West Virginia Book Festival

Stories on Book Festival authors Corbin and Shank

In case you missed it, a couple of news stories appeared recently about authors who will be coming to the Book Festival in less than two weeks:

Cecelia Mason at West Virginia Public Broadcasting talked to David Corbin, longtime U.S. Senate staffer for Sen. Robert C. Byrd, about his new book on Byrd and his encounters with 11 presidents, “The Last Great Senator.” According to the story, Corbin’s book challenges some of the long-held views on Byrd’s early career — specifically, the idea that Byrd was a racist in his early years in Congress.

Also, the Gazette’s Paul Nyden went to listen to Marilyn Sue Shank, author of “Child of the Mountains,” when she spoke at the University of Charleston Builders Luncheon series. Although that’s her first book, Shank said she hopes to write another three novels for young adults and another one for middle-grade children. She also talked about her use of dialect in “Child of the Mountains,” despite specific advice not to do that.

Corbin will speak in the Book Festival’s annual Settle Session at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Shank will speak on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 12:30 p.m.