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Textbook War


The West Virginia Book Festival/Fair is Unfair

By Karl Priest

The following is a complete chronological chain of communication. Explanatory notes are in red.

 Will Your Fair be Fair?

sarah.mitchell@kanawhalibrary.org

5-5-19

Dear Ms. Mitchell:           

For some reason, I have always thought of the  West Virginia Book Festival  as the West Virginia Book Fair.  (Fair being  defined by Webster.)  However, Webster's definition of "festival"  is fine.

Webster's definition of "festival" is closely related to a celebration.

I respectfully request that the folks who make the West Virginia Book Festival happen should be fair and truly celebrate diversity.  There is a book (mine) that has been censored and suppressed for almost ten years.  Here is  evidence to back up my claim.  Of particular interest to you should be item #5.  I did not note a memory of the day I had a begrudged booth at the "Festival" and unsuccessfully tried to get my book mentioned by the public address announcer who was plugging other books.

Since this is the 45th anniversary of the Kanawha County event that launched the national Culture War, the West Virginia Book Festival should make a special place for  PROTESTER VOICES--The 1974 Textbook Tea Party .

Sincerely,

Karl Priest
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May 15, 2019

Dear Mr. Karl Priest,

The Book Festival Committee regrets to inform you that the West Virginia Book Festival is full. All applications for programming and marketplace were due in March. (I had major surgery in March. Karl’s note inserted here as an FYI.) If you wish to be added to the wait list for the marketplace please submit an application.

Sincerely,

Sarah

Sarah Mitchell

Main Library Public Service Manager
Kanawha County Public Library
123 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV  25301
304-343-4646 x1246

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May 15, 2019 10:38 AM

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

Under the circumstances of the obvious censorship/suppression of Protester Voices—The 1974 Textbook Tea Party and the previous actions regarding the book by the WV Book Festival, it would be appropriate for the acceptance of my application at this point. I have a PowerPoint presentation that exposes the media and academia fake news and propaganda propagation that has slurred thousands of innocent citizens of our state.

Please send me an application.

Thank you.

Karl Priest

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May 15, 2019 2:01 PM

Dear Ms. Mitchell,

Just to be clear, I am not requesting an application for a display table.

If the WV Book Festival’s featured authors (James Patterson, Salina Yoon, Orson Scott, Anthony Harkins, Meredith McCarroll, and Denise Kiernon) had to fill out an application—please send me the one they used.

Also, d oes the KCPL Board of Directors oversee the WV Book Festival?

Are you speaking on behalf of the board that oversees the WV Book Festival?

Thank you.

Karl Priest

KCPL Board of Directors

riti.grover@kanawhalibrary.org

5-7-19

Dear Ms. Grover:

Does the KCPL Board of Directors oversee the WV Book Festival?

Thank you.

Karl Priest

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Automatic reply: KCPL Board of Directors

5-7-19

Greetings!

Thanks for reaching out!

I look forward to continuing our conversation, when I am back in my office on 5/13/19.

Meanwhile, if you need an immediate assistance please call Admn. Coordinator, Sara Caswell at extension 1268.

Thank you and best regards,

Riti
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5-14-19

Dear Ms. Grover:

This is just a polite reminder.

Thank you.

Karl Priest

The following was sent via two emails and a postal mail and included the chain of emails above.

Email one:

ttreadway@wvpublic.org , kfitzgerald@wvpublic.org , jwright2@wvpublic.org , croberts@wvpublic.org , stringer@wvhumanities.org , april.wallace@kanawhalibrary.org, melissa.burchett@kanawhalibrary.org

Email two:

heather.s.campbell@wv.gov , awoodyard@bbandt.com , pnibert@marshall.edu

Postal mail:

Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial  Foundation
PO Box 78, Lansing, WV 25862-0078

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May 16, 2019

Hello:

Your contact information was obtained from the links provided at the West Virginia Book Festival  website under “Charter Presenters and Sponsors.”  I thought you would be interested in my request for the West Virginia Book Festival to display true liberal open-mindedness and take advantage of the 45 th Anniversary of one of the major historical events in the history of West Virginia.

The details are explained in the email thread pasted below my name.

Please do your part to make this event happen.

Thank you.

Karl Priest
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May 17, 2019

Dear Mr. Priest,

Thank you for your email and information regarding your book.  The West Virginia Library Commission is a sponsor but is not involved in programming or marketplace decisions for the Book Festival.   When time and space is limited due to the venue, it is hard to ensure all programming applications are accepted for an event.

Regards,

Heather

Heather Campbell Shock
Director of Library and Development Services
West Virginia Library Commission
Phone: (304) 558-2045
SMS Quick Reference: (304) 924-2058
Email: Heather.S.Campbell@wv.gov   

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May 17, 2019

Dear Ms. Campbell:

Thank you for your response.

Will the West Virginia Library Commission take advantage of this opportunity to expose how the book PROTESTER VOICES--The 1974 Textbook Tea Party   that has been censored and suppressed for almost ten years.  Here is evidence to back up my claim.  

I have a PowerPoint presentation that exposes the media and academia fake news and propaganda propagation that has slurred thousands of innocent citizens of our state.

How about it?

Thank you,

Karl Priest

Finally, I contacted the media.

May 20, 2019

Dear Member of the Media:

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams

The fact is that you will either censor this Press Release/News Tip, report this Press Release/News Tip with a negative slant, or objectively report this Press Release/News Tip.

June marks the 45 th anniversary of a monumental historical event in West Virginia history. This event had national repercussions that effect the current Culture War.

Unfortunately, personal prejudices caused biased reporting and shoddy research that has defamed thousands of fine citizens of West Virginia.

This is your chance to set the record straight about the event known as the Kanawha County Textbook Protest.

On May 5 I sent the following request to the representative of the (October 4 & 5, 2019) West Virginia Book Festival:

There is a book (mine) that has been censored and suppressed for almost ten years.  Here is evidence to back up my claim .  Of particular interest to you should be item #5.  I did not note a memory of the day I had a begrudged booth at the "Festival" and unsuccessfully tried to get my book mentioned by the public address announcer who was plugging other books.

My request was declined with the excuse that the “applications for programming and marketplace were due in March.”

I replied:

Under the circumstances of the obvious censorship/suppression of Protester Voices—The 1974 Textbook Tea Party and the previous actions regarding the book by the WV Book Festival, it would be appropriate for the acceptance of my application at this point. I have a PowerPoint presentation that exposes the media and academia fake news and propaganda propagation that has slurred thousands of innocent citizens of our state.

I will provide a copy of the complete email communication chain upon your request.

I urge you, Media Member, to see the evidence to back up my claim at http://www.insectman.us/testimony/banned-book.htm. PLEASE pay particular attention to item #5 regarding the West Virginia Book Festival.

So, Media Member, what facts will result from how you handle this Press Release/News Tip?

Respectfully,

Karl Priest
304-769-0217

Media contacted:

talkline@wvmetronews.com, jparsons@wvmetronews.com, haught@wvgazettemail.com, ben.fields@wvgazettemail.com, gmoore@wvgazettemail.com, ryan.quinn@wvgazettemail.com, maria.young@wvgazettemail.com, catherine.caudill@wvgazettemail.com, ericeyre@wvgazettemail.com, jake.zuckerman@wvgazettemail.com , news@herald-dispatch.com, lmcgill@herald-dispatch.com, rbledsoe@herald-dispatch.com , bnash@herald-dispatch.com , dan.klein@wsaz.com, tim.irr@wsaz.com, amanda.barren@wsaz.com, melanie.shafer@wsaz.com, rob.johnson@wsaz.com, taylor.eaton@wsaz.com, susan.nicholas@wsaz.com, news@wchstv.com, kbass@sbgtv.com, kbgunderson@sbgtv.com, gdmcclanahan@sbgtv.com, baaron@sbgtv.com, jmcandrews@sbgtv.com, kjcart@sbgtv.com, rlord@sbgtv.com, dbbenton@sbgtv.com, sdelancey@sbgtv.com, larubin@sbgtv.com, markmartin@sbgtv.com, news@wowktv.com, psimon@wowktv.com, mmcauliffe@wowktv.com, lbradley@wowktv.com , slitton@wowktv.com, tlopez@wowktv.com , iteamnews@wchstv.com, chwpr@ap.org

There were no replies and there was (to date) not any news coverage.

See how Protester Voices has been censored and suppressed.

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