Martinsburg, West Virginia (Vocus) March 3, 2009
Now in its third year, the WV Book Faire at Olde Towne Martinsburg is a celebration of books and the love of reading and writing. Immerse yourself in the art of writing and the pleasure of reading on April 17 and 18, when the WV Book Faire will feature award-winning writers, book signings, presentations, discussion groups, children's activities and more. Events will take place at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, with free shuttle service running between the two locations on Saturday, April 18.
"The Martinsburg Public Library is pleased to host the authors attending the WV Book Faire this year," stated Pamela Coyle, Director. "Attendees can meet some of their favorite authors, while enjoying the great shopping and restaurants downtown Martinsburg has to offer."
On Friday, April 17, children's authors Sarah Sullivan, Kevin Sherry and John Michael Cummings will visit area schools. At 6:00 pm, the WV Book Faire will host a reception honoring author and political commentator Eleanor Clift. The reception will be held in the atrium at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, with coffee and desserts provided by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
Activities on Saturday, April 18 run from 9 am to 4 pm and include book signings and presentations; seminars on writing, character development and getting published; a performance by The Rolling Coyotes; a brown bag lunch with Pulitzer Prize winning author Debby Applegate; a children's program with face painting by Swirly Fare; book appraisals (up to five books); and a book sale courtesy of Four Seasons Books of Shepherdstown.
Saturday will conclude with a dinner reception at the Shenandoah Ballroom beginning at 6:30 pm, featuring speakers Harlan Coben and Lisa Scottoline. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor's Bureau or online at http://www.wvbooks.org. Other authors participating in the WV Book Faire include Victor Banis, Irene Brand, John Michael Cummings, Wess Harris, Pamela June Kimmell, Craig McDonald, and Allan Wolf. Visit http://www.wvbooks.org for more information and a detailed schedule of events.
The WV Book Faire will also serve as the kickoff for The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2009 Big Read will focus on The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett and continue through May 16, 2009. For more information about The Book Read, visit http://www.neabigread.org.
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