"Of course, it will stress all the things Byrd did for West Virginia. Both West Virginia and the Senate already miss his impact on the national scene," he said, "but Byrd also has a major place in American history. He made so much history that is left out of history books.
"Senator William Proxmire told Byrd he was the unsung hero of Watergate. He is the one who broke it open."
In 1989, Corbin published "Life, Work, and Rebellion in the Coal Fields: The Southern West Virginia Miners, 1880-1922."
At the West Virginia Book Festival, Corbin will join other speakers, including Charlaine Harris, best-selling urban fantasy novelist; Christopher Wilkinson, a West Virginia University music history professor; and children's book author Marilyn Sue Shank.
The annual event will be held at the Charleston Civic Center Oct. 13-14. Admission 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 Charleston Daily Mail and is sponsored by The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation, Pam Tarr and Gary Hart, the Friends of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County and Books-A-Million.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.