Saturday event to celebrate W.Va. author Pancake
MILTON, W.Va. -- An award-winning author from West Virginia will be remembered today on what would have been his 61st birthday.
Breece D'J Pancake will be the subject of a daylong event at the Milton Public Library, beginning at 10 a.m. with an overview of Pancake's life and career by Grace Toney Edwards, professor emeritus in English and Appalachian studies at Radford University
Pancake was born in South Charleston, grew up in Milton and graduated from Marshall University. His stories were published in literary magazines in the late 1970s and, after Pancake committed suicide in 1979, his stories were collected and published in 1983. Other events Monday include: "Native Ground, the Role of Place in Shaping Literary Imagination" by Rob McDonald of the Virginia Military Institute, at 11 a.m.; an analysis of Pancake's writing by author and Marshall professor Marie Manilla at 1:30 p.m.; "Breece As We Knew Him" by a panel of his peers at 2:30 p.m.; "The Impact of Pancake's Work" by Phyllis Wilson Moore, project director for the West Virginia Literary Map, at 3:30 p.m.; and a walking tour at 4:30 p.m.