Two autobiographies published by the West Virginia University Press were nominated for �€?Book of the Year�€? honors by Foreword magazine at the recent Book Expo of America in Washington , D.C.

�€?Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields,�€? U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s memoir, and �€?Afflicting the Comfortable�€? by Thomas F. Stafford, were among the top six titles nominated in the autobiographies category.

It was the first time the WVU Press has attended the Book Expo of America. The Expo is known for its world-class conferencing and educational programs, as well as its networking opportunities. This year’s event had 2,000 exhibits and 60 conference session with 500 authors participating.

�€?This is where the industry comes to show off,�€? said Patrick Conner, director of the Press. �€?Although it was our first time there, it is yet another milestone in our history.�€?

Connor said the Press also used the Expo to get the word out about some of its highly anticipated new releases, including �€?Surviving Mae West�€? by Priscilla A. Rodd, �€?Going�€? by Kevin Oderman, and �€?Music in the Air Somewhere: The Shifting Borders of West Virginia’s Fiddle and Song Traditions�€? by Erynn Marshall.

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