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The Ohio County Public Library will host the inaugural Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books on Saturday, November 8 from 9 AM until 4 PM. Five award-winning authors will speak at this free event. OCPL to Host First Wheeling Book Festival


The Ohio County Public Library will host the inaugural Upper Ohio Valley Festival of Books on Saturday, November 8 from 9 AM until 4 PM. Five award-winning authors will speak at this free event. Authors will then lead workshops for those interested in writing and publishing in the areas of graphic novels, poetry, or non-fiction. Book vendors will also be on-site, offering participants a wide array of local and regional publications.


The organizers saw a need, especially in light of the unfortunate discontinuation of a similar festival in Charleston. “It is our hope to continue the legacy of the West Virginia Book Festival in some small way by promoting an interest in regional books, authors and publishing,” said festival organizer Cheryl Harshman. “The idea for this book festival grows from the Wheeling Arts and
Cultural Commission and its work to support, nurture, and promote all the Arts in the greater Wheeling area.”

 Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley,

New York Times best-selling novelist Sharyn McCrumb will be the keynote speaker and will take the main stage at 1 PM. She will be accompanied by singer and fiddle player Jack Hinshelwood to present her internationally acclaimed "Words and Music" program, which brings together the ballads that are woven throughout McCrumb's novels with Hinshelwood performing the ballads as Sharyn reads and discusses her work.


“In her depiction of the southern Appalachians, Sharyn McCrumb is both accurate and sympathetic,” commented festival organizer Bonnie Thurston. “Few contemporary writers manage this delicate balance so well. Her ballad novels are classics, and her many awards for regional writing are well deserved. Hers is a presentation we are fortunate to have and not to be missed. She is one of the brightest and best of our Appalachian writers."


Other participating authors will be: Doug Van Gundy (poetry), Daniel Boyd (graphic novels), and Geoffrey Fuller and Daleen Berry (non-fiction). These authors will lead afternoon workshops focusing on their areas of expertise. Those interested in the attending the workshop sessions may reserve a seat by calling the library at 304-232-0244, sending an email through the “Contact Us” page at the library’s web site at, or by visiting the Facebook page at

See the full schedule for the Upper OHio Valley Festival of Books HERE.

The festival will be held on the lower level of the Ohio County Public Library at 52-16th Street in Wheeling. All programs and workshops are free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available for purchase on-site. Publishers and writers wanting to reserve a table in the vendor area should contact the library as indicated above.


The project is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in West Virginia by the State Librarian.   The event is co-sponsored by the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission, through its History and Literature Committee. Other sponsors for the event include the West Virginia Library Commission and the Center for the Book, the Wheeling Convention and Vistors Bureau, the Friends of the Elbin Library at West Liberty University, the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation, and private donors.

Ohio County Public Library

The Ohio County Public Library serves all persons who live in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, which includes Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties. Residents in Jefferson, Belmont and Monroe counties of Ohio and Washington, Greene and Allegheny counties of Pennsylvania may also receive library services. 

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