West Virginia Book Festival

Lee Child

Laconic drifter Jack Reacher doesn’t want trouble, but it sure knows how to find him. Kirkus Reviews says, “Reacher is the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.” And Lee Child, author of the 16 Jack Reacher novels, will speak at the West Virginia Book Festival at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

Child is the author of the New York Times best sellers “Persuader,” “The Enemy,” “One Shot” and “The Hard Way,” and the #1 best sellers “61 Hours,” “Gone Tomorrow,” “Bad Luck and Trouble” and “Nothing to Lose.” All his titles have been optioned for major motion pictures. A native of England and a former television director, Child lives in New York City. His latest title is “The Affair.”

The West Virginia Book Festival will be held Oct. 22 and 23. The annual, two-day event celebrates books and reading and offers something for all age groups. A variety of authors will attend, participating in book signings, readings, workshops and panel discussions. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the Marketplace filled with children’s activities. Admission to the festival is free.

The event is presented by The Library Foundation of Kanawha County Inc., Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail and is sponsored by The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation, Pam Tarr and Gary Hart, Wal-Mart and Borders Express at Charleston Town Center. For  information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.