Festival Read


This year’s Festival Read is Pretending to Dance by international best-selling author Diane Chamberlain. Festival Read events will begin August 4, 2016 and culminate with Chamberlain’s participation in the On the Same Page Literary Festival, which takes place September 13 through 17.

Chamberlain’s 24 books, many of which are set in North Carolina, are complex stories about family, compassion, and forgiveness with strong elements of mystery and suspense. Pretending to Dance is no exception. Prior to her writing career, Chamberlain was a medical social worker and a psychotherapist in private practice, working primarily with adolescents. She is currently at work on her twenty-fifth novel which is also set in North Carolina.

“Everyone who has read Pretending to Dance has had wonderful things to say, and we are excited about sharing it with our book-loving Festival community – it’s time to start reading,” commented Jane Lonon, Executive Director of the Ashe County Arts Council. Books are available for lending at the Ashe County Public Library and for purchase at the Arts Council gift shop.

Events will begin with the Festival Read Kick-Off on Thursday, August 4, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ashe County Public Library. Books will be available to borrow or purchase at the kick-off, and refreshments will be provided. On the following Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., the Festival will present Festival Read Conversations about themes from Pretending to Dance hosted by area experts:

Aug 25: Conversation on Adoption Issues
Sept. 1: Conversation on Family Dynamics/Secrets
Sept. 8: Conversation on End-of-Life Issues

The Festival Read Wrap-Up Discussion will take place on Wednesday, September 14, at the Ashe County Public Library at 4:00 p.m.

Diane Chamberlain will appear at the On the Same Page Literary Festival on Thursday, September 15, at 2:00 p.m., at the Ashe County Public Library. She will also be at a “Lunch With An Author” event at 12 noon on Friday, September 16, and on the discussion panel at Saturday, September 17’s On the Same Plate luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Attention Book Clubs: The Festival is prepared to make special arrangements for book clubs this year. For example, we can arrange to have your group together for the Lunch with An Author. If you would like to come as a group, let us know early and we will do everything possible to make your trip to the festival rewarding and fun. We would suggest that you choose the Community Read selection prior to the festival. We look forward to seeing you!