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Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Barbara Kingsolver
The 10th Annual
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
Burnsville, NC
Thursday – Saturday, September 10-12, 2015


Ann Patchett

 It was such fun doing "Ivy Rowe" from Lee Smith's Fair and Tender Ladies here last year.
Jeff & I are thrilled to do "A Rash of Stories" (by Ron Rash, of course) this year.

Here is a link to the website for tickets and details.

On Saturday, September 12, 2– 2:45 p.m., free & open to the public, Town Center Legacy Room: 

A Rash of Stories
Ron Rash’s, that is–will feature actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens in selections highlighting Rash’s variety of styles: Burning Bright, Lincolnites, and The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth—in an informal format with feedback.  Actress Smith is best known as Off-Broadway’s “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies.  “Vivid storytelling by Barbara and idyllic music by Jeff Sebens,” (from the Triangle’s Independent Weekly) has become a trademark of this Smith-Sebens duo.

The festival idea was born when a small group of local citizens and businesspersons spontaneously came together ten years ago around the goal of giving greater exposure to the art of writing and the joys of reading in an area already famed for its colony of artists in other media.  Originally, that group consisted of literacy advocate Mryna Stephens; Wendy Reid, owner of The Design Gallery; poet Britt Kaufmann; children’s book author Karen Miller; artist Anne Sabri, and health care consultant and aspiring writer Ruth Perschbacher Price and her husband, historical novelist Charles F. Price.  Now it also includes Dr. Dan Barron, former director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries, downtown booster Lucy Gregory Doll, poet and community volunteer Kathy Weisfeld, librarian, runner, super-mom and new director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries Amber Westall Briggs, artist and arts advocate Jane Brown Willig, and many others.

In the years since, more individuals and organizations have caught the enthusiasm of the core group and have volunteered to take part in various ways. These include Together We Read, the Asheville-based organization whose mission is to develop in Western North Carolina a love of reading through the shared experience of well-chosen books; the Yancey County Literacy Council, offering no-charge literacy tutoring to adults and children in the region; and MAYread, Inc., a collaborative public/private organization serving as an advocate and clearinghouse for issues relating to inadequate literacy skills affecting the local economy, employment opportunities, entertainment choices, and quality of life.

Also cooperating are the Toe River Arts Council, represented by Executive Director Denise Cook, and the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library System, represented by Director Amber Westall Briggs.

                                                                 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival website