West Virginia Book Festival

Flinn added to festival lineup

Alex Flinn, author of nine books for teens, will speak at the West Virginia Book Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m.

Flinn’s novel, “Beastly,” is a No.1 New York Times bestseller which was made into a motion picture that came out in March. She has two other fairy-tale-based novels, “A Kiss in Time,” a modern Sleeping Beauty story, and “Cloaked,” a mélange of several fairy tales.

Her first book, “Breathing Underwater,” was named an American Library Association Top 10 Best Book for Young Adults and is the only novel included in Liz Claiborne’s “Love is Not Abuse” dating violence prevention curriculum for schools. Her books have received honors including Best Books for Young Adults, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, International Reading Association Young Adult Choices and Junior Library Guild selection. Her upcoming novel, “Bewitching: The Kendra Chronicles,” is a companion to “Beastly” and will be released in February 2012.

Flinn is a non-practicing lawyer who lives with her husband, daughters and way too many pets in Miami.

Best-selling thriller writer Lee Child, former Secret Service agents Gerald Blaine and Clint Hill and self-help author Dave Pelzer have already been announced as part of the line-up for the festival, which will be held Oct. 22 and 23 at the Charleston Civic Center. 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 lectures. 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, Segal-Davis Foundation, Pam Tarr and Gary Hart, Wal-Mart and Borders Express. For more information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.