CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Inspirational authors have committed to a panel discussion on Christian fiction at the West Virginia Book Festival.
"A faith-based perspective remains at the core of evangelical fiction, but today's fans are reading these books not just because of the Christian focus. They also love this genre because it quenches their inner thirst for knowledge, spiritual guidance, and, yes, entertainment," according to the Library Journal.
Tamera Alexander, Lynn Austin and Julie Klassen, all award-winning authors, will discuss the genre at 2 p.m. Oct. 14.
Alexander authored "A Lasting Impression," the first of three novels showcasing the richest woman in America at the time, and the Belmont Mansion in the years following the Civil War. The book was recently named a 2012 Christy Award finalist (an award honoring excellence in Christian Fiction) for Best Historical Romance.
Her ninth novel, "To Whisper Her Name," the first of three novels, will be released in the fall, and tells the story behind the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in the nation's history.
Austin has won seven Christy Awards for excellence in Christian fiction. Her novel "Hidden Places" has been made into a Hallmark Channel movie.
Two of Klassen's books, "The Girl in the Gatehouse" and "The Silent Governess," won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. "The Girl in the Gatehouse" also won a Midwest Book Award and "The Silent Governess" was a finalist in Romance Writers of America's RITA awards.The West Virginia Book Festival will take place Oct. 13 and 14 at the Charleston Civic Center. The annual two-day event will feature a variety of authors participating in book signings, readings, workshops and lectures. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the marketplace devoted to children's activities. Admission to the festival is free. For information, visit www.wvbookfestival.org.