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    2013 - Fine wines and fine authors will be on tap Friday evening, June 
    7, from 5 to 7 p.m. when the Carolina Mountains Literary 
    Festival hosts beer and wine tasting and poetry and fiction 
    readings at Burnsville Wine and…

    Featured authors, all from Western North Carolina, include 
    Katey Schultz, Charles F. Price, Abigail DeWitt, Katherine Soniat, 
    and Dale Neal. The featured wine is (of course), Writer’s 
    Block, and a selection of beers along with hors d’oeuvres will
    be on hand. Tickets are $10 at the door, and all proceeds go to 
    support the literary festival, which will be held this year in 
    Burnsville Sept. 12 – 14. T
    he group may be followed on 
    Facebook.

    This is a terrific opportunity to meet five of the two dozen 
    authors who will be present for the festival as well as to talk 
    to the festival organizers and get warmed up for a terrific 
    evening in Burnsville. Other activities in town this evening
    include the showing of the award winning play, Dancing at 
    Lughnasa, at the Parkway Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Directed by 
    Andrew Gall and written by Brian Fiel, the highly acclaimed 
    play, set in rural Ireland in the early 1900’s, won a 1992 Tony
    Award. The 1998 film adaptation starred Meryl Streep.

    Burnsville Wine and… is located at 525 West Main St., just up 
    the hill from TD Bank, There is ample parking behind the shop 
    as well as across the street at the bank.


    2012
    Carolina Mountains Literary Festival features
    Robert Morgan, Catherynne M. Valente,
    and Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
    of Democracy Now

    Burnsville, NC, 2012 - In its 7th yearly incarnation, the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival hosts almost forty authors and hundreds of book lovers September 6 - 8.  With workshops (fee required) and plenty of free discussions, readings, and lectures being held all over charming downtown Burnsville, this "festival of ideas" once again tops the list of best literary happenings in North Carolina.

    With so many authors presenting a great variety of sessions, it'll be a challenge for avid readers and aspiring writers to get to all the programs they'd like, but many of the authors will be presenting more than once, and twice a day, presenting authors will all be available for book-signings at the Burnsville Town Center.

    Highlights include a tribute to John Ehle with selections of his works read by a panel of illustrious authors, the entire assembly of authors of the hilarious collaborative novel Naked Came the Leaf Peeper,
    and of course the Saturday night banquet, featuring keynote speaker Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek, and Lions of the West (ticketed event).

    Even though the word “literary” is in the title, the festival is not academic in nature. It is very much geared to the average reader or book lover, and curious people. Each year the festival strives to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. The goal is that the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival will inspire people to read more, write more, and contribute positively to society through the literary arts.

    Carolina Mountains Literary Festival features 
    Ron Rash and Audrey Niffenegger

    Burnsville, NC, 2011 – For the 6th year, the small town of Burnsville opens its doors to more than thirty authors and hundreds of book lovers during the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. Held this September 9 and 10, the festival features evening events for its featured authors Ron Rash and Audrey Niffenegger. 


    Though she is known for her novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, Niffeneger is also a visual artist who has taught paper arts at Penland School of Crafts. She has published what she calls a “visual book” or a serialized graphic novel titled The Night Bookmobile which first appeared in the London Guardian. At the festival, she will speak on Friday evening, September 9.

    Ron Rash is a celebrated writer from Western North Carolina. His novel Serena garnered critical acclaim and his next book, Burning Bright, earned him the international Frank O’Conner Award (the world’s richest prize for the short story form). Rash will also release his first poetry collection in more than a decade at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. Waking will be published in September of 2011 by Hub City Press. He will give a poetry reading on Saturday morning and will also be the keynote speaker for the Saturday evening banquet.

    The 2011 festival includes many published writers who hail from Mitchell and Yancey Counties: Alan Gratz, Charles F. Price, Elaine Dellinger, Zack Allen, Britt Kaufmann, Brian Lee Knopp, Abigail DeWitt and Donna Jean Dreyer.

    New writers to the festival include Brenda Lilly, playwright of Along About Sundown and The Ballad of Tom Dooley both produced at the Parkway Playhouse. Also, Hannah Gill will lead a follow-up session to last year’s talk by Paul Cuadros based on her book The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina. Other new faces include food writer Fred Sauceman, curator Lynn Ennis, Cherokee pottery expert Anna Fariello, and hound dog breeder Bob Plott. Director of the Buncombe Libraries, Ed Shearey, will also give a talk about the future of books and reading.

    Familiar authors such as Rob Amberg, Joseph Bathanti, Holly Iglesias and Jim Clark will also return.

    As in years past, there are sessions especially for children on Saturday. The ARTS MATTERS group will supervise hands-on projects and Poetry Alive!, the dynamic troupe from Asheville, will head up the day’s events held in the new Yancey County Library.

    Even though the word “literary” is in the title, the festival is not academic in nature. It is very much geared to the average reader or book lover, and curious people. Each year the festival strives to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. The goal is that the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival will inspire people to read more, write more, and contribute positively to society through the literary arts
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    The 5th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
    June 22, 2010  

    For the 5th year, the small town of Burnsville opens its doors to more than thirty authors and hundreds of book lovers during the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. Held this September 10 and 11 the festival’s theme “Coming Home” guides the selection of participating authors. 

    Tony Earley, the Saturday Banquet speaker, has written two critically acclaimed books, Jim the Boy and Blue Star, that follow the life a North Carolina boy as he becomes a man during World War II. Earley himself grew up in North Carolina, where he received his degree from Warren Wilson and worked as a reporter. 

    Paul Cuadros and his book A Home on the Field: How One Championship Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America will also be featured prominently. In his book, Cuadros relays how he became a varsity soccer coach in Siler City, NC and the struggles and triumphs of the players, team and community. This inspirational book has been compared to Stand and Deliver and Hoosiers. 

    The 2010 festival has a greater emphasis on local history than in previous years and is supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council. A History Panel featuring Melungeon scholar Wayne Winkler, Colby Martin, and Kristen and Stephanie Whitson will present on Friday afternoon. Additionally there will be a panel of local historians who have published books through Arcadia Press on locations as Bakersville, Spruce Pine, Little Switzerland, Linville Falls, Unicoi County and Altapass Orchard. 

    As in previous years, the festival will have children’s activities on Saturday on the town square, a series of writing workshops and dozens of free sessions that are open to the public. Even though the word “literary” is in the title, the festival is not academic in nature. It is very much geared to the average reader or book lover, and this year will be of particular interest to those curious about local history. 

    For those who love poetry, North Carolina’s newly appointed Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers will participate as well as NC Art’s Council Fellowship recipients Joseph Bathanti and Holly Iglesias, among others. 

    Also, to honor the dogs who always welcome us when come home, this year’s promotional bookmark features one such canine. Further, there will be a panel of dog-lovers including Brian Lee Knopp, whose book Mayhem in Mayberry features several alarming dog encounters; Gina Farrago, who studied wolf behavior extensively for her werewolf series; and Karen Chavez, columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times who has written the book Best Hikes With Dogs: North Carolina. 

    Each year the festival strives to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. The goal is that the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival will inspire people to read more, write more, and contribute positively to society through the literary arts. 



    All are invited come to the small town of Burnsville --to a festival that includes novelists, poets, historians, journalists, and everyday people who enjoy stories, conversation, and a real good time. 

    To see a complete list of authors and a schedule for the weekend visit cmlitfest.org. 

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    Contact: Britt Kaufmann 

    Carolina Mountains Literary Festival 

    PO Box 355 

    Burnsville, NC 28714 

    (828) 682-4476 

    cmlitfest@gmail.com 



    or Britt’s home phone (828) 682-5664 and personal email britt.kaufmann@gmail.com

     From the Yancey Common Times Journal
    January 29, 2009
    Carolina Mountain Literary Festival Keeps On Giving

    Each year the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival keeps getting better and better by any measer chosen to gauge it.  Those who attended have had unique opportunites to meet and talk with bestselling authors and renowned historians in small settings not possible at any other conference. The Festival Steering Committee makes sure that in addition to academic and literary types, there is also a focus on children and families.

     
    Year before last, thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Festival was able to reach 345 students in 6 schools in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties. Francie Hall, author of Appalachian ABC worked with 4th graders at the schools on writing skills based on family heritage. Well known author and educator, Dr. Gloria Houston also conducted a workshop for teachers and library media coordinators to help them to integrate children’s literature into the curriculum.
     
    Both authors joined Burnsville’s own children’s author, Karen Miller, for an afternoon with children and families on Saturday. For the past two years, Karen has also visited in schools and conducted workshops and special programs for 4-h’ers and Summer School Students: all supported by the Festival.

    Last year, the Festival contributed matching funds that enabled the Yancey Public Library to receive a grant from the Libri Foundation for $700. This money went toward purchasing books related to family heritage and regional history that have supported our children’s programs all year long.

    The Festival is not just a onetime event, but keeps on giving in many different ways throughout the entire year. If you would like to be a part of this year’s Carolina Mountains Literary Festival let your librarian know, give us a call at 828-682-4476, or email director@amyregionallibrary.org