Three local authors offer weekend book events

CHARLES TOWN – Three Jefferson County authors have special events lined up for Saturday:

  • Rob Danno, whose book recounts his faceoff as a National Park Service Ranger with a powerful NFL owner, will speak in Charles Town Saturday morning.
    Mystery novelist Lauren Carr will hold a daylong writing workshop in Charles Town.
    and Lyn Widmyer – author of the memoir, “Chasing Cows: I’m Not in the Suburbs Anymore” – will hold a book signing in Shepherdstown Saturday afternoon.
    Danno will discuss “Worth Fighting For: A Park Ranger’s Unexpected Battle against Federal Bureaucrats & Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder” starting at 10 a.m. in the Community Room of Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.
    The book traces the showdown that followed Danno’s complaints about the NPS’ behind-the-scenes decision to allow Snyder to cut down a stand of protected trees behind his mansion to improve the home’s view of the Potomac.
    “Worth Fighting For” has been described as a mix of crime drama, conspiracy thriller, courtroom nail-biter and adventure tale.
    Following his presentation, the Shepherdstown-based author – who today works with the NPS at Antietam – will answer questions about his book. He’ll also have copies of his book for sale.
    Carr’s writing/publishing workshop, open to anyone, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oakland Church at 70 Oak Terrace. The $15 fee includes lunch.
    The Harpers Ferry resident – who also works as a publishing consultant through her business Acorn Book Services – most recent mystery is “Shades of Murder.”
    In the “Make That Dream of Becoming an Author a Reality” workshop, Carr will offer expert advice to any interested community members interested in writing and publishing a book. To sign up, anyone interested may go online to or call Oakland Church at 304-725-3737.
    Carr also soon will begin a new round of writing and publishing classes through Adult and Community Education. A 10-week class on book publishing begins Aug. 22 in Martinsburg. A six-week series on writing begins in Charles Town on Sept. 4.
    Widmyer, a native New Yorker, has won praise for her humor-filled memoir is called “Chasing Cows: I’m Not in the Suburbs Anymore.”
    In the book, the Jefferson County Commissioner and former urban planner tells the story of her life in West Virginia following her 1981 marriage to a lifelong Eastern Panhandle cattle farmer.
    Among the highlights: Traveling with her friend Carol Vogler and a made-from-scratch cake to the federal prison in Monroe County to welcome newly incarcerated style guru Martha Stewart to the Mountain State.
    Widmyer will sign copies of the $10 book at Four Seasons Books at 116 W. German St. from 3 to 5 p.m.
    For more information, call the bookstore at 304-876-3486. In Charles Town, the book is for sale at Beasley’s Books and Eccentricities at 725 W. Washington St. It’s also available at Learn more at or by calling 304-279-3201.

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