Charleston Civic Center Hosts 10th West Virginia Book Festival

The 10th Annual West Virginia Book Festival will be held at the Charleston Civic Center on the 16th and 17th of October 2010. This year’s event features a large book merchants’ hall, a used book sale, writers workshops, author talks and signing sessions, and so much more.

Included in this year’s line up of guest authors are New York Times best-selling authors Nicholas Sparks and Diana Gabaldon, Civil War historian James Robertson, children’s author Carmen Deedy, West Virginia author Jayne Anne Phillips, and many others.

Nicholas Sparks has published sixteen romantic novels, six of which have been adapted to film: Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song.

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the best-selling Outlander Series. There are seven novels in the series so far. The novels revolve around a time-traveling, 20th-century English nurse and her 18th-century Scottish husband. 

Dr. James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., is a noted scholar on the American Civil War and has authored eighteen books, including a biography entitled Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. The book won eight national awards including the American Library Association’s Best Book for Young Readers Award. 

Carmen Deedy is the author of eight children’s books written in English and two in Spanish. As a storyteller, Deedy has performed at the Disney Institute, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Kennedy Center. 

Jayne Anne Phillips has published four novels. She is also a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Bunting Fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. 

Festival admission is free. For more information, visit For visitors looking for excellent weekend accommodations in Charleston, visit