The Appalachian Prison Book Project, an official West Virginia University student organization, will host a Fall Carnival and Cake Walk from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in Stansbury Hall Gymnasium.

Admission to the event is $3 which includes a ticket for onewalkin one of the cake walks as well as a ticket to have a photograph taken by the events official photographer. Attendees will also be allowed to buy additional tickets to participate in the cake walks for $1 each.

More than a dozen cakes will be awarded to lucky cakewalkersfrom traditional varieties to a vegan cake.

The event will also feature a variety of games for children, capped off by a dramatic performance by local childrens actors fresh off their spring production ofCommander Toad.

Hardcover books by well-known authors will also be sold.

All money raised from the event will be used to fulfill the Appalachian Prison Book Projectscentral mission�€to distribute books free of charge to women and men in prison. The group focuses on the Appalachian region, principally West Virginia, but considers other requests.

The Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP) is composed of WVU students and professors as well as members of the Morgantown community.

In addition to our primary work of putting needed books in the hands of women and men in prison, the Appalachian Prison Book Project builds important connections, bringing together people involved in literacy efforts, prison reform, faith-based action and violence prevention,said Professor Katy Ryan, the groups founder.

We also are in contact with family members of prisoners who are looking for a supportive community. I hope people will come to the carnival and l earn more about the project�€and possibly win a cake!

There are more than 7,000 men and women incarcerated in West Virginia alone, and most of them are living with few resources by which to better their lives,said Mark Brazaitis, an APBP member and the author of an award-winning short story about an abused wife who is imprisoned for the murder of her husband.Books are still our civilizations most transformative resource. Theyre food for the soul and the intellect. We find that stifling the imagination and intellectual curiosity of anyone is a sad and unnecessary waste.

Stansbury Hall is on Jerry West Boulevard ( Beechurst Avenue), across from the Beechurst Avenue PRT station.

For more information about the Appalachian Prison Book Project, write to: P.O. Box 601 Morgantown, WV 26507 or email .