October 27 & 28, 2017
Charleston Civic Center


We hope you're as excited as we are for the 2017 West Virginia Book Festival's author lineup. Click on an author's photo to learn more about his or her work. All authors will be speaking at the Festival, followed by a book signing. Click here for more information on author book signings at the Festival. Visit us on Facebook.

R.L. Stine
Joe Hill
Henry Winkler
Nicola Yoon
Azar Nafisi
Anna Smucker
Candace Nelson
Carter Taylor Seaton
Marc Harshman
Azar Nafisi
Sharyn McCrumb

Photo credits: R.L. Stine photo by Dan Nelken. Joe Hill Photo by Joe Hill. Azar Nafisi photo by Stanley Staniski.

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



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

Author Presentations

Thursday, Oct. 26
  7:30 p.m. - Azar Nafisi
Presenting the McCreight Lecture in the Humanities
at the West Virginia Culture Center

Friday, Oct. 27
  3:30 p.m. - Sharyn McCrumb
  7:00 p.m. - R.L. Stine

Saturday, Oct. 28
10:00 a.m. - Candace Nelson
10:00 a.m. - Carter Taylor Seaton
11:30 a.m. - Patricia Harman
11:30 a.m. - Joe Hill
  1:00 p.m. - Marc Harshman & Anna Smucker
  1:00 p.m. - Nicola Yoon
  2:00 p.m. - WV Authors Poetry & Fiction Reading   3:00 p.m. - Henry Winkler

Word Play

  • Friday, Oct. 27 • 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click here for more info.

Writing Workshops

  • Friday, Oct. 27 • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 27 • 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Click here for more info.

Festival Marketplace

  • Friday, Oct. 27 • 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Click here for more info.

Word Play

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

Friday & Saturday

Kanawha County Public Library
Make 'n' Take Craft Tables

The Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockard

Newspapers in Education,
The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Read Aloud

Step by Step
Parlor E

Friday, Oct. 27
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Children's Storybook Costume Parade
Saturday, Oct. 28 • 10 a.m.

Come dressed as your favorite storyboook character and march with everyone through the Festival in a musical parade!


Used Book Sale

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

Saturday Only! • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Civic Center Coliseum

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

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

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

Open for Nonprofits
5 - 6 p.m.

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. 20.

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.


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.


All spaces in the Marketplace have been filled. You may still submit a Vendor Application to be added to the waitlist.

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

Civic Center Coliseum

Friday, Oct. 27
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 28
9 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.

"Starts and Stops: Building a Story from Beginning to End"
Featuring Eliot Parker

Friday, Oct. 27 • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This workshop will discuss the ingredients needed for story beginnings and endings, while discussing techniques and strategies writers can use to engage the reader at the beginning, create an interesting middle and connect with an ending that closes the story or leaves it open for more.

Space is limited, so please register for this workshop at this link.

"Romance Writing
in West Virginia"

Featuring Sarah Title, Jo Goodman
and Sarah Loudin Thomas

Friday, Oct. 27 • 1 - 3 p.m.

In this panel discussion, three romance writers with West Virginia ties will talk about the path they took to become published authors. Participants will learn about the unique qualities of romance writing and hear tips for getting their writing published.

Space is limited, so please register for this workshop at this link.

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.


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.


Charleston Civic Center
200 Lee Street E
Charleston, WV 25301
Tel: +1-304-345-1500

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


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.

How to Apply

If you would like to volunteer at the 2017 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
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.

Images of Charleston provided by David T. Stephenson.