WV Book Faire – A Celebration of Reading

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Local and nationally-recognized authors to participate

Book lovers, authors, and aspiring writers will not want to miss the WV Book Faire in Martinsburg to be held on Saturday, November 3, 2007. Now in its third year, the WV Book Faire features book-signings, discussion groups, workshops, book sales and other special activities for adults and children that celebrate the love of reading. Over 20 local and nationally-recognized authors are scheduled to participate, including romance novelist Loraine Despres, who wrote the “Who Shot JR?” episode of Dallas; political author Allen H. Loughry II; young adult novelist Kathy Erskine; best-selling novelist Jillian Medoff; Anna Post, author for the Emily Post Institute and great great-granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post; and historical author James Nelson. Local author Victor Banis will be conducting his “So you want to be a writer” workshop, which had standing room only at the 2006 WV Book Faire.

“We are absolutely thrilled with all the talented authors who will be participating in the WV Book Faire this year,” stated Andrea Ball, Executive Director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB). “Over the past three years, we have grown into one of the most anticipated annual events in our area.”

One of the highlights of the WV Book Faire is the Author's Literacy Benefit Dinner, which raises money for literacy in the State of West Virginia. “The Literacy Benefit Dinner provides an engaging experience for book lovers,” stated Ball. “With authors seated at each table, attendees have the opportunity to dine and chat with local and best-selling authors while raising money to promote literacy. I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening!” Tickets can be purchased at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB and are $40 for adults, $20 for children.

Another event being held in conjunction with the WV Book Faire is the Big Read, a community event sponsored by Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library. This years’ Big Read will be The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan and festivities began on September 15. Kieu Chihn, star of the movie The Joy Luck Club, will host a tea and talk session during the Book Faire.

The WV Book Faire will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, November 3 in the Shenandoah Ballroom in Martinsburg. This event is sponsored by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, in partnership with the library, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, and Berkeley County Schools. For a full schedule of events and information, visit http://www.wvbooks.org or call (304) 264-8801 or 1-800-4WVA-FUN.

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