West Virginia Book Festival

Lee Maynard at Fairmont State next week

Mingo County native Lee Maynard, former presenter at the West Virginia Book Festival, will be part of Fairmont State University’s Celebrations of Ideas Lecture Series next week. The author of “Crum” and “Screaming with the Cannibals” will speak at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the school’s Colebank Hall gymnasium.

I probably would have mentioned this on the blog no matter what, but any excuse to link to last year’s tongue-in-cheek literary brawl between Maynard and Chuck Kinder is a good excuse.

Please also note that Geraldine Brooks, author of “People of the Book” and “March,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006, will close out the lecture series in April. Brooks’ first novel, “Year of Wonders,” is FSU’s campus-wide Common Reading Project for this year.