Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Our mission is to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. We are a festival of readers who appreciate discussing the ideas in literature.

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See full schedule here.


Thursday Night

  • Wayfaring Strangers-A Musical Voyage from Scotland to Ulster to Appalachiaconcert and presentation with authors and musicians Doug and Darcy Orr, and – via audiolink from her home in Scotland – Doug’s co-author and host of NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie.

All day Friday and Saturday

  • 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Free readings and discussions around town

Saturday Afternoon

  • Playback Theatre- Free improvisations about your stories


  • WRITING WORKSHOPS ($30) Fiction, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Friday Night

  • Banquet ($35) with speaker Fred Chappell – full weekend sponsorship courtesy of Bubba & Susan Crutchfield

Saturday Night

    • Keynote ($20) David George Haskell, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Forest Unseen-A Year’s Watch in Nature.  He comes thanks to the NC Humanities Council Pulitzer Initiative Grant.


Malaprop’s, the southeast’s premier independent bookstore, is the sole vendor at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival. This year’s authors’ books will be on sale at the Burnsville Town Center from 9 until 5 both days. Malaprop’s donates 10% of the sales to a non-profit of our choice; this year, it is the fuel fund for the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library bookmobile.


Tickets available here now!