Gail Godwin’s Keynote Speech written for the 2018 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival theme – Surface and Rise

Gail Godwin delivering the keynote address at the 2018 Carolina Mountains LitFest
The Desperate Place [De-esperare; de=reverse the action of—hope] I can’t see a way out of this. Things will not necessarily get better. This is my life, but I may not get to do what I want in it. This is the language that speaks to you in the desperate place. A place from which you lack the means or power to escape. A place in which you realize that someone you love does not, and will not ever, love you back. A place in which you acknowledge your steep falling off in health, or...
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An Interview with Kevin Watson

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival has been fortunate over its thirteen years of bringing literary arts to Western North Carolina, to have many illustrious participants and champions. Among the Festival’s most ardent supporters is Kevin Morgan Watson, founder of Press 53, an independent publishing house located in Winston Salem. Press 53 authors have had a presence at the Festival every year since 2006. They have included the likes of John Ehle, who captured the spirit of the people and ...
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N. Buncombe HS Students Help Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

The 13th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville, NC will be on Sep­tember 6-8, 2018. All day on Friday and Saturday over 25 authors will give free readings and discussions. There are also four 3-hour writing workshops in fiction, memoir, poetry and non-fiction. ( Pre-registration $30) The Festival begins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. with National Poetry Slam Finalist, Hip Hop artist Kane Smego who topped the Spotify Viral 50 Billboard for his appearance on King Mez's Grammy ...
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Something For Everyone at Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Whatever your reading preferences, there will be something for you at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival on September 6-8, 2018 in Burnsville, NC. Authors will give free readings and discussions in fiction, memoir, poetry, non-fiction and young adult and children’s literature. National Poetry Slam Finalist and spoken word Hip Hop artist, Kane Smego will start the Festival on Thursday evening with a free performance on Thursday night. Readers of fiction and writers in all genres wi...
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History Buffs Will Enjoy Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

If you enjoy reading and learning about history, come to the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival on September 6-8, 2018 in Burnsville, NC. You will hear authors of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and memoir read and discuss events in US history. Novelist Daren Wang tells a Civil War story about a runaway slave. The setting is based on a real town, the only secessionist town north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Abigail DeWitt also writes a based in truth novel set in WW II which is a story of loss and...
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Gail Godwin at Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Novelist Gail Godwin will be the Saturday night Keynote Speaker at the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival which takes place in Burnsville, NC on September 6-8,2018, While author readings all day on Friday and Saturday are free, registration and a fee of $20 is required for the Saturday Keynote. Seats are filling, so preregister before August 31.  cmlitfest.org Godwin is the author of 14 novels, 2 short story collections, 3 works of non-fiction and 10 libretti. This best selling author is...
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Did the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival leave you wanting more?

Join Press 53 authors on Saturday, October 21 for an afternoon of literature at the Little Switzerland Books & Beans.  Press 53 of Winston-Salem will be presenting three authors who will talk about and read from their books.  They will also be available for book signings - books will be available for purchase at Books & Beans. Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher of Press 53, will wrap up the afternoon with a talk at 4:00 on the works of Appalachian Legend, John Ehle. Press 53 and their aut...
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The 2017 Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Keynote James Reston Jr.

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is proud to present the Saturday night Keynote Speaker and award-winning author James Reston, Jr.      The Saturday night Keynote speaker ($20) will be the author, James Reston, Jr. This highly acclaimed writer has created a body of work that spans medieval history, science, politics, current events and playwriting, just to name a few.       His topics are as diverse as the Crusades, Pete Rose and the Kennedy assassination. Fragile Innocence, his memo...
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2017 Cm Lit Fest Author Book Review: Bearwallow by Jeremy B. Jones

Like many young people in these mountains today, Jeremy Jones left his family home and land at the foot of Bearwallow Mountain in Edneyville, fifteen miles from Hendersonville, NC to attend college. Afterwards he taught English to children of the village of Gracias a Dios in the mountains of Honduras. At age twenty-four, he, like many “third-generation immigrants” who return to their roots in search of who they are, returned to his former Edneyville grammar school to teach English to Mexican...
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