About the Festival
Our mission is to bring together authors, readers of all
ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small,
We do not see ourselves as an academic festival, though we
seek to advance authors of literary quality. Nor are we a
book fair in which the primary objective is to sell books.
One of our goals is to raise awareness of works of
literary significance from smaller presses. We do focus
on regional writers, though not exclusively. And yes, we
do like an occasional feather in our cap. But overall,
our aspiration is to create a little literary community
which is in dialog with readers, aspiring writers, and
established authors about craft and ideas of sustaining
Another goal is to make sure our authors are having good
time. In the best scenario, authors leave the festival
feeling renewed and rededicated to their work. So
frequently when an author writes in isolation, it is hard
to believe that his/her work is making an impact on
people and society. But situating authors and readers
together in close quarters, as our festival does, it is
possible for authors to hear stories of how their work
has influenced people. It’s not just signing a book, it’s
making a human connection.
We hope the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival inspires
people to read more, write more, and contribute positively
to society through the literary arts.
No outside vendors have booths at our festival. In
fact, we don’t even sell any litfest paraphernalia.
In an attempt to support our quaint downtown,
attendees are encouraged to buy souvenirs at the many
local shops that host readings.
Authors are not tied down to a table all day, but are
free to roam the town, attend other sessions, or gab
with other authors in more sequestered areas. Some
authors spend a full two days attending others’
readings. As festival planners, we thoroughly enjoy
this contribution. However, some chose to leave after
their sessions, which is equally acceptable.
Our events are spread all over our small town— in
galleries, small stores, the Town Center, library,
nearby churches, and other various venues. Only a few
used primarily for workshops are not within walking
Events are scheduled simultaneously. As many as nine
different events may be occurring at any one time. (We
know that it can be difficult to choose, but we make
every attempt to have each author present at least
twice during the weekend.)
We have a festival bookseller (Malaprop’s) who sells
all festival author books – authors do not sell their
books on their own. (Therefore, if book sales are
high on your list of priorities or you enjoy pitching
your books, you may not find this event to your
liking—and vice versa.)
Authors gather for morning and afternoon-session
book-signings as a group. No individual authors will
have their own signings.
Author presentations are limited to two consecutive
years. Exceptions may be made if an author has a new,
significant work. At the same time, we welcome past
participants as attendees, or to assist us as session
moderators or introducers if they wish.
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