Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

March 19, 2014

Work of noted local author lives on

— — As many of you know, 23 years ago my father, David Pedneau, died quite unexpectedly. I was only 4-years old, but even then I understood how important my father was to the community. He wrote for the Princeton Times, was a magistrate in Mercer County and of course became an acclaimed author.

I never really knew my father but thankfully as I grew up I was fortunate enough to hear stories from all different parts of the community regarding the impact he had. As the years passed by his books went out of print and became harder to find. I was approached many times with questions on how people could find his books. I always pointed them to used bookstores or to check online. Everyone always pushed me to get his books republished, but I had no idea where to start. Through sheer luck I stumbled across an old friend of his on Facebook. She gave my information to her publisher and I’m proud to say that most of his books are now available in eBook format on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

If it wasn’t for everyone in our community I wouldn’t have had the motivation or inspiration to get his work back in the spotlight, or more importantly, had the chance to get to know my father. Through those stories I learn more about him than I could ever imagine. To those who have shared your stories with me, I thank you and carry them with me, always.

Holly Pedneau

Princeton

 

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