Sure, you know that the 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival will bring in bestselling author Charlaine Harris, “Longmire” author Craig Johnson, plus more than a dozen others who will present readings, workshops and book signings at this free event. But here are a few items you just might not know about yet:
It’s free. That’s right – it’s free. No admission fee, no tickets required. Just show up!
Book signings. All authors (except for Charlaine Harris) will sign books in the “featured authors” area of the festival marketplace immediately after their programs. Additional individual authors have rented booths in our marketplace where they will sell and sign their books.
Due to her travel schedule, Charlaine Harris has limited the number of books she will sign to one per person, with no personalization. She will sign books in the Coliseum from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, just before her program, and then again immediately after her program until 4:30 p.m., when she must leave to catch her return flight. We will distribute numbered tickets to audience members as they enter the Coliseum, and will call groups of ticket numbers to the signing table in an orderly fashion.
Mobile-friendly schedule. The festival’s website, www.wvbookfestival.org, has been optimized for your smart phone. Access it to keep track of everything you want to do.
Storytelling concert. Four members of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will present a free storytelling concert, “Time-Traveled Tales,” on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Featured storytellers include Ilene Evans, W. I. “Bill” Hairston, Susanna “Granny Sue” Holstein and Judi Tarowsky.
Kanawha County Public Library’s annual used book sale. Here’s where you’ll find thousands of bargains on books and other library materials, all arranged by category. Prices range from 50¢ to $4. Items in the Collector’s Corner – an area with rare and collectible books – will be individually priced. Bring cash, personal checks or your Visa, MasterCard or American Express card. The book sale is located in the South Hall, and hours of operation are: Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 14, noon to 4 p.m.
Activities for children. Word Play is what we call the area in West Hall 2 that’s devoted to free hands-on activity stations for children. Here’s where children can play some learning games, meet some colorful mascots and create crafts, among other fun activities. Participating community organizations include Kanawha County Public Library, South Charleston Public Library, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Kanawha County Master Gardeners, Pioneer West Virginia Federal Credit Union, and Charleston Newspapers’ Newspaper in Education program.
Local history workshop. Don Teter, author of “Goin’ Up Gandy,” a history of the Dry Fork region of Randolph and Tucker counties, will present a workshop on local histories on Saturday at 4 p.m. The workshop is a nuts-and-bolts guide to researching, writing and publishing a local history, without needing extraordinary skills. Get step-by-step instructions on defining the subject, gathering information and creating a manuscript.
Charlaine Harris, best-selling urban fantasy novelist; Craig Johnson, author of the “Longmire” series of mystery novels; Dan Chaon, former National Book Award finalist; and Tamora Pierce, author of 28 fantasy novels for teens, will headline the festival, which will be held Oct. 13 and 14 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.
The event is presented by The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, Inc., Kanawha County Public Library, West Virginia Humanities Council, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail and is sponsored by The Martha Gaines and Russell Wehrle Memorial Foundation; Pamela D. Tarr and Gary Hart; the Friends of The Library Foundation of Kanawha County; West Virginia Library Commission and West Virginia Center for the Book; BB&T West Virginia Foundation; Books-A-Million; and William Maxwell Davis. For more information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.