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Washington Post, movie producer and author speaks at University of Charleston

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Wil Haygood signs copies of his book before leading a discussion at UC. Wil Haygood signs copies of his book before leading a discussion at UC.
CHARLESTON, WV -

He's a Washington Post writer, movie producer and author of the new book "The Butler: A Witness to History". On Tuesday evening, Wil Haygood kicked off the 2013-14 University of Charleston Speaker Series sponsored by Dow Chemical Company Foundation. The university hosted a book signing for Haygood in Riggleman Hall's Rotunda right before he led a discussion in Geary Auditorium.

Haygood's book came from an article he wrote for the Washington Post in 2008 about the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents. It's been turned into a recent film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Haygood worked at the Charleston Gazette for two years in the early 1980s. He is the author of a trio of biographies and a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow. Haygood has also received a number of other awards and accolades for his work.