For all readers in West Virginia and surrounding areas, the West Virginia Book Festival has announced another speaker for the 2011 festival: Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels. This year's festival is scheduled for October 22 - 23 and will be held in Charleston WV.
Last year's festival featured several best-selling authors and I had the pleasure of meeting Diana Gabaldon - author of the Outlander and Lord John series, and Heidi Durrow - author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. Both gave wonderful talks and, for me, were the highlight of the festival; for others I know it was the Nicholas Sparks session. I can't wait to find out the other authors scheduled to attend this year.
OMG! I just realized the WV Book Festival and the Books by the Bank festival in Cincinnati, Ohio are the same weekend. The 2010 Cincinnati festival featured sessions with Katherine Howe - author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Beth Hoffman - author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, Leah Stewart - author of Husband and Wife, J.T. Ellison - author of The Immortals, and Augusten Burroughs - author of Running with Scissors.
Decisions, decisions, decisions...at this point it appears as if I'll be driving to and from Cincinnati on Saturday and possibly attend the WV Book Festival on Sunday.
Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading
"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor
“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde
"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller