Avid readers will once again have the unique opportunity to meet dozens of their favorite authors. The Martinsburg -Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the second annual West Virginia Book Faire at Olde Towne Martinsburg. Last year, people came from all over the Mid-Atlantic region.
The event is being held throughout downtown Martinsburg, West Virginia on Friday, November third and Saturday, November fourth.
Readers, authors and aspiring writers are encouraged to visit the Faire and participate in one or more of it’s exciting activities. Participate in a workshop or discussion group, browse amongst the many venders, or best of all, get your books signed by some of your favorite authors.
Free shuttle services are being offered by Old Towne Trolley, with rounds every fifteen minutes at designated Trolley Stops. As authors and events will be scattered throughout downtown Martinsburg, guests will find the walk both easy and enjoyable.
Celebrity guests include Natalia Nogulich from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and award winning author of The Glass and columnist for MSNBC, Jeannette Walls.
The Martinsburg Journal will be holding a Used Book Sale within the Shenandoah Ballroom to benefit Newspapers in Education.
Recently featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jude Stringfellow and her amazing dog, Little Faith, will be doing a presentation at 9:00, Friday morning. A lecture, entitled, Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions is being offered at 10:00, Friday morning by guest lecturer, Lousia Jagger.
Within the Blue Ridge College of Technology’s Atrium, meet with Jeannette Walls to discuss her memoir. Participate in this book group featuring The Glass Castle, at 11:45, Friday morning. The Glass Castle tells the story of her upbringing by eccentric, nomadic parents. And at noon on Friday, attend the special event : “Eat, Drink and Meet Kerry: Pairing Wines with Recipes from, This Book Cooks!” Head to Tuscan Sun, at 144 North Queen Street, to meet the founder and president of the Baltimore Cooking Club. Tuscan Sun is providing wines that complement the recipes the public will be sampling from Kerry’s cookbook, This Book Cooks.
Civil War enthusiasts have the opportunity to witness a rare re-enactment of the effort to save Boydville from burning by Union troops. House tours of Boydville will be offered throughout the Faire. The Berkeley County Historical Society is also conducting tours of the Belle Boyd House and the Historical Society Museum.
On Saturday, join former Counsel to the President of the United States, John Dean at a brown bag luncheon in his honor. John Dean has written on law, government and politics; as well as, authored two books on the Nixon White House and Watergate. Mr. Dean held the positions of Chief Minority Counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the United States House of Representatives, Associate Director of Law Reform Commission, Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States, and President Nixon’s White House Lawyer.
After lunch, participate in a fascinating discussion on collectable books and what gives them value. The Arts Centre will display a collection of rare books while Sarah Dolecki and Lars Wingren hold seminars on care and handling of rare books.
The Literacy Benefit Reception and Dinner at the Holiday Inn Ballroom concludes the Book Faire in style. Keynote speaker, Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys, will discuss his book and sign copies for attendees. Authors will be assigned to each table, so everyone will dine with a guest of honor. This benefit dinner will not only celebrate the authors and guests of honor, but will assist in raising funds to fight illiteracy in West Virginia.
The wide variety of special events available during both days of the Faire are much too numerous to include. Please call the Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau for more details: 304-264-8811.
Learn from Anna Alter, techniques to being published as a children’s author. This program for aspiring writers and illustrators will be held at 9:30, Friday morning.
Kerry Dunnington will share clever ideas for marketing your work. Attend this workshop at 10:30 a.m., Friday morning, and gain the skills you need to get noticed by the industry.
Saturday morning, catch Kathleen Rogers’ workshop, Newspaper Feature Writing: Methods and Markets. Ms. Rogers is the editor of Hampshire History newspaper and has written newspaper features for twenty years. In the afternoon, learn to write personal narratives with author and journalist, Shari Caudron.
The above are a sample of the many workshops available during the Faire. If you have questions, or would like to pre-register, please call the Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau: 304-264-8811.
Want to go?
Start the day by registering at the Shenandoah Ballroom where you will receive a schedule, map and goodie bag. The Shenandoah Ballroom is located on the corner of West Martin and North Queen Street. First time visitors to Martinsburg should exit from Interstate 81 onto East King Street, travel to town square, turn left onto Queen Street, and park in the public parking lot on the right. Martin Street is two blocks north of King Street.
Martinsburg sits conveniently off of Interstate 81, in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. An easy weekend ride from Washington D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburg, and Richmond, visitors will enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of the Shenandoah Region along the way. Martinsburg is the Berkeley County seat; therefore, expect to find exceptional services and variety of restaurants in the immediate area.
For more information, please contact the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 304-264-8811.