Turn to the newspaper's Life & Style (section F) today, and wrapped around it you'll find a program and map for the 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival. It's two days long. It's packed with books and authors, and it's free to the public.
About 60 publishers and other exhibitors will fill the Marketplace, "the heart of the festival," as West Virginia Humanities Council Director Ken Sullivan calls it. The Humanities Council is one of the founding sponsors of the event, along with the Kanawha County Public Library, the Library Foundation of Kanawha County, the Charleston Daily Mail and The Charleston Gazette.
Throughout both days, authors will give talks, readings and book signings. Charlaine Harris, author of the books on which the HBO series "True Blood" is based, will speak on Saturday, Oct. 13. So will Craig Johnson, a Huntington native whose mystery series was turned into the new A&E television series "Longmire."
There are lesser-known treasures, too. Did you know that in the years just before World War II, West Virginia had thriving big band and jazz musician traffic, thanks to high employment in coal mines? WVU music professor Christopher Wilkinson will discuss his book "Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942" on Saturday afternoon. There will be a panel of inspirational fiction writers, storytellers, a room full of activities for children and the giant annual used book sale.
Among others on the schedule are teen fantasy author Tamora Pierce, nonfiction picture book author Marc Tyler Nobleman, pop-up book creator Robert Sobuda and West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman. There's a mobile-friendly schedule at wvbookfestival.org.
The West Virginia Book Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Charleston Civic Center. See you there.