Canary in the Coal Mine, which is set in West Virginia, circa 1931, has been chosen to represent the state at the National Book Festival in 2013. The announcement was made by the West Virginia Library Commission.
So what does this mean?
For one, it means my book is listed as one of 52 Great Reads promoted by the festival and by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book. The recommendations reflect the literary heritage of each state.
It also means I’ll be hanging out at the National Book Festival this Saturday with a bunch of groovy librarians. Look for me in the Pavilion of States at the West Virginia table, where we’ll have some tokens for the kids.
If I’m not at the West Virginia table, that means I have slipped away for just a bit to hang out with Kathy Erskine, Meg Medina and Anne Westrick. We will also be together in Richmond in October for the Teen ’13. Kathy is speaking at the National Book Festival on Sunday, and Meg’s representing Virginia at the Pavilion of States, which means we’re practically neighbors. And Anne is busy celebrating the release of her new book, Brotherhood, just out last week.