March 14, 2014

HMA Museum Shop to host book launch for “Guyandotte” by Bob Withers

The Huntington Museum of Art's Museum Shop will host a book launch for "Guyandotte" by Bob Withers at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Admission is free. Copies of "Guyandotte" will be available for purchase the night of the event. Free Tuesdays at HMA are sponsored by Macy's.

Author James Casto will be signing copies of his latest book titled "Legendary Locals of Huntington, West Virginia" at the March 18 event as well. Casto is the retired associate editor of The Herald-Dispatch and author of a number of books on local and regional history. There will be a limited number of his earlier books available for purchase at the museum signing.

Withers is a Guyandotte native, who has written, co-written or edited 19 books in addition to dozens of freelance magazine articles and hundreds of newspaper articles about railroads, steamboats and other historical subjects. "The President Travels by Train" was Withers' first book, which was published in 1996. After a 38-year career as a reporter and copy editor, Withers retired from The Herald-Dispatch on April 1, 2007. He has been a pastor for more than 40 years with 31 of those years at Seventh Avenue Baptist Church in Huntington.

Withers holds bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Marshall University and is a 55-year charter member of the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc. He has been married to the former Sue Ann Saunders for 44 years and they have three daughters and four grandchildren.

For more information on events at HMA, visit www.hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.

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