October 26 & 27, 2018
Charleston Civic Center

Authors

We are excited to present the author lineup for the 2018 West Virginia Book Festival. Click on each author's photo to see their bio.

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Photo credits: Debbie Macomber by Timothy Archibald; Dennis Lehane by Gaby Gerster, Diogenes, Zurich; Jill Lepore by Dari Michele; John Scalzi by Athena Scalzi.

Debbie Macomber
 Debbie
 MACOMBER
R.L. Stine
 Dennis
 LEHANE
R.L. Stine
 Jill
 LEPORE
R.L. Stine
 John
 SCALZI
R.L. Stine
 David
 GRANN
R.L. Stine
 Kwame
 ALEXANDER

Charter Presenters and Sponsors

Many organizations and individuals work together to make the West Virginia Book Festival a reality. Our charter presenters and sponsors are listed below.

Charter Presenters

Sponsors


Schedule

This is where you can stay up-to-date on all the happenings of this year's Festival.

Thursday, Oct. 25

7:30 p.m. • Riggleman Hall, University of Charleston
Pre-Festival Event: Jill Lepore presents the McCreight Lecture in the Humanities.
Sponsored by The West Virginia Humanities Council.


Friday, Oct. 26

10 a.m. - Noon • Conference Rms 202-204
Writing Workshop by Meredith Sue Willis, Revising Your Novel: Making Your Book the Best It Can Be!

10 a.m. - Noon • Conference Room 205
Children's Writing Workshop by Jake Stump and Brad Stalnaker, Writing 'Musket's Big Adventure, A Quest to find the Gold and Blue Mountains

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. • Grand Hall
Festival Marketplace

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. • Grand Hall
Word Play - Children's Activities

1 - 3 p.m. • Conference Rooms 202-204
Writing Workshop by Ginger Brookover, How to Keep Readers in Suspense

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Conference Rooms 202-204
Writing Workshop by Kathy MacMillan, Storybuilding with Kathy MacMillan

7 p.m. • Grand Ballroom
An Evening with Debbie Macomber

Saturday, Oct. 27

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Grand Hall
Used Book Sale

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Grand Hall
Festival Marketplace

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Grand Hall
Word Play - Children's Activities

9 - 10:30 a.m. • Conference Rooms 202-205
Nancy L. Abrams, The Climb from Salt Lick: A Memoir of Appalachia (Mary Settle Session)

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Conference Rooms 202-205
Richard Armstrong, The Battle of Lewisburg

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • Little Theater
John Scalzi, Live Long and Prosper

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Little Theater
David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Arc of Justice

1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. • Conference Rooms 202-205
Kwame Alexander and Randy Preston, A Literary Concert with Kwame Alexander and Randy Preston

3 p.m. • Grand Ballroom
An Afternoon with Dennis Lehane


Word Play

Activities for children. Don't miss the Storybook Costume Parade!

Friday, Oct. 26

11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. • Grand Hall
Word Play - Children's Activities
(To Be Announced)

Saturday, Oct. 27

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Grand Hall
Word Play - Children's Activities
(To Be Announced)

 


Used Book Sale

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

Saturday, Oct. 27 • Grand Hall

Saturday Only!

8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Regular Prices

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

3:30 - 5 p.m.
Sale Pricing


An image of a crowd of people looking through used items at the used book sale.
Don't miss this huge sale.

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 by Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

Tim Hardway, 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.


Vendors

If you are interested in having a booth (or booths) in the Festival Marketplace, please read the 2018 Information for Authors and Marketplace Vendors document.

To apply to be a Marketplace Vendor, please complete and return the Marketplace Vendor Application form by March 19, 2018.

Grand Hall

Friday, October 26
11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Writing Workshops

Interested in attending one of our writing workshops? All the details about this year's workshops are on this panel.

Friday, October 26


10 a.m. - Noon • Conference Rooms 202-204
Writing Workshop by Meredith Sue Willis
Revising Your Novel: Making Your Book the Best It Can Be!

10 a.m. - Noon • Conference Room 205
Children's Writing Workshop by Jake Stump and Brad Stalnaker
Writing "Musket's Big Adventure:
A Quest to Find the Gold and Blue Mountains"

1 - 3 p.m. • Conference Rooms 202-204
Writing Workshop by Ginger Brookover
How to Keep Readers in Suspense

3:30 - 5:30 p.m. • Conference Rooms 202-204
Writing Workshop by Kathy MacMillan
Storybuilding with Kathy MacMillan


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.

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: +1-304-345-1500
www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com

West Virginia Culture Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25305
Tel: +1-304-558-0220
www.wvculture.org


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.

Coming Soon

Volunteer Applications will be available
Aug. 15, 2018. Please check our Facebook
Page
for updates.





Images of Charleston provided by David T. Stephenson.