West Virginia Book Festival

A two-day festival of discussions, readings, workshops and more

The West Virginia Humanities Council is a charter sponsor of the West Virginia Book Festival along with the Kanawha County Public Library and Charleston Newspapers.


For more information visit the festival website at wvbookfestival.org.


The West Virginia Book Festival, established in 2001, will be held this year at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center as a one-day event: Saturday, October 19, 2024. (Don't miss the Council's own McCreight Lecture in the Humanities just two days prior, on October 17.)


The event features national, regional, and state authors; publishers; booksellers; and literacy and related organizations. Panel discussions, readings, signings, workshops and children’s activities are regular offerings at the festival.


The West Virginia Book Festival has presented such notable authors as Nicholas Sparks, Lee Child, Rick Bragg, Rita Mae Brown, David Baldacci, Diana Gabaldon, Craig Johnson, Jeanette Walls, Wil Haygood, Jayne Anne Phillips, Jerry West, Jennifer Chiaverini, James Robertson, Jaimy Gordon, Denise Giardina, Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jeff Shaara. The mission of the festival is to “bring books and people together.”