Friday, October 30, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Score at the West Virginia Book Festival

I had a great time last weekend at the WV Book Festival. Did a signing Saturday for Borders and introduced Michael Knost for his discussion of using West Virginia as a backdrop for fiction. Sunday, I signed books at the West Virginia Book Company table.

One of the events I always look forward to is the Used Book Sale. On Saturday, paperbacks are 50¢, softcovers are $1, and hardbacks are $2. On Sunday, it is everything you want to take for $3. For less than the cost of a single hardback, I took home all of the following:

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
The Brotherhood of the Rose by David Morrell
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
'Night, Mother by Marsha Norman

The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 3rd Ed., Vols. 1 & 2
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, edited by Alan Kaufman
The Other by Thomas Tryon
Albion's Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century England
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Fiction 100: An Anthology of Short Fiction
Stages of Drama: Classical to Contemporary Theater
Readings in Ancient History

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Treasury of American Poetry
In the Night Room by Peter Straub
The Years 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, 1st, 2nd and 5th Editions
Alone Against Tomorrow by Harlan Ellison
The Mote in Andrea's Eye by David Niall Wilson
Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

I also scored the five-volume set of National Geographic Society's leather-bound edition of the Story of Man for $15, and Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia for $10. All in all, a productive year for picking up books. I've been wanting to read The Other, and now I have a copy that just got pushed to the top of my TBR pile. Everything else should keep me busy at least until the end of the year.

Friday, October 9, 2009

West Virginia Book Festival This Saturday and Sunday

I will be at the West Virginia Book Festival this weekend. Saturday, I will be introducing editor Michael Knost, who will be discussing "Legends of the Mountain State", using West Virginia as a backdrop for stories, and giving tips to writers and editors. Sunday, I will be at West Virginia Book Company booth from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, signing copies of all three "Legends of the Mountain State" books and the "Writers Workshop of Horror". Stop by and check out all there great programming and great deals this weekend at the Charleston Civic Center.