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W.Va. Book Festival is this weekend

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Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse books, is the headliner at the West Virginia Book Festival. She speaks at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Civic Center Coliseum.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Book Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Charleston Civic Center. Events are free. For more information on it and the programs offered, visit www.wvbookfestival.orgSATURDAY"New Deal Photography: West Virginia's Gift to National Books and Museums": 10 a.m. Presented by Betty Rivard. Room WV 105."Settle Session: Sen. Robert C. Byrd: The Last Great Senator": 10 a.m. Presented by David A. Corbin. Conference room 202.CRAIG JOHNSON: 11:30 a.m. The author, whose books are the basis for the A&E show "Longmire," presents "How Many People Can You Kill in a Town of 25?" Room WV 105."Captive or Captivate: Inspiring Kids to Reach for Books": 11:30 a.m. Presented by Sarah Dooley. Conference room 202.ROBERT SABUDA: 1 p.m. The author/artist creates elaborate, intricate pop-up books that delight children of all ages. Room WV 105."Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942": 1 p.m. Presented by Christopher Wilkinson. Conference room 202. CHARLAINE HARRIS: 2:30 p.m. Harris, the author of the Sookie Stackhouse books (the basis for HBO's "True Blood"), will speak and answer questions during "Dead in Dixie: An Afternoon with Charlaine Harris." Coliseum.Harris will sign books from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and then immediately after her program until 4:30 p.m. Due to time restrictions, autographs are limited to one book per person with no personalization. Those wanting an autograph will get numbered tickets as they enter the coliseum, and groups will be called via ticket number for the signing.TAMORA PIERCE: 4 p.m. The young adult fantasy author presents "Making It Up As I Go." Room WV 105."How to Research and Write a Local History": 4 p.m. Presented by Don Teter. Conference room 202.
"Finding Your Voice: Lessons I Learned from "Child of the Mountains": 12:30 p.m. Presented by Marilyn Shank. Room WV 103.MARC HARSHMAN: 12:30 p.m. The new West Virginia Poet Laureate gives his inaugural reading in "Done with Lying and Bad Luck" and reflects on the legacies of Louise McNeill and Irene McKinney, the Laureates who most immediately preceded him. Room WV 105.DAN CHAON: 2 p.m. The author, a National Book Award finalist, reads from his book, "Stay Awake," a collection of haunting, suspenseful stories of scattered families. Room WV 103"Inspirational Fiction: Compelling Stories, Lasting Hope": 2 p.m. Christian fiction panel with Tamera Alexander, Lynn Austin and Julie Klassen. Room WV 105."Superman, Batman, Nobleman": 3:30 p.m. Children's author Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses the creators behind our favorite superheroes. Conference room 202."Quarantine": 3:30 p.m. Parkersburg native Rahul Mehta reads from the short story (part of his award-winning "New Stories from the South") about an Indian immigrant family in West Virginia. Room WV 103.
"Time-Traveled Tales": 3:30 p.m. Presented by the West Virginia Storytelling Guild. Room WV 105.All authors except Charlaine Harris (see details under her program) will sign books in the Featured Authors area of the marketplace immediately following their programs. DAILYFestival marketplace and Word Play children's area: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.Used book sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Thousands of books and other library materials ranging in price from 50 cents to $3. (Cash and checks only.) Also a small area with rare and collectible books, priced individually.
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