West Virginia authors from all over the state traveled to Randolph County to share their stories during the Mountain State Forest Festival.
For the first time, Elkins-Randolph County Public Library opened its doors and invited in West Virginia authors for an author fair. Officials say the fair is a great way to highlight the diversity of voice and experience in the Mountain State.
“Visitors come to the Forest Festival for the Appalachian culture and to soak up our environment. We thought ‘What better culture is there than West Virginia authors who are writing about West Virginia?’,” said Elkins-Randolph County Public Library Executive Director Stephanie Murphy.
Authors shared their stories with the community and signed books during the fair.
“I don’t think people realize the diversity we do have in West Virginia, the diversity of voices, the diversity of experience. I really do think our literature and literature tradition reflects that,” said Author and Poet Bill King.
Officials hope to make the fair an annual event.