WV Writers
eNEWS - March 24, 2006


Appalachian novelist Sharyn McCrumb headlines a slate of more than three dozen talented writers scheduled to appear at the 2006 Ohio River Festival of Books, April 29 at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, W.Va. Best known for her "Ballad" series of regional novels, McCrumb also has published short stories, mysteries and satirical science fiction. Her books frequently appear on the New York Times Bestseller List.

The Ohio River Festival of Books is a fund of the Foundation for the Tri-State Community. For more information on the Festival, log on to www.ohioriverbooks.org.

The Ohio River Festival of Books is a joint undertaking of a half dozen local libraries. These include the Cabell County Public Library, Marshall University Libraries, Briggs Lawrence County Public Library, Ohio University Southern Campus Library, Ashland Community College Library, and FIVCO-Big Sandy Regional Library. Shawnee State University Library is a participating sponsor.

Borders Books, Music & Café at the Huntington Mall is the Festival's prime vendor and a sponsor. Other Festival sponsors include the Huntington Foundation Inc., Pilot Club of Huntington, Friends of the Cabell County Public Library, Mansbach Foundation, West Virginia Center for the Book, West Virginia Library Commission, and others. Many vendors will be at the festival selling books and other items as well.

OTHER AUTHORS: Go to www.ohioriverbooks.org.

Other authors will discuss, read from and sign their books during the daylong Festival, which opens at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. The event will include panel discussions and other programs for readers of all tastes, booths staffed by booksellers and other vendors, children's entertainment and much more. Except for ticketed events, there is no charge for the festival.

Budding authors won't want to miss "Inside Publishing," a session that will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the world of publishing. Panelists for the 11:30 a.m. program will include poet, short story writer and essayist Nickole Brown; Patrick W. Conner, director of the West Virginia University Press; John Patrick Grace, executive director of Publishers Place; travel writer John H. Lewis, and literary agent Rita Rosenkranz.

Three successful mystery writers will team up for a Mystery Tour, set for 1:30 p.m. Taking part will be Karen Harper, the author of more than 30 novels; Lynn Hightower, whose books have appeared on the New York Times List of Notable Books and the London Times Bestseller List, and Huntington native Craig Johnson, whose first book, "The Cold Dish," drew praise from critics and readers alike.

A program on Memoirs, set for 1:30 p.m., will feature Karen McElmurray, author of "Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey," and gossip writer Jeannette Wells, whose "The Glass Castle" tells the story of her nomadic and hardscrabble childhood.


  • 10 a.m. -- Gwyn Hyman Rubio, whose latest novel, "The Woodsman's Daughter," is receiving rave reviews.
  • 10 a.m. -- Joel William Beeson and John Temple, co-editors of "Cancer Stories: Lessons in Love, Loss and Hope."
  • 11:30 a.m. - Dwight Harshbarger, a native of Cabell County, the setting for many of his stories.
  • 11:30 a.m. -- Author/illustrator Paul Brett Johnson, who has published more than 20 books for children.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Chef and cookbook author Sara Gibbs and wine critic Matt DeBord.
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Asra Q. Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal correspondent whose latest book is "Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam."
  • 1:30 p.m. -- Beverly Van Hook, author of a series of books for young teens featuring Supergranny, a "gray-haired detective who drives a red Ferrari and fights crime."
  • 2:45 p.m. -- Huntington poet Laura Treacy Bentley, whose work has been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies.
  • 2:45 p.m. -- Poet Diane Gilliam Fisher, whose "Kettle Bottom" re-imagines the West Virginia mine wars of the 1920s.
  • 2:45 p.m. -- Comic book icon Harvey Pekar, creator of the landmark "American Splendor" series.


West Virginia
From I-64 Westbound, exit at the Hal Greer Blvd. exit (Route 10). Yield right and proceed on Hal Greer Blvd. (16th Street) about 1.5 miles past Marshall Univ. to 3rd Avenue. Turn left and go 8 blocks to 8th Street. The Civic Center (Big Sandy Superstore Arena), 3rd Avenue and 8th Street, will be on your right.


From Route 52 Southbound, exit at Route 7 heading toward Chesapeake.O. At end of 4-lane road, cross bridge on Rt 152/527 (Fifth Street), go one block and turn left onto 4th Avenue. Go three block and turn left on 8th Street an go 1 block to Civic Center (Big Sandy Superstore Arena), 3rd Avenue and 8th Street.

From I-64 Eastbound, exit at the 5th Street exit (Route 152). Turn left, crossing over the interstate and proceed to 8th Avenue. Turn right and go 2 blocks. Turn left on 8th Street and go 5 blocks to Civic Center (Big Sandy Superstore Arena), 3rd Avenue and 8th Street.

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