The West Virginia University Press will attend the 6th annual West Virginia Book Festival Oct 21-22 at the Charleston Civic Center. The festivala celebration of regional books and authorsis free and open to the public.
The WVU Press will participate in the Festival Marketplace where it will exhibit an array of published titles about West Virginia history and nature.
Its most popular books will be on display, includingRobert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coal Fieldsby Sen. Robert C. Byrd;Afflicting the Comfortableby Thomas F. Stafford, as well as new releases likeGoingby Kevin Oderman andSurviving Mae Westby Priscilla A. Rodd.
The Press will also feature its newest CD release,Coal Digging Blues: Songs of West Virginia Miners,compiled by Mark Allan Jackson. The CD is the eighth addition to the WVU Press Sound Archive series. Drawing upon gospel, blues and country musical influences, the musicians on this compilation explicate the hardships and hopes of the Great Depression-era West Virginia coal miners.
The West Virginia Book Festival was established in 2000, and the WVU Press has attended every year since its inception. Dr. Patrick Conner directs the Press, which was revitalized in 1999 under the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The press publishes books in history, political science, social policy, art, nature, music, literary fiction, medieval European studies and many other categories.
The West Virginia Humanities Council and the Kanawha County Public Library System sponsor the West Virginia Book Festival. The festival will offer various activities for attendees on both days. New to the festival this year are storytelling, poetry programming and several teen programs.