Local author hosts book signing

Staff Report


CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. – Aracoma Drug Company will host a special Christmas-time author meet and greet and book signing inside their Chapmanville store this Fri., Dec. 11th, from 2 to 4 p.m.

According to event planners, the store is beautifully decorated for the holidays, and there is a treasure of gift-giving possibilities which will be on display during the event: they add that personally autographed books make especially unique Christmas gifts.

The occasion will feature Logan County author F. Keith Davis, an award-winning writer and publisher. His book titles include The Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman; The Feuding Hatfields & McCoys (an Amazon Top-100 Bestseller); West Virginia Tough Boys; Images of America: Logan County, WV; and the popular inspirational title, After All These Years: The Authorized Biography of the Hoppers—America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music.

Davis has penned articles for a number of state and national publications, including WildWest Magazine, Rotorcraft Professional Magazine, West Virginia Magazine, Goldenseal Magazine, and features in a variety of newspapers across the country over the years. He’s written inspirational features for Singing News Magazine, U.S. Gospel News, Bill & Gloria Gaither’s Homecoming Magazine, and numerous history-based and inspirational websites, as well.

As an author and historian, he was interviewed on-camera for HISTORY channel’s 2012 documentary, “The Hatfields and McCoys: America’s Greatest Feud,” narrated by Kevin Costner and directed by Emmy® nominated director/producer Mark Cowen. Additionally, he provided historical resource materials and vintage photographs for the critically acclaimed film, as well.

Over the years, Davis has appeared on C-Span BookTV; CBN/The 700 Club (pertaining to the Hatfield-McCoy Feud); WV Public Television and Radio; numerous Mountain State television and radio stations, Metronews Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval; Viewpoint with Jean Dean; and other television and radio programs. He was interviewed for a 2013 article in the Wall Street Journal pertaining to the history of the feud.

He was the recipient of the 2013 JUG Award (JUG stands for Just Uncommonly Good). It’s described as the most prestigious recognition presented by West Virginia Writers, Inc., awarded for outstanding support of writers, or for writers who have endured and produced exceptionally.

He is the CEO of Woodland Press, LLC, an independent book publishing firm—a micro-press—that focuses on Appalachian-based book titles; and he is also a Community Engagement Specialist for Logan Mingo Area Mental Health, at Stollings, WV.

Davis has published and/or edited more than 40 groundbreaking books—including a 2010 Bram Stoker Award-Winner, a 2010 Black Quill Award Winner, a 2015 Bram Stoker Award finalist, a 2004 Tamarack Book of the Year, and three Amazon Top-Sellers in 2012—all with Appalachian themes or backdrops.

The local pharmacy and gift shop will also have refreshments on hand during the book-signing event. Aracoma Drug Company is located at 722 Main Street, in downtown Chapmanville, WV; for additional information about the event, or to reserve your autographed book, call 304-855-4541.


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