WV Book Festival

Title: WV Book Festival
Location: 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301
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Description: Charlaine Harris coming to this fall’s W.Va. Book Festival

New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, known for her Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series – the basis for the hit HBO series “True Blood” – will be the headliner for the 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival. She will speak, answer questions and sign books at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the coliseum of the Charleston Civic Center.

The 12-book series features a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie’s adventures involving vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. A new title, Deadlocked, will be released in May. “True Blood” is the wildly popular HBO series based upon the books; the fourth season premieres June 10.

Harris, who has been writing for 30 years, is also the author of three earlier series, the Aurora Teagarden, the Shakespeare and the Harper Connelly mysteries. She and her friend Toni L.P. Kelner have co-edited four very popular anthologies featuring stories with an element of the supernatural written by mystery and urban fantasy authors.

Harris was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area; she now lives in a small town in southern Arkansas. She is married and the mother of three.

The West Virginia Book Festival will be held Oct. 13 and 14. The event is presented annually by Kanawha County Public Library, the West Virginia Humanities Council, The Library Foundation of Kanawha County, The Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail. The festival offers something for all age groups. A variety of authors will attend, participating in book signings, readings, workshops and panel discussions. Activities for children include special programs and a section of the Marketplace filled with children’s activities. Admission to the festival is free.

Date: 2012-10-13