Ohio County Public Library to Host Book Festival
The Ohio County Public Library will host the inaugural Upper Ohio Valley Book Festival on Saturday, November 8, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Five award-winning authors will speak at the free event. Authors will then lead workshops for those interested in writing and publishing in the areas of graphic novels, poetry, or non-fiction. Book vendors will also be on-site, offering participants a wide array of local and regional publications.
New York Times best-selling novelist Sharyn McCrumb will be the keynote speaker. “In her depiction of the southern Appalachians, Sharyn McCrumb is both accurate and sympathetic,” commented festival organizer Bonnie Thurston.
Other participating authors will be: Doug Van Gundy (poetry), Daniel Boyd (graphic novels), and Geoffrey Fuller and Daleen Berry (non-fiction). These authors will lead afternoon workshops focusing on their areas of expertise. Those interested in attending the workshops may reserve a seat by calling the library at 304-232-0244, sending an email through the “Contact Us” page at the library’s website, or by visiting the Facebook page.
The festival will be held on the lower level of the Ohio County Public Library at 52-16th Street in Wheeling. All programs and workshops are free and open to the public.
The event is co-sponsored by the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission, through its History and Literature Committee. Other sponsors include the West Virginia Center for the Book at the West Virginia Library Commission, the Elbin Library at West Liberty University, the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, and private donors. The project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.