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Martha Sparks
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Once again the annual West Virginia Book Festival will be bringing book lovers and books together with authors, editors, and publishers, in a mammoth two-day event at the capitol city. Featuring many of the Mountain State’s own talented writers as well as some nationally known names, the affair will offer a variety of activities, including book-signings, workshops, panel discussions, children’s section, vendor booths and a used book sale. This year’s festival, which as always is free of admission charge and open to the public, will be held this Sat. and Sun., Oct. 13 and 14th, at the Charleston Civic Center.


In addition to the impressive line-up of scheduled speakers and programs, the event will also be hosting launches of several new titles. Two of the soon-to-be-launched books were published by independent Mountain State publisher Woodland Press.


“It’s going to be an exciting festival,” said Keith Davis, CEO of Woodland Press. “We’re delighted to be releasing two special titles at this year’s event, and also have over 10 state authors participating in book-signings.”


Limited quantities of pre-release copies of the new Woodland Press title, Fed From the Blade: Tales and Poems from the Mountains, will be available at the West Virginia Book Company booth, beginning Saturday morning. The anthology is edited by Cat Pleska, who teaches writing at West Virginia State University, where she is also the director of the WVSU Writing Center, and is co-edited by nationally known editor and horror-thriller writer/ Bram Stoker Award-winner, Michael Knost.


A celebration of West Virginia talent, Fed From the Blade includes the contributions of 28 Mountain State writers and poets, including Diane Tarantini; G. Cameron Fuller ; Susan Sheppard; Christine Roth; Karin Fuller; Lynne Schwartz-Barker; Edwina Pendarvis ; and others.


“When I was reading the works that were submitted for the anthology, I found myself immersed in so many good stories and poems. I knew the anthology would reach out and grab readers’ minds and hearts,” Cat Pleska said about the work. “It was important to me to include different genres in the anthology.”


In addition to fulfilling her duties at WVSU, Pleska, who lives in Scott Depot, is also an essayist for West Virginia Public Radio, with over 40 essays aired to date, and she is a regular writer for Wonderful, West Virginia Magazine, and has several articles in state and regional journals.


She will appear at the West Virginia Book Company booth and will autograph copies of Fed From the Blade from 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Sat., and from 2-4 p.m. on Sun.


The second new Woodland Press title to be available in limited quantities for pre-release sales will be Hills of Fire: Bare Knuckle Yarns of Appalachia. Award-winning Putnam County writer Frank Larnerd edited this anthology.


“When a dozen of today’s hottest authors—from West Virginia and beyond—get together for an Appalachian tribute to the great pulp writers of the past, they deliver up a volatile mix of unpredictable adventure,” Larnerd says, adding that “square-jawed heroes, desperate outlaws, dangerous women, hellfire roadsters and aliens from another world are ready to set the hills on fire!”


Contributors to the anthology include several state and nationally known writers, such as Thomas Pluck, Jesse Knifley, Jessie Grayson, Steve Rasnic Tem, Josh Reynolds, Amber Keller, Jason Stuart, Steve Vernon, Paula Stiles, Patrick MacAdoo, Michael Knost and Jamie Lackey.


Larnerd will appear at the West Virginia Book Company booth from 10:30 to 12:30, and 2:30 – 4:00 on Sat.; and from 12-noon to 3 p.m. on Sun.


Other Woodland Press authors participating in meet-the-author events this year, at the West Virginia Book Company and Books-a-Million booths, will include Michael Knost, Brian J. Hatcher, Jessie Grayson, Ellen Thompson McCloud, Jason Keene, Shelby Rhodes, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller, F. Keith Davis, and others.


For more information about the West Virginia Book Festival, see www.wvbookfestival.org, www.woodlandpress.com or email: pam.may@kanawha.lib.wv.us



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