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Uncle Terry’s Gift Ideas from WV Authors List 2015

Nigh on a decade ago, Terry McNemar, our former president who recently passed away, began an annual gift guide for books by West Virginia authors.  The last time we ran one on this blog, however, was 2011.  With his passing this year, we felt it was time to re-institute this annual tradition in his honor.  And as such, it's only fitting that Terry's books are #1 and #2 on the list.

So while you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget to support these WV Writer, Inc. authors. And don’t forget to stop at your local bookstores: Tamarack, Taylor Books in Charleston, Empire Books & News in Huntington, the Open Book in Lewisburg, Four Seasons Books in Shepherdstown, Vandalia Press, Main Line Books in Elkins, …to name just a few.  Those are great places where you might find these books!

If you are a member of West Virginia Writers and your book is not listed here, please send it in immediately and we will get you added to the list.  Send those to  You may also send links to your own website.  We'll be happy to post them as well.


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The passing of a friend

 (From Terry McNemar)

The Passing of a Dear Friend

Dick Lewis
It is with the heartfelt regret that we inform you of the passing of one of West Virginia Writers finest. Richard A. “Dick” Lewis died on a Tuesday, November 1. He was seventy-five. He leaves his wife Judie, daughters Nancy and Marcy, sons Michael, Scott, and John, eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Quite a living legacy, and there’s more.

Dick was a retired Accountant, a U. S. Army veteran, Vice President of the Master Gardeners, a board member of the WV Writers, Inc. serving as Treasurer and 1st VP, and a member of the Toastmasters Club. In his retirement Dick and Judie hosted many at their Bed and Breakfast, The Stone Manse Inn.

Dick was one of us. He was a writer. His stories are compelling and well crafted - a fascinating storyteller and living proof is his collection, Naked Man’s Rock.

I guess it was Dick’s nature to give back and he gave back to this organization ten-fold. As a regional rep, I sat in on board meetings and when Dick offered his two cents on an issue, it was solid gold. As treasurer his wisdom kept the executive board on the straight and narrow, even past his term. Unless you are an executive board member and witness firsthand what these members give of themselves to the group, you will have to take it from us who the real heroes of West Virginia Writers are. Dick Lewis was such a man.

Dick was awarded the J.U.G. – Just Uncommonly Good! Jug Award at the 2010 Awards Banquet for what he’d given of himself to West Virginia Writers.

And you know, he’s giving still.

In Lieu of Flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to West Virginia Writers, Inc.; 906 18th St., Vienna, WV 26105 (


You may list your condolences and learn of funeral arrangements at Wallace and Wallace, Inc - Funeral Homes

To get a copy of Dick's book, Naked Man's Rock, click here.

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Member passing

It is with great regret that I inform you that WV Writers member Richard A. Lewis has passed away.  During his time with WV Writers, Richard served as parliamentarian, 1st vice president and treasurer.  He was always a soul given to providing wise counsel with an eye toward the health of the organization.  He was also a friend who I knew from writing workshops I took with him for several years in the Lewisburg area.  

In 2010 he published a collection of his short fiction entitled Naked Man's Rock.

Richard battled cancer over the past year and had been in remission until the last week.

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