Frequently asked questions
When do events take place?
Events are posted on the website as they are confirmed.
What is this festival?
It’s a celebration of literature and literacy for lovers of books and reading everywhere. We are a festival of ideas as expressed through the written arts.
What events are included in the festival?
A variety of readings, writing workshops, seminars and other types of sessions devoted to readers and writers, reading and writing, and the writing life. Music and film have been added in recent years. More and more programs are being geared toward children. The Book Club Buzz is especially appealing to readers!
Are there any related events planned prior to the festival?
School activities at the grade school, middle school, or high school level are usually in the works, as well as authors presenting at the senior centers in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. As events are confirmed, they will be posted on the schedule page.
Where will the festival take place?
The Burnsville Town Center, 6 South Main Street, is the headquarters for the literary festival. Events will be offered at a number of locations in and around Burnsville, most of them on or near the square. Some activities will be large in scale and others intentionally small in order to encourage intimate conversations between authors and attendees.
Who are the invited authors, dramatists, and storytellers?
See our authors page. Each year they are chosen for their ability to contribute to the festival and its particular theme. We try to have some repeat favorites, but also to introduce new regional authors.
Why did you schedule so many events happening at the same time? And how am I to decide which to attend?
Yes, that is a problem. Good luck figuring out which readings to attend. Even those of us who planned this have a hard time figuring it out. While we do have some large gatherings planned, it is our intent to have many small gatherings that offer a more personal exchange between authors, readers, and aspiring writers.
Who is behind this effort?
The festival idea was born when a small group of local citizens and businesspersons spontaneously came together in 2006 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 Myrna 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 downtown booster Lucy Gregory Doll, poet and community volunteer Kathy Weisfeld, librarian, runner, super-mom and Director of the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Libraries Amber Westall Briggs, artist and arts advocate Jane Brown Willig, County Planner Jamie McMahan, and many others.
The festival would not be possible without cooperation from the Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library System, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the North Carolina Humanities Council.
I would like to recommend an author. Is there still space?
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How can I get more info and/or volunteer to help?
You can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Box 355, Burnsville, NC 28714. A column about the festival can be found in the Yancey Common Times Journal and will be posted on this site. You may also leave a message at 828.208.4731 and a member of the Steering Committee get back to you after business hours (we all work full time).