CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pearl S. Buck discussion
Educator and author Edwina Dawn Pendarvis will talk about Pearl S. Buck and her West Virginia heritage at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at the main Kanawha County Public Library on Capitol Street.
Buck, only one of two American women to win the Nobel Prize in literature, died in 1973. She was born in Hillsboro, but was raised in China, where her parents were missionaries.
Among the hundreds of books that Pearl S. Buck wrote is a newly discovered novel called "The Eternal Wonder," a coming-of-age story of a gifted young man whose search for meaning leads him to New York, England, Paris and Korea.
Pendarvis, professor emeritus at Marshall University, was recently awarded the West Virginia Education Association's Pearl S. Buck Memorial Award. In her talk, she will look at how Buck's West Virginia heritage combined with her childhood in China helped form her fiction. Light refreshments will follow the presentation.
Pendarvis has also written young-adult biographies of four Nobel laureates in literature that were published in a dual-language edition (English and Chinese) and include a biography of Buck.
Fine free week
All Kanawha County Public Library locations will observe Fine Free Week Oct. 14 through 20.
During this time, patrons may return overdue items to any library location and no fines will be charged for the returned items. Overdue fines will also be waived for overdue items deposited in the book return during Fine Free Week.
However, the $15 long overdue fee for items more than 45 days past due will not be waived.
The Nitro Public Library will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 14.