep Burrito & Brews, 279 9th Street in Huntington, where there will be a book launch party for Bert Fulks' new book, "X-Plan Parenting: Become Your Child's Ally: A Guide to Raising Strong Kids in a Challenging World." The launch party is hosting giveaways, readings, behind-the-scenes fun and book-signings.
The creator of the viral parenting concept the "X-Plan" illuminates the importance of awakening your child's unique strength-while also taking an introspective look at your own life story to become a better parent.
Last year, father and former teacher Bert Fulks's simple parenting idea went viral: if your teenagers find themselves in a situation where they feel uncomfortable or trapped, they can text a family member an "X." That family member will then call, giving the teen a way out, while still maintaining their freedom — and no questions will be asked.
Now in X-Plan Parenting, Fulks expands on the how and the why behind his plan, emphasizing the importance of developing trusting relationships with our kids. Drawing on biblical principles, Fulks's approach illuminates how even though parents want the best for children, they sometimes parent from a place of brokenness and a desire for control rather than support and encouragement.
Book jacket quotes include this, "Bert Fulks is a storyteller who uses honesty and vulnerability to help guide parents to cultivate their own child's God-given authentic self," wrote Margaret Dempsey, PhD, licensed psychologist.
"Christian principles guide this work, but many of the ideas, such as the "X" plan, will likely resonate with a wider audience," wrote Library Journal. The book is now open for pre-order on Amazon.com
Huntington native Weisberg coming home for book signing
Dr. Michael Weisberg, a Huntington native who has been in private practice in Plano, Texas since 1991, is coming home this weekend to celebrate the release of his second medical-based novel.
Weisberg will be at Inner Geek Huntington at Pullman Square from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 14, to sign copies of his latest novel, "The End."
"Before I put patients to sleep for their colonoscopies, I ask if they have any questions. Many comically reply, "Doc, what's the meaning of life?" Weisberg writes explaining the book. "I always reply that their question cannot be answered because there is no one meaning to life, but instead the question should be, what gives meaning to their individual life?"
In the first half of In The End, five characters search for what gives meaning to their lives. They sort through issues such as religion, their relationship with God, homosexuality, abuse, loss of a loved one, ambition, economic disparity, and life after death. Weisberg's first novel "The Hospitalist" (2014), was a prescient and humorous thriller about the practice of medicine in modern times. In 2016, Dr. Weisberg was selected to give a TedTalk on "How the Art of Medicine Became a Business in the 21st Century." He is currently writing his third novel.
Dr. Weisberg graduated in 1981 from Vanderbilt University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1985 and completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
He has been in private practice in Plano, Texas, since 1991. He has been recognized as a 'Super-Doctor' by Texas Monthly and named to D Magazine's list of best doctors eight times. Dr. Weisberg also serves as a board member of Digestive Health Associates of Texas.
Meet author Robert W. Walker and get a free audible book
Robert W. Walker, teaches a full Adjunct load of classes in writing and research writing at WVSU in Institute and works part time with Job Corps in Charleston.
When the Hurricane resident is not teaching, he is voraciously writing. He is the author of some ten separate series and multi-volume novels as well as "Dead On Writing," which is his Creative Writing class in ebook and audio formats.
"While born in Corinth, MS., I was raised from an early age in inner-city Chicago, which explains why I write crime and horror novels primarily, although, as Twain was/is my spiritual mentor," Walker writes. "I have trained on writing in any genre I pick up and have done so with a whopping 80 novels — all on Amazon Kindle shelves and now have 50 audible.com
titles as well."
To share the wealth of word and stories, Walker will be passing out free audible promo codes at his book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Inner Geek.
"I just recently discovered that all the audible titles have between 25-50 promo codes apiece, which amounts to over 2000 audible books I can and will be offering up free to customers at Inner Geek," Walker said.
'Storming Heaven' with Tracy Lawrence
So how cool is this? West Virginia Public Theatre is presenting a new musical and the world premiere of "Storming Heaven: The Musical," that is based on the incredible WV novel by Denis Giardina.
The musical was adapted for the stage by Katy Blake and Peter Davenport and doing the music is Katy Blake, Peter Davenport, Tracy Lawrence, and Flip Anderson. Yes, that Tracy Lawrence — who has charted more than 40 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including eight songs that reached No. 1.Giardina, the famed WV novelist, will do a talk-back after the June 16th show. It is recommended for ages 12+ due to mild language and violence.