40 authors to be at book fair

November 01, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Tri-State-area residents might get to hear the naughty and the nice at Saturday's West Virginia Book Faire. Participating authors include a descendant of etiquette queen Emily Post and the author of "The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell."

Other guests include two former Washington Redskins and Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch, sister of President George W. Bush and daughter of President George H.W. Bush.

Koch, author of "My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush," will be the keynote speaker at Saturday night's Authors' Literacy Benefit Dinner at the Holiday Inn Ballroom. The dinner is a fundraiser for Eastern Panhandle Literacy Volunteers.

Tickets are required for the dinner, but the rest of the book fair's activities are free, said Andrea Ball, executive director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Forty authors are expected to participate in the one-day event.

Some authors also will be giving talks and workshops at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, including Anna Post, of the Emily Post Institute, talking about wedding parties.

At least two authors have a background in TV work.

Loraine Despres ( wrote the famous "Who Done It?" episode of "Dallas." Jim Nelson ( was an assistant editor for the company that produced shows such as "Those Amazing Animals" and "Life's Most Embarrassing Moments."

Despres had no idea how big a deal her "Dallas" script would become. Despres said she had told a few family and friends she was writing the answer to the cliffhanging episode that ends with J.R. Ewing being shot. There was such a media frenzy she had to stop telling people. People tried to bribe her to find out who the shooter was, including an offer for $20,000, she said.

Despres, the Beverly Hills, Calif., resident, who wrote "Belle Cantrell," is working on her fourth book, a love story about an older woman and a younger man ending with Hurricane Katrina.

Nelson, who lives in Maine, is working on a book entitled "George Washington's Secret Navy."

"As long as you had an army, you could pretend that it was defensive. Once you establish a navy, that becomes both an offensive action and a declaration of sovereignty," Nelson said.

If you go ...

WHAT: West Virginia Book Faire

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, with fundraising dinner at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Talks and workshops are held at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, 400 W. Stephens St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

· Book signings are in Shenandoah Ballroom, 108 W. Martin St., downtown Martinsburg.

· Authors' Literacy Benefit Dinner will be held at Holiday Inn Ballroom, 301 Foxcroft Ave., Martinsburg.

· Children's activities are at Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library.

COST: Most events are free. Tickets for the Authors' Literacy Benefit Dinner cost $40; $20 for students.

MORE: Festival guides with maps are available Saturday at Shenandoah Ballroom.

For more information and a complete schedule, call the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-498-2386 or go to

Book fair schedule

· 10:30 a.m. - Loraine Despres talks about being a late blooming writer, Blue Ridge Community & Technical College

· 11 a.m. - Anna Post of the Emily Post Institute, technical college

· 11 a.m. - Historical fiction and nonfiction with James Nelson, technical college

· 11 a.m. - Former Washington Redskins Pat Fischer and Ron McDole and author Mike Richman will be signing copies of "The Redskins Encyclopedia" at Linda's Stuff, 108 N. Queen St., Martinsburg.

· 11:45 a.m. - Book signing with Loraine Despres, Shenandoah Ballroom

· Noon - Book signing with Anna Post, Shenandoah Ballroom

· Noon - Brown bag luncheon with political writer Allen H. Loughry II, Blue Ridge Community & Technical College

· 2 p.m. - DVD/book signing with "The Joy Luck Club" actress Kieu Chinh, Shenandoah Ballroom

· 3 p.m. - Tea and talk with Kieu Chinh, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library

· 6 p.m. - Authors' Literacy Benefit Dinner at Holiday Inn Ballroom. Dorothy "Doro" Bush Koch will be the keynote speaker. Koch authored "My Father, My President: A Personal Account of the Life of George H.W. Bush."

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