CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The author of a novel set in West Virginia for young readers will come to Charleston this fall as part of the annual West Virginia Book Festival.
Marilyn Sue Shank's novel for young readers, "Child of the Mountains," is set in rural West Virginia in 1953 and features teenager Lydia Hawkins, whose tight-knit family is torn asunder when her grandmother and younger brother die, and her mother is jailed unjustly.
Shank will speak at the Book Festival at 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Charleston Civic Center, and will autograph books after her talk.
Shank has a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas, and has taught general and special education at the elementary, secondary and college levels. She co-authored the first four editions of "Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today's Schools." "Child of the Mountains" is her first novel.
The 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival will be held Oct. 13 and 14. Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse mystery series, has been announced as the event's headliner. The 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 and Books-A-Million.