October 4 & 5, 2019
Charleston Coliseum
& Convention Center

Authors

We are proud to annouce the following exciting lineup of authors for the 2019 West Virginia Book Festival. Click or tap on each author photo for their bio and book signing info.

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  James
  PATTERSON

  Salina
  YOON

  Orson Scott
  CARD

  Anthony
  HARKINS

  Meredith
  McCARROLL

  Denise
  KIERNAN

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.

Friday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. • Writing Workshop*
Conference Room 215
Editing, Vital to a Book's Acceptance:
Tips from a Pro
with Andrea Brunais
*Participants should bring a sample of their work.
10 a.m. • Writing Workshop
Conference Room 217
Forming the Future: Building a World of a Fictional Tomorrow with Brett Armstrong
12:30 p.m. • Reimagine Your Library
Main Lobby
KCPL Main Library Remodel Presentation
1 p.m. • Writing Workshop
Conference Room 217
So You Want to Write a Children's Book? with Robert Fouch
1 p.m. • Your Life Is a Story
Conference Room 215
Presented by Stewart Goodwin
3:30 p.m. • Reading & Discussion of Feminine Rising: Voices of Power and Invisibility
Conference Room 216
Presented by Andrea Fekete, Llewellyn McKernan, Dreama Pritt, Cathy Lentes, Tuesday Taylor, Marged Dudek, Rachel Hicks and Jessica Waggoner
3:30 p.m. • Spirit Lives!
Conference Room 217
Presented by John Muciaccia
4:30 p.m. • Reimagine Your Library
Main Lobby
KCPL Main Library Remodel Presentation
7 p.m. • McCreight Lecture in the Humanities
Ballroom C
Presented by Denise Kiernan
Saturday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. • Writing Workshop
Conference Room 215
Where Do You Get Your Crazy Ideas? with Valerie Nieman
9 a.m. • Appalachian Ghost Stories & Ballads
Conference Rooms 216 & 217
Presented by Susanna "Granny Sue" Holstein
10:30 a.m. • Reimagine Your Library
Main Lobby
KCPL Main Library Remodel Presentation
11 a.m. • An Afternoon with Orson Scott Card
Ballroom C
Featuring Orson Scott Card
11 a.m. • Appalachian Reckoning
Conference Rooms 216 & 217
Presented by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll
1 p.m. • Bringing Characters to Life in Picture Books
Ballroom C
Presented by Salina Yoon
1 p.m. • The Evolution of the West Virginia Movie Theatre
Conference Rooms 216 & 217
Presented by Kelli Shapiro
2 p.m. • Reimagine Your Library
Main Lobby
KCPL Main Library Remodel Presentation
3 p.m. • An Afternoon with James Patterson
Coliseum
Featuring James Patterson

Word Play

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

Schedule

Friday, Oct. 4
11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday & Saturday

Children's Activities

Storybook Costume Parade

 


Used Book Sale

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

Saturday, Oct. 5
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.

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.

Schedule

Friday, Oct. 4
11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Festival Marketplace

Applications

All spots in the 2019 Festival Marketplace are filled.

If you are a vendor and would like to be placed on the Marketplace waitlist, then please submit a 2019 Marketplace Vendor Application form.

If you are an author or vendor and have questions about the 2019 West Virginia Book Festival, then please read the 2019 Information for Authors and Marketplace Vendors document.


Writing Workshops

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

Friday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. • Writing Workshop*
Editing, Vital to a Book's Acceptance:
Tips from a Pro
with Andrea Brunais
*Participants should bring a sample of their work.
10 a.m. • Writing Workshop
Forming the Future: Building a World
of a Fictional Tomorrow
with Brett Armstrong
1 p.m. • Writing Workshop
So You Want to Write a Children's Book? with Robert Fouch
Saturday, Oct. 5

9 a.m. • Writing Workshop
Where Do You Get Your Crazy Ideas? with Valerie Nieman

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 Coliseum
& Convention 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.

Applications

If you would like to volunteer
at the 2019 West Virginia Book Festival, please complete the Volunteer Application form and submit it to the address below by Sept. 5, 2019.

April Wallace, Volunteer Coordinator
West Virginia Book Festival
123 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301



Images of Charleston provided by David T. Stephenson.