West Virginia Book Festival

Inspiring children to read is topic of talk

Sarah Dooley
photo by John McCoy

Young adult author Sarah Dooley will present a session for adults about helping children find books they’ll love. Her talk, “Captive or Captivate: Inspiring Kids to Reach for Books,” is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m. at the West Virginia Book Festival.

Getting kids to read and getting kids to want to read are two separate animals. In this workshop, participants will explore a variety of strategies for connecting young readers with the books they will love.

Dooley is the author of two novels for young readers, “Livvie Owen Lived Here” and “Body of Water,” both from Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan. She holds a degree in education from Marshall University and has taught special education at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In August, Dooley won a PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship for Free Verse, which is forthcoming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons. She is a member of West Virginia Writers.

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, have already been announced as part of the line-up for 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. Admission to the festival is free.

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.