In a crowded publishing world, writers work hard to be heard above the fray. The KCPL Book Team turns this month to first-time authors. These eight authors write in different styles and for different audiences, but each deserves to find their readers.

Keith Maillard, a West Virginia Literary Merit Award recipient, is the author of fourteen books, including “The Clarinet Polka,” “Morgantown,” “Dementia Americana,” and most recently “Twin Studies.” Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, he has lived in Vancouver for most of his adult l…

Get to know the West Virginia Book Festival’s headlining authors. Check out this list and decide which free presentations to attend. We have a wonderful lineup this year that is sure to entertain any book lover.

Egyptian-born Rajia Hassib, who earned a master’s degree in creative writing at Marshall University and now makes her home in Charleston, opens her new novel, “A Pure Heart” (Viking, $27), with a newspaper account of a suicide bombing:

Fiction attracts a big readership, but nonfiction also has its devoted fans. Nonfiction is embracing a wider range of topics every year and expanding its popularity. Here are some that Kanawha County Public Library staff have enjoyed.

Award-winning archaeologist and author Darla Spencer will be signing copies of her newly-released book, “Woodland Mounds in West Virginia,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the South Charleston Interpretive Center, 313 D Street. The event is free and open to the public.

June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, more commonly known as D-Day. With months of planning and subterfuge about when and where the Allies would strike, troops landed on Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944. The shoreline was heavily fortified, but more than 160,000 Allied tr…

After several years of dark, dystopian novels and brooding, twisted thrillers, readers are turning to Up Lit. This growing genre features quirky characters, building personal connections and discovering love. While there are obstacles and sorrow to overcome, readers can generally expect an u…

The Gazette-Mail Life & Style section probably isn’t the first place you’d go to look for an article on West Virginia University head football coach Neal Brown. Nor might you normally expect someone whose life is spent on the high-action, high-volume, rough-and-tumble gridiron to use som…

Orthopedic surgeon and professor Dr. Alexander Rosenstein will launch his new spy thriller, “Sword of the Kremlin,” Thursday at 6 p.m. at Taylor Books. It was written at his home in South Hills and draws on the author’s personal history, having left the USSR with his parents and sibling befo…

Isaac Brooks, 6, (left) and Elwood Bourne, 6, both of South Charleston, pick out their free comic books during Saturday’s Free Comic Book Day at Lost Legion Games & Comics in South Charleston. Participating comic book shops around the world gave at least one free comic book to anyone who…

Jeffrey Archer is a best-selling British novelist and former politician. It’s been said that Archer’s own life would make quite a novel. Educated at Oxford University, he served five years in the House of Commons, has served 26 years in the House of Lords — and three years in prison.

James Patterson, the worldwide bestselling author of more than 140 books ranging from children’s literature to mystery and nonfiction, will headline this year’s West Virginia Book Festival, which will be held at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center Oct. 4 and 5.

History fascinates readers, but sometimes they want to lose themselves in the narrative flow of fiction. A number of West Virginia authors have looked at events or eras in our state’s history that sweep the reader along in a great story.

Funerals for Friday, November 22, 2019

Bartley, Anthony - 5 p.m., Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle.

Caldwell, Jackie - 11 a.m., Mitchell Cemetery, Left Hand Fork, Lens Creek.

Carrico, Elizabeth - Noon, Crossroads Apostolic Church, Bradley.

Crosswhite, Susan - 3 p.m., Main Street Church of Christ, Hurricane.

Hall, Donnie - 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Jones, Louise - Noon, Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston.

Knapp, Howard - 1 p.m., New Hope Bible Baptist Church, Point Pleasant.

Melrose, Carolyn - 1:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, Point Pleasant.

Miller, Blondell - 1 p.m., Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood.

Moore, Sharon - 1 p.m., Lohr & Barb Funeral Home, Parsons.

Smith, Patty - Noon, House of Prayer Full Gospel Church, West Hamlin.

Strawther, Marshall - Noon, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, St. Albans.

Sutherland, Gregory - 4 p.m., Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Wilson, Steven - 1 p.m., Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview.