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John Temple, a West Virginia University Assistant Professor of Journalism, teaches news and feature-writing courses and heads the News-Editorial sequence. He is a former staff writer for the Tampa Tribune and reporter for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. In addition to Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope, his forthcoming book, Deadhouse, will be published by the University of Mississippi Press.
Beverly Van Hook was born in Huntington and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism. Van Hook spent twenty-two years working as a newspaper journalist before resigning to focus on a fiction-writing career. Her first book, The Mystery of the Shrunken Heads, introduced the character Supergranny, a "gray-haired detective who drives a red Ferrari and fights crime." There are now seven Supergranny tales. She has also published an adult mystery, Fiction, Fact, and Murder. The novel is set in a town based loosely on Buckhannon, WV, and features a college very similar to WV Wesleyan College.
Jeannette Walls is a graduate of Barnard College and lived in Welch, WV for a brief time. She is the former gossip correspondent for E! Channel and New York Magazine's "Intelligencer". She can now be seen on MSNBC television and appears on MSNBC online. Ms. Walls lives in New York City with her husband who is also an author. Her first book, Dish: The Inside Story of the World of Gossip, was followed by her most recent penning, The Glass Castle, that tells the story of her nomadic and hardscrabble childhood as well as her free-spirited but negligent parents.


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