CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A West Virginia University professor of music history, a jazz historian and author of "Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942" is scheduled to speak at this fall's West Virginia Book Festival.
Christopher Wilkinson's book "illustrates the relationship between the coal industry and the short-lived heyday of big band jazz that occurred in the Mountain State during the Great Depression and early World War II," according to a news release from the festival.
Wilkson will speak and sign books at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Charleston Civic Center. He is also the author of "Jazz on the Road: Don Albert's Musical Life."
The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame's traveling museum will be stationed in the Festival Marketplace, featuring some of the musicians mentioned in the book.
The 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival will take place Oct. 13 and 14.
A variety of authors will attend, participating in book signings, readings, workshops and panel discussions. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the Marketplace filled with children's activities. Admission to the festival is free.For information about the festival, visit wvbookfestival.org or blogs.wvgazette.com/wvbookfestival/