It is, in fact, an excellent weekend for geekery in the Kanawha Valley.
Starting Saturday is the West Virginia Book Festival at the Charleston Civic Center. Highlights include West Virginia University legend Jerry West, who just came out with the memoir “West by West,” and Lee Child , author of the popular Jack Reacher novels.
There’s also a lot of
cool geeky off-beat stuff.
The Daily Mail’s Zack Harold has a story about an antique book appraiser, Jim Presgraves.
Presgraves has sold books since he was 12 years old, so he can spot a loser pretty quickly.
He opened “Bookworm and Silverfish,” his Wytheville, Va. bookshop, in 1967. He entered the antique book business a year later.
Zack also wrote about the popular used book sale.
Better get in line now if you’re shopping for a deal. (Unless you’re reading this when it’s already over. In that case, hop in line now for next year.)
Every year, a line of bibliophiles snakes through the Civic Center as they wait to get into the Kanawha Public Library’s annual used book sale.
“Some of them probably get there at 7 or earlier to get in line,” sale coordinator Sandy Frercks said.
The annual used book sale, opening at 9 a.m. this Saturday, is one of the library’s biggest fundraisers. It generated $42,000 last year alone.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail’s Paul Fallon writes about CharCon, a convention for gamers headquartered at Charleston’s Ramada Inn.
CharCon, which starts today (Friday) at noon and ends late Sunday, will have events like a board game tournament, a board game library and various speakers.
Paul talks to the managers of two local stores that sell role-playing game merchandise as well as card games like Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering.
David Whelan, owner of Lost Legion Games and Comics, says tabletop role-playing and card and board games have become more than just a niche market.
Whelan owns three stores under his Lost Legion flagship: The Rifleman on Charleston’s West Side, The Castle in Beckley and The Keep in Princeton.
“Role-playing games are all pretty strong right now,” he said. “Old gamers are bringing in new players.”