The West Virginia Book Festival returns after a few year hiatus this Friday October 23rd and Saturday October 24th at the Charleston Civic Center.
For their return the book festival went out and got a big name, Neil Gaiman, to headline. Neil Gaiman started in comics know for Vertigo’s Eisner winner Sandman, Books of Magic, Black Orchid, plus things like Miracleman, Eternals, The Last Temptation with Alice Cooper, and more.
He wrote books for adults like American Gods, Neverwhere, Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, Stardust, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and more. Plus books for kids like Coraline (now a motion picture), The Graveyard Book, Blueberry Girl, and more. He has wrote two episodes of Doctor Who, one episode of Babylon 5, the movie Mirrormask, and Beowulf. He has appeared as himself on The Simpsons and Arthur. He has won awards in the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery, Carnegie, #1 New York Times bestseller. He is married to artist/musician Amanda Palmer and the two have new baby together.
Other guests include Jodi Picoult a novelist who wrote some Wonder Women back in 2007, Jeff Shaara writer of Gods and Generals, Homer Hickman NASA engineer and author of Rocket Boys, Cat Pleska, and more.
On Thursday October 22nd there will be a pre-festival lecture from Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner on Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of History at the Riggleman Auditorium at UC. On Friday there will be a Writing Workshop from 10am to noon and a Self-Publishing Workshop from 2pm to 4pm limited seating for both events. At 7pm Neil Gaiman will be interviewed onstage by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman. Homer Hickam, Jacueline Woodson, Jeff Shaara, and Jodi Picoult will all have presentations on Saturday.
Saturday will also include the library’s used book sale. Regular prices from 8am to 3pm and then reduced prices from 3:30pm to 5pm. In the kid’s word play area there will be CoSi Science Spots, a Storybook Costume Parade, and performance from the Bright Star Theater at 1pm and 3pm.
Most of the guests will be signing at the festival marketplace or right after their presentations. Except for Neil Gaiman. He will sign only 500 books backstage in private. You will need to get a ticket beforehand in the lobby to purchase a book that he will sign.
Admission to everything is free.