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    Friday morning, September 5
    9-9:45 Town Center Legacy Room TOMMY HAYS - What I Came to Tell You: A Middle Grade Novel:
    Tommy will talk about and read from his recently released middle grade novel What I Came to Tell You, told from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy named Grover. Since his mother’s death, the only thing that gives him solace is the hours he spends working on his art in the beloved bamboo grove near his Asheville home. His overworked father, who happens to be Director of the Thomas Wolfe House, belittles his efforts; he feels his son is wasting his time and throwing life away. As tensions within and without the family build to a boiling point, help tiptoes its way into their lives. A mountain family has moved into the cheap rental nearby, and slowly they work their way into Grover’s forest—and his heart. Tommy will discuss the book’s origins, his use of Asheville and Mitchell County as setting and his first venture into writing children’s books. He will also talk about the book’s exploration of art as a way for children to express grief. For more information about What I Came to Tell You, please go to www.tommyhays.com

    9-9:45 Location to be determined KATEY SCHULTZ  Schultz will read from her award-winning collection of short stories. Most of these stories take place in lands far away--Iraq & Afghanistan--but in the spirit of this year's CMLF theme of remembering, she will read one story in particular from her collection that takes place in Western North Carolina, featuring a widow who learns how to move on, keeping the memory of her husband close.

    9-9:45 Town Hall ALLAN WOLF - Reading/Author Talk  VOICES FROM THE TITANIC: Discovering History Through a Poet's Eyes.  Come explore the most famous ship in the world, and meet a few of the passengers who sailed on her doomed maiden voyage.  Poet and author, Allan Wolf, will guide you through a tour of his novel in verse, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, chosen this year's North Carolina's YA Book of the Year.  Featuring music, slides, readers theatre, and a five-foot-long foam rubber Titanic "puppet," this Author Session will bring to life the famous ship as well as some of those who sailed her.   

    9-11:45 Workshop - Fiction Writing - with AMY WILLOUGHBY BURLE.  $25 - advance registration required - see Workshop page for details

    STILL FRIDAY MORNING...

    10-10:45 Town Center Legacy Room TOMMY HAYS - What I Came to Tell You: A Middle Grade Novel:
    Tommy will talk about and read from his recently released middle grade novel What I Came to Tell You, told from the point of view of a 12-year-old boy named Grover. Since his mother’s death, the only thing that gives him solace is the hours he spends working on his art in the beloved bamboo grove near his Asheville home. His overworked father, who happens to be Director of the Thomas Wolfe House, belittles his efforts; he feels his son is wasting his time and throwing life away. As tensions within and without the family build to a boiling point, help tiptoes its way into their lives. A mountain family has moved into the cheap rental nearby, and slowly they work their way into Grover’s forest—and his heart. Tommy will discuss the book’s origins, his use of Asheville and Mitchell County as setting and his first venture into writing children’s books. He will also talk about the book’s exploration of art as a way for children to express grief. For more information about What I Came to Tell You, please go to www.tommyhays.com

    10-10:45 Design Gallery PAT RIVIERE-SEEL - The Intersection of Memory and Imagination: Crafting poems from our memories can be slippery business. “Who the Hell cares about Anne Sexton’s grandmother,” W.H. Auden famously complained after a poetry reading. And, yes, the worst defense of a poem is still, “it really happened.” Richard Hugo said that the subject that initiates a poem “should trigger the imagination as well as the poem.” So, how do we use our memories to trigger our imagination and write the poems that need to be written? Join Pat for a reading and discussion on crafting poems from memories.

    10-10:45 Town Hall ALLAN WOLF - Reading/Author Talk  VOICES FROM THE TITANIC: Discovering History Through a Poet's Eyes.  Come explore the most famous ship in the world, and meet a few of the passengers who sailed on her doomed maiden voyage.  Poet and author, Allan Wolf, will guide you through a tour of his novel in verse, The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic, chosen this year's North Carolina's YA Book of the Year.  Featuring music, slides, readers theatre, and a five-foot-long foam rubber Titanic "puppet," this Author Session will bring to life the famous ship as well as some of those who sailed her.  

    11-11:45 Town Center Legacy Room KANE SMEGO

    "From Greece to Griots to Gripping the Mic" - Explore the history of the oral tradition, storytelling, and poetry as a tool for documenting and transmitting history, culture, and ideas across time and space.


    Friday afternoon, September 5

    12-12:30 Town Center Legacy Room - Book-signing for Friday morning authors
    12:30-2:00 Break for Lunch

    2-2:45 Town Center Legacy Room JAY ERSKINE LEUTZE

    2-2:45 Location to be determined TOMMY HAYS - On Memory and Place in Tommy’s novels.

    2-2:45 Design Gallery MALAIKA KING ALBRECHT - Write Yourself: The Poetry of Healing - Expand understanding and application of the poetic process as an instrument for healing. A form of cognition, poetry associatively connects the concrete to the psychic and is a means of sorting through life events. The creative process of poetry works gently to move us through the layers of denial and “old tapes” toward clarity, a new voice. The use of metaphor permits re-living of events without re-traumatization. From poems that address unfinished conversations with loved ones or abusers to poems that use an elevated voice to reach for strength, participants will write and get a chance to use what Joseph Campbell calls “the eloquence within.” There will be several writing prompts and chances for participants to embrace the transformative power of their own creativity.

    2-2:45 Town Hall CHRISTINE HALE - Telling the Truth with Fiction:   Looking at the counter-intuitive element in the genre.  Although fiction is "made up," there's a powerful element of truth-telling in it.  And, although memoirists can and should struggle for factual accuracy in their writing, good memoir relies on a good capacity for imagination. A brief reading from her work, followed by brief lecture, discussion and Q&A.

    2-4:45 Workshop - Memoir Writing with KATEY SCHULTZ.  $25 - advance registration required - see Workshop page for details.

    STILL FRIDAY AFTERNOON....

    3-3:45 Town Center Legacy Room NC POET LAUREATE JOSEPH BATHANTI - A Reading
    3-3:45 Location to be determined MICHAEL C. HARDY and GORDON McKINNEY - "The Civil War in the Western North Carolina and the Origin of the Region's Republican Party"
    3-3:45 Design Gallery AMY WILLOUGHBY BURLE - The Poetry of Simple Prose: Simple language can sing a beautiful song.  The beauty of ordinary language can be extraordinary indeed as it raises the colloquial to eloquent, illustrating the beauty and magic of everyday life while elevating the reader with the feeling that "these are the words I use, this is the language I know, look how beautiful my experience is as well." Discussion and Q and A with sample readings from Out Across the Nowhere, short stories.

    4-4:45 Location to be determined BOOK CLUB BUZZ
                         with KAT TURCZYN, JANE WILLIG and NANCY ROTH

    4-4:45 Design Gallery NC POET LAUREATE JOSEPH BATHANTI - Writing Across Genres: Joseph Bathanti will talk about mining and writing about the same subjects in three different genres, poetry, fiction and memoir. He will also read selections from his work that exemplify this practice.
    4-4:45 TRAC Gallery ARTIST/ILLUSTRATOR DEBBIE LITTLEDEER - Children's books are often a beautiful mixture of words and pictures. The Rabbits Dance is such a book. In this informal Q&A session illustrator Debbie Littledeer will talk about the origins and progression of this collaboration between her and her longtime friend Ellie Kirby. She will also show examples of work on the book from beginning to end.

    STILL FRIDAY AFTERNOON....

    5-5:30 Town Center Legacy Room - Book-signing with Friday Afternoon Authors

    5:30-7 TRAC Gallery - Reception for Debbie Littledeer

    7:30 pm Town Center Legacy Room - Free Performance
    IVY ROWE
    from the novel "Fair and Tender Ladies" by Lee Smith
    with
    BARBARA BATES SMITH
    and
    musician Jeff Sebens




    SATURDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 6

    9-9:45 Town Center Legacy Room  Panel Discussion: Path from Writer to Reader - If you have ever wondered how a writer's manuscript becomes a published book, this discussion is for you.  Members of the panel will lead us along the traditional path: from manuscript to agent, agent to publisher, publisher to bookseller, bookseller to reader. Plus we'll explore the alternative on-line route. Join us -- share your experiences, ask your questions.
    Panel members
    William Boggess, literary agent for Barer Literary in New York
    Kathy Pories, editor at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
    Kevin Watson, founding editor of Press 53 in Winston Salem
    Caroline Christopoulus, bookseller at Malaprop’s in Asheville
    Ruth Price, experienced at online publishing

    9-9:45 Workshop - Memoir Writing with GRETCHEN GRIFFITH  $25 - advance registration required - see Workshop page for details.

    10-10:45 Town Center Legacy Room HEATHER NEWTON - Reading from and discussion of her novel UNDER THE MERCY TREES, winner of the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award, about a man forced to return home to western North Carolina and face his past when his older brother goes missing from the family home place.  Jill McCorkle has described UNDER THE MERCY TREES as "An amazing 
    novel, driven by mystery, and weaving past and present stories into an intricate and mesmerizing design... An extraordinary piece of work."
    10-10:45 Location to be determined MICHAEL C. HARDY and GORDON McKINNEY - "Senators Zebulon B. Vance and Henry W. Blair and Federal Assistance for Western North Carolina"
    10-10:45 Design Gallery MALAIKA KING ALBRECHT - Write Yourself: The Poetry of Healing - Expand understanding and application of the poetic process as an instrument for healing. A form of cognition, poetry associatively connects the concrete to the psychic and is a means of sorting through life events. The creative process of poetry works gently to move us through the layers of denial and “old tapes” toward clarity, a new voice. The use of metaphor permits re-living of events without re-traumatization. From poems that address unfinished conversations with loved ones or abusers to poems that use an elevated voice to reach for strength, participants will write and get a chance to use what Joseph Campbell calls “the eloquence within.” There will be several writing prompts and chances for participants to embrace the transformative power of their own creativity.
    10-10:45 Town Hall RICHARD CHESS - A Reading

     STILL SATURDAY MORNING....

    11-11:45 Town Center Legacy Room JAY ERSKINE LEUTZE
    11-11:45 Design Gallery TERRY ROBERTS - The History Behind A Short Time to Stay Here - Brief lecture, short reading, and Q & A
    11-11:45 Town Hall MARILYN McVICKER and CATHY LARSON SKY - ACROSS THE FINISHING LINE: a reading by two poets who draw from their backgrounds as performance artists to add depth and meaning to their readings. Marilyn brings pantomime and signing to her work, while Cathy weaves Irish fiddle tunes between poems. Each unlocks her own Pandora’s box of memories and insights to craft art from love, loss, family, beauty, and struggle – the raw material of existence. Marilyn and Cathy are lifelong writers who participate in the process of soulful writing, striving to give birth to words. They are pleased to be part of the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival this year, as they celebrate the 2014 publishing of their chapbooks, Some Shimmer of You (McVicker), and Blue egg, my heart (Sky) by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.
    11-11:45 Off The Beaten Path PAT RIVIERE-SEEL - The Intersection of Memory and Imagination: Crafting poems from our memories can be slippery business. “Who the Hell cares about Anne Sexton’s grandmother,” W.H. Auden famously complained after a poetry reading. And, yes, the worst defense of a poem is still, “it really happened.” Richard Hugo said that the subject that initiates a poem “should trigger the imagination as well as the poem.” So, how do we use our memories to trigger our imagination and write the poems that need to be written? Join Pat for a reading and discussion on crafting poems from memories.

    Saturday afternoon, September 6

    12-12:30 Town Center Legacy Room Book-signing for Saturday Morning authors
    12:30-2:00 BREAK FOR LUNCH


    2-2:45 Town Center Legacy Room HEATHER NEWTON - Readings from and discussion of the linked short stories in her collection, MCMULLEN CIRCLE, which explore the intertwined lives of faculty families at the McMullen Boarding School in Tonola Falls, Georgia in 1969-70. The school community is isolated and idyllic, yet issues of race and the Vietnam War still intrude. Stories in this collection have appeared in The Drum, The Great Smokies Review, O, Georgia! and elsewhere.
    2-2:45 Location to be determined BOOK CLUB BUZZ
                            with KAT TURCZYN, JANE WILLIG, and NANCY ROTH

    2-2:45 Design Gallery CHRISTINE HALE - Using the Imagination in Memoir: Looking at the counter-intuitive element in the genre. Although fiction is "made up," there's a powerful element of truth-telling in it. And, although memoirists can and should struggle for factual accuracy in their writing, good memoir relies on a good capacity for imagination. A brief reading from her work, followed by brief lecture, discussion and Q&A.
    2-2:45 Town Hall MARILYN McVICKER and CATHY LARSON SKY - ACROSS THE FINISHING LINE: a reading by two poets who draw from their backgrounds as performance artists to add depth and meaning to their readings. Marilyn brings pantomime and signing to her work, while Cathy weaves Irish fiddle tunes between poems. Each unlocks her own Pandora’s box of memories and insights to craft art from love, loss, family, beauty, and struggle – the raw material of existence. Marilyn and Cathy are lifelong writers who participate in the process of soulful writing, striving to give birth to words.  They are pleased to be part of the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival this year, as they celebrate the 2014 publishing of their chapbooks, Some Shimmer of You (McVicker), and Blue egg, my heart (Sky) by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky.

    2-4:45 Workshop - Poetry - with RICHARD CHESS   $25 - advance registration required - see Workshop page for details.

    STILL SATURDAY AFTERNOON....

    3-3:45 Town Center Legacy Room GLENIS REDMOND

    3-3:45 Design Gallery GRETCHEN GRIFFITH - *The Art of Storycatching - *Self-proclaimed storycatcher Gretchen Griffith shares her experiences and methods of capturing and preserving life stories of people in western North Carolina. Through her narration, the ordinary became the extraordinary, and their stories became powerful. She will also read from her books, bringing to life all kinds of personalities she uncovered.

    3-3:45 Town Hall TERRY ROBERTS - Where Did the Characters Come From in A SHORT TIME TO STAY HERE? Brief lecture, short reading, and Q & A
    3-3:45 TRAC Gallery DEBBIE LITTLEDEER- Children's books are often a beautiful mixture of words and pictures. The Rabbits Dance is such a book. In this informal Q&A session illustrator Debbie Littledeer will talk about the origins and progression of this collaboration between her and her longtime friend Ellie Kirby. She will also show examples of work on the book from beginning to end.

    4-4:45 Location to be determined TRADITIONAL VOICES GROUP EXHIBIT with NANCI MANSFIELD, Editor  - Watch the Memory Minutes movie, and learn how this project got started, who participates, and the most-asked question: why don't they use their voices?  Short video clips, do's and don't's they've 
    discovered along the way while preserving for the future the memories of the old ways.
    4-4:45 Design Gallery JIM ROGERS - A reading of Starts And Stops Along The Way: Sharing Some Stuff From The Road Most Travel, a a thematic collection of free verse poems and paragraphical narratives about the discovery and process, the trials and tribulations, smiles and giggles, regrets and regards, successes and failures, sad and happy memories, all from the road most travel, as told by those long on the journey.  There's also an invitation to others to journal the journey and stay connected to your best traveling partner, yourself.

    5-5:30 Town Center Legacy Room BOOK-SIGNING for Saturday Afternoon Authors

    7pm Town Center Legacy Room
    Banquet with Keynote Speaker
    GLENIS REDMOND
    Let's Remember
    Dinner on the Ground

    Usually a church homecoming event, dinner on the ground meant tables piled with plates
    of food from kitchen gardens and barnyards and people gathered in celebration and
    remembrance. Ours will be not be very different with local food
    from local farmers prepared with care just for us by Chef Eric Brown
    as we celebrate authors, readers, and each other.
    Tickets required - $30
    See registration page for details or to pay with PayPal