West Virginia Book Festival

Dave Pelzer

The victim of child abuse, Dave Pelzer was rescued at the age of 12 and raised in a series of foster homes. Now he uses his life experiences to teach others how to let go of the past and use negative experiences to make them stronger when tackling the future. Pelzer will speak on this subject at the West Virginia Book Festival at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Pelzer’s appearance is sponsored in part by the Segal & Davis Family Foundation.

Pelzer has written seven inspirational books, two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His memoir, “A Child Called ‘It,'” is read and discussed in high schools across the country. His latest title is “Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life.”

The West Virginia Book Festival will be held Oct. 22 and 23. The annual, two-day event celebrates books and reading and offers something for all age groups. A variety of authors will attend, participating in book signings, readings, workshops and panel discussions. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the Marketplace filled with children’s activities. Admission to the festival is free.

The event is presented by The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc., Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail and is sponsored by The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation, Pam Tarr and Gary Hart, Wal-Mart and Borders Express at Charleston Town Center. For more information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.