CONTACT: Greg Quick
Interim Vice President for Advancement Feb. 18, 2010
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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James E. Martin Reschedules Book Signing at Concord University
ATHENS, W.Va. - West Virginia author James E. Martin will hold a book signing at Concord University on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010. The event will be held in the Presidents Room of Marsh Library from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Martin was previously scheduled to visit Concord University on Friday, Feb. 19.
He will have copies of his books available for purchase and have his illustrations on display.
While on campus, Martin will also visit a children’s literature class to speak with Concord University students.
Martin has written the popular “Grandpa Ed’s Bedtime Stories,” “The Chartreuse Mongoose,” “Life Aboard the Monkey Bus,” “Now What,” and “FEET – a Chronicle of the Places My Feet Have Taken Me in Eighty Seven Years.”
He has also penned his autobiography. Martin said he wrote the story of his life “as a family history to inform his children and grandchildren where they came from.”
Martin was born Nov. 29, 1921 at Brownsville, Penn. to a Scottish immigrant father and a Welch immigrant mother. His mother died within weeks of his birth and his father later abandoned him. He grew to adulthood with foster parents on a farm located in western Greenbrier County, W.Va.
He married his high school sweetheart, Betty Jean Martin, and graduated from Morris Harvey College.
A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Martin is a Master Parachutist. He also served with the Army Attache Service at the American Embassy, Seoul, Korea.
Martin is a volunteer reader for students at White Sulphur Elementary School. He travels throughout West Virginia to dozens of other elementary schools.