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West Virginia Book Festival

October 27, 2017 GMT

CHARLESTON — It’s Halloween weekend, so it’s only fitting that the world’s best-selling children’s creepy monster author, R.L. Stine, is here to celebrate.

Stine, the New York City-based author whose “Goosebumps” books have sold more than 350 million English language books in print, plus an additional more than 50 million international copies in print in 32 languages, is one of the guest authors this weekend at the West Virginia Book Festival, which runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28, at the Charleston Civic Center, and includes special events with authors, a wide variety of workshops and more.

Registration for all workshops is required at www.wvbookfestival.org/#workshops. Highlights of the festival include Word Play, the children’s activities area, set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Some of the featured programs include Kanawha County Public Library Make ‘n’ Take Craft Tables; Nancy Lockard, The Turtle Lady; Newspapers in Education; The Charleston Gazette-Mail; West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Read Aloud; and Step by Step. There is also a kids’ costume parade at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The used book sale will run 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center Coliseum. The regular price sale is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will close for the setup of the reduced-price sale from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., reopening then through 5 p.m. The sale then opens to nonprofits from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Marketplace inside the Civic Center Coliseum hosts a wide range of regional presses, book sellers, authors and more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Go online at www.facebook.com/wvbookfest/for more info.

Here’s a closer a look at the festival’s special events:

Friday, Oct. 27

• 10 a.m.: Parlor D — Writing Workshop, “Starts and Stops: Building a Story from Beginning to End.” Eliot Parker will sign his books in Parlor D after the workshop.

• 1 p.m.: Parlor D — Writing Workshop, “Romance Writing in West Virginia.” Sarah Title, Jo Goodman and Sarah Loudin Thomas will sign their books in Parlor D after the workshop.

• 3:30 p.m.: Little Theater — Sharyn McCrumb. She will sign her books in the Little Theater Lobby after her presentation

• 7 p.m.: Grand Hall — R.L. Stine. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Stine will sign two books per person after his presentation with his name only. Photos are allowed. If you would like to have books signed, you will be given a numbered ticket as you enter the Grand Hall. When the book signing begins, numbers will be called in groups of 50. Book signing tickets will be collected at the signing table.

Saturday, Oct. 28

• 10 a.m.: Parlor B — Candace Nelson. She will sign her book in Parlor B after her presentation.

• 10 a.m.: Parlor D — Carter Taylor Seaton. She will sign her books in Parlor D after her presentation.

• 11:30 a.m.: Parlor C — Patricia Harman. She will sign her books in Parlor C after her presentation.

• 11:30 a.m.: Little Theater — Joe Hill. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. Hill will sign his books in the Little Theater Lobby after his presentation. Hill will sign as many copies of “Strange Weather” as guests wish to purchase, but people with more than three copies will be asked to go to the back of the line. Hill will personalize books and sign copies of his other books. Pregnant women, people with small children, senior guests and guests with mobility issues will be allowed to go to the front of the signing line. Photos are allowed. If you would like to have books signed, you will be given a numbered ticket as you enter the Little Theater. When the book signing begins, numbers will be called in groups of 50. Book signing tickets will be collected at the signing table.

• 1 p.m.: Parlor B — Marc Harshman and Anna Egan Smucker. Both authors will sign their books in Parlor B after their presentation.

• 1 p.m.: Parlor D — Nicola Yoon. She will sign her books in Parlor D after her presentation.

• 3 p.m.: Grand Hall — Henry Winkler. He will sign his books in the Grand Hall after his presentation. Winkler will sign books only with his name, two per person. Pictures are allowed, but he will continue to sign books as pictures are taken. If you would like to have books signed, you will be given a numbered ticket as you enter the Grand Hall. When the book signing begins, numbers will be called in groups of 50. Book signing tickets will be collected at the signing table.

The West Virginia Book Company (www.wvbookco.com) is the official book vendor for the 2017 West Virginia Book Festival.

They will have books by all of the event authors for sale at their booth in the Marketplace and at each presentation location. It is not necessary to purchase a book at the event to have it signed by an author. You may bring your own books.