Martinsville, Virginia


Binding Time Book Festival

The time has arrived for Binding Time Café's annual Spring Book Festival. Local and regional authors will be available to sign and sell their books on Saturday April 21st from 10 am until 2 pm.

Henry County author Avis Turner will be there to sign her new book, "The Land Where Fairies Cried Tears of Stone". Set in northeast Patrick County near Fairystone State Park today and Bassett, Henry County, Virginia, Avis Turner tells the story of her grandmother Mattie Turner, who lost a husband at a young age and raised her brood of children alone. Mother, provider, and artist this book tells the story of a strong woman, who kept her family going in tough times.

Featured this year is "Promises Kept", a book of paranormal fiction by writer John Salas. He has twenty years of experience as a paranormal investigator. John Salas currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia and hosts the tv show "Inside the Paranormal."

Also showcased is Mt. Airy author Laura Wharton. Her first novel, "The Pirate's Bastard" (2010) is nominated for a Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and is set in colonial North Carolina. Her second work, "Leaving Lukens", is set in World War II in coastal North Carolina. Both are works of historical fiction, and both involve boats. Formerly from down east North Carolina, Laura loves to sail and participate in all water sports. The result of her love of all things nautical mingles with North Carolina's coastal history in her books.

Other participating authors include local historian and editor of the "Henry County Virginia Heritage" book Tom Perry, Danville children's author Angela Harris, puzzle book creators Stacy and Robert Moody, Franklin County author Becky Mushko, "Dream Girl" author Nadine Barrow, co-author of "Grazing along the Crooked Road" Libby Bondurant, Parkway writer Karen Hall, son of the late author of "The Great Moonshine Conspiracy" Carter Greer and producer of Songs in my Head Cindy Hollingsworth.

Binding Time Café is located in the Druid Hills Shopping Centre on Spruce Street in Martinsville. For more information call 276-656-3800 or visit