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. Download the new brochure.

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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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Julia
Keller
Author Annette Gordon-Reed.
Annette
Gordon-Reed
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J.D.
Vance
 Authors will sign books after their presentations.
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. Download the new brochure.

Thursday, Oct. 27
7:30 p.m. The McCreight Lecture in the Humanities at the University of Charleston, with Annette Gordon-Reed

Friday, Oct. 28
9 a.m.
Coliseum
Creating Vibrant Characters Writing Workshop, with WVU Press/Vandalia Press
11:30 a.m.
Coliseum
If You Want to Write for Kids! Writing Workshop, with Sarah Sullivan
3 p.m.
Coliseum
A Postcard History of Charleston, with Stan Bumgardner
7 p.m.
Coliseum
An Evening with Erik Larson (Book signing in Coliseum)

Saturday, Oct. 29
9 a.m.
Coliseum
How a Coal Country Hillbilly Became a Best Selling Novelist, with Stephen Coonts (Book signing in Coliseum)
10:30 a.m.
2FL Conf. Room 202/203
Be a Witness: Finding the Beauty in the Ordinary, with Matt de la Peña (Book signing in Marketplace)
10:30 a.m.
Little Theater
The Pearl S. Buck Manuscripts Collection: A Collaboration to Promote One of America's Foremost Writers
10:30 a.m.
Parlour E
Weird & Wonderful: West Virginia's Unique Contributions to Sci-Fi Culture Presentation, with Tony Breeden (Book signing in Marketplace)
11:30 a.m.
2FL Conf. Room 204/205
J.D. Vance (Book signing in Marketplace)
1:30 p.m.
2FL Conf. Room 202/203
An Average Work Day, with Maggie Stiefvater (Book signing in Marketplace)
1:30 p.m.
Little Theater
Julia Keller (Book signing in Little Theater)
3 p.m.
Little Theater
Writing the Kingkiller Chronice, the Importance of Reading, with Patrick Rothfuss (Book signing in Little Theater)
3 p.m.
Coliseum
An Afternoon with Sandra Brown (Book signing in Coliseum)

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.

All authors will be signing books after their presentations. Please check the Festival schedule to find the location where they will be signing their books.


Word Play

Activities for children. Download the new brochure.

Schedule

Friday, Oct. 28 • 1 - 4 p.m.
1 - 4 p.m.The Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockard

Saturday, Oct. 29 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10 a.m. Children's Storybook Costume Parade
11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon & 12:30 p.m. MedExpress Urgent Care Teddy Bear Clinics
1 - 4 p.m. Nate Harrah, 2016 West Virginia World Sport Stacking Association Champion
1 - 4 p.m. 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 Master Gardener's Association

  • Kanawha County Public Library

  • Newspapers in Education

  • Step by Step, Inc.

  • 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 - 3:30 p.m.



Closed for Setup of Reduced Price Sale

3:30 - 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.



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: +1-304-345-1500
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

The volunteer application deadline for the 2016 West Virginia Book Festival was Monday, Sept. 26.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the Festival on Oct. 28 & 29!





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.