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Book Notes: Feb. 19, 2012

By Staff reports

Festival exhibitors sought

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Organizers of the 12th annual West Virginia Book Festival are seeking exhibitors and vendors to participate in the event, which is scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14 at the Charleston Civic Center.

The free festival attracted about 7,000 attendees in 2011.

A major part of the festival is the marketplace of booths where books and other merchandise are for sale by regional publishers, book sellers, sponsors, individual authors and other vendors with a literary mission.

"Individual authors are welcome to band together to rent a booth," said festival Chairwoman Pam May. "Please keep in mind that we generally sell out in late July or early August, even though the deadline for contracts is Aug. 15."

A vendor packet is available for download at www.wvbookfestival.org. Visit the website or call 304-343-4646, ext. 246, for more information.

Civil War reading series

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Greg Carroll, historian at the State Archives, will lead a reading and discussion series on the Civil War at the Kanawha County Main Library beginning Feb. 27.

"Making Sense of the American Civil War" will meet monthly for five months. Books discussed will be "March" by Geraldine Brooks, "Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam" by James McPherson, and "America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on Their 150th Anniversaries" by Edward L. Ayers.

Meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. Copies of the books are limited and may be checked out at the Main Library's reference desk.

Book discussion, signing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Katie Fallon, author of "Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird," will give a presentation on her book at 4 p.m. Saturday at Taylor Books. A question-and-answer session and a book signing will follow.

"Cerulean Blues" has been selected as a finalist in the book category of the Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. The book describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and its struggle to survive in shrinking bands of suitable habitat.


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