October 28 & 29
Charleston, WV Civic Center

Authors

Headlining this year’s event will be Erik Larson, Sandra Brown and West Virginia’s own Stephen Coonts. Patrick Rothfuss, Maggie Stiefvater, Ron Rash, Matt de la Peña and West Virginia author, Julia Keller are also scheduled to appear at this year’s Festival. Learn more about each of them here and on the Book Festival page of the Kanawha County Public Library website.

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Erik
Larson
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Sandra
Brown
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Stephen
Coonts
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Patrick
Rothfuss
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Maggie
Stiefvater
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Matt
de la Peña
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Ron
Rash
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Annette
Gordon-Reed
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Julia
Keller
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WVBF
2016

Charter Presenters and Sponsors

Many organizations and individuals worked together to make the return of the West Virginia Book Festival a reality. Our charter presenters and sponsors are listed below. Admission is free for Book Festival events.

Charter Presenters

 

Sponsors

Schedule

Mark your calendars! October 28 & 29 are the dates for the 2016 West Virginia Book Festival.

Thursday, Oct. 27

  • 7:30 p.m. •
     
  • McCreight Lecture in the Humanities at the Univeristy
    of Charleston Presented by Annette Gordon-Reed

Friday, Oct. 28

  • 9:00 a.m. •

     
  • 11:30 a.m. •

     
  • 3:00 p.m. •

     
  • 7:00 p.m. •
  • Creating Vibrant Characters Writing Workshop
    with WVU Press/Vandalia Press - Register now.
     
  • If You Want to Write for Kids! Writing Workshop
    with Sarah Sullivan - Register now.
     
  • A Postcard History of Charleston
    with Stan Bumbgardner
     
  • Erik Larson

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • 9:00 a.m. •

     
  • 10:30 a.m. •

     
  • 10:30 a.m. •

     
  • 10:30 a.m. •



     
  • 11:30 a.m. •

     
  • 1:30 p.m. •

     
  • 1:30 p.m. •

     
  • 3:00 p.m. •

     
  • 3:00 p.m. •
  • Stephen Coonts

     
  • Matt de la Peña

     
  • Pearl Buck Panel: The Mary Lee Settle Session

     
  • Weird and Wonderful: West Virginia's Unique
    Contributions to Sci-Fi Culture
    Presentation with
    Tony Breeden

     
  • Ron Rash

     
  • Maggie Stiefvater

     
  • Julia Keller

     
  • Patrick Rothfuss

     
  • Sandra Brown

Word Play

  • Friday, Oct. 28 • 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
     
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click here for more info.

Festival Marketplace

  • Friday, Oct. 28 • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
     
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click here for more info.

Word Play

Activities for children.

Friday, Oct. 28 • 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. •
  • The Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockard

Saturday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. •

  • 11 a.m. •
    11:30 a.m.  
    12 p.m.  
    12:30 p.m.  

  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. •


  • 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. •
  • Children's Storybook Costume Parade

  • MedExpress Urgent Care
    Teddy Bear Clinics



  • Nate Harrah, 2016 West Virginia
    World Sport Stacking Association Champion

  • The Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockard

Community Partners

Word Play will also feature exhibits by the following community partners.

  • The Capitol Conservation District

  • Charleston Gazette-Mail

  • Clay Center STEAM Lab

  • Kanawha County Clerk's Office

  • Kanawha County Public Library

  • West Virginia Public Broadcasting

 


Used Book Sale

Great deals on thousands of books, movies, music CDs and more.

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Regular Prices

  • 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Closed for Setup
    of Reduced Price Sale

  • 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. • Reduced Price Sale

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Get Free Books for Your Nonprofit

After the completion of the book sale, the remnants of the used book sale will be available, free of charge, to select nonprofit organizations. For your nonprofit organization to participate, please complete a registration form and submit it to the address below.

Lisa Pierson, Nonprofit Donations Coordinator
Kanawha County Public Library
123 Capitol St.
Charleston, WV 25301

Please note: we cannot guarantee quantity, type or variety of the leftover books.
Collector’s Corner materials are not included in this offer.


Marketplace

The Marketplace is where you will find book sellers, publishers, individual authors and other literary vendors. Here, you can purchase books to be signed by Festival authors, meet local authors and find a variety of books and book-related items. Admission is free for Book Festival events.

Schedule

Friday, Oct. 28 • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information about exhibit space in the Marketplace, read the General Information for Vendors and Authors document.

Marketplace Map

View the previous (2015) map of the Book Festival Marketplace.


Where to Stay and Dine

The annual West Virginia Book Festival is held at the Charleston Civic Center. If you plan to stay while visiting the city for the event, there are a number of local hotels and restaurants you may find convenient and appealing. Admission is free for Book Festival events.

Hotels

Embassy Suites
300 Court St.
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: +1.304.347.8700


Charleston Marriott
200 Lee Street E
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: +1.304.345.6500

Holiday Inn Express
100 Civic Center Dr.
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: +1.800.315.2621


Click here for a more
complete list of local hotels.

Locations

Charleston Civic Center
200 Lee Street E
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: +1.304.345.6500
www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com

University of Charleston
2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Tel: +1.800.995.4682
www.ucwv.edu

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help in a variety of ways, including set-up, break-down, assisting authors and presenters and assisting with the used book sale, Festival Marketplace, children's programs, crafts and information tables.

Become a Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer at the 2016 West Virginia Book Festival, please complete the Volunteer Application form and submit it to the address below.

Lisa Pierson, Volunteer Coordinator
West Virginia Book Festival
123 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301

The deadline to submit a Volunteer Application is
Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.





In the News

This is where the lastest news of the West Virginia Book Festival can be found. Check back for news releases and other bits of important information. Admission is free for Book Festival events.


Images of Charleston provided by David T. Stephenson.