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Festival Read events for 2015 begin on Thursday, August 13, with a kick-off at Boondock’s Deck in West Jefferson, North Carolina.  This year’s Festival Read is The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat, a delightful book about enduring friendship by Edward Kelsey Moore.  The opening event is at 4:00 p.m. and will feature longtime Ashe County NC residents Sharon Kasel and Stephen Shoemaker, who will talk about theirEarl’s All You Can Eat places growing up. “It’s all designed to whet your appetite for reading the book,” says Jane Lonon, Ashe Arts Council Executive Director, “everyone who has read it so far has had wonderful things to say and we are excited about sharing it with our book-loving Festival community.”  Boondock’s is located at 108 S. Jefferson Avenue in downtown West Jefferson

Other Festival Read events include Street Readers, performing selections from The Supremes at downtown West Jefferson’s August Gallery Crawl on Friday evening, August 14. On Tuesday, September 15, at 1:00 p.m., the On the Same Page Literary Festival will host a discussion of the book at the Ashe County Public Library.  And, the book’s author, Edward Kelsey Moore, is a featured writer for On the Same Page this year and will join the Festival on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashe Arts Center (free and open to the public).  He will also participate in Lunch with an Author (reservation required/Dutch treat) on Friday at 12:00 noon, and at the On the Same Plate Luncheon at 12:00 noon on Saturday (reservation/nominal charge).

On the Same Page, Ashe County, NC’s Literary Festival, celebrates its eighth year in 2015 with award-winning authors, and plans for a Festival filled with reading, a book fair, writing workshops, a farmers market, music and more. This year’s Festival is scheduled for Tuesday – Saturday, September 15 – 19. The Festival is sponsored by the Ashe County Public Library, the Ashe County Arts Council and is supported by Skyline Membership Corp, the Ashe County Farmers Market, the County of Ashe, the Town of West Jefferson, and many individual donors – the Page Turners.

See the website for details about times and locations of events. Most are free and open to the public; some require reservations/tickets.  This year’s Festival features:  Jack Beck, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Donna Campbell, Angela Davis-Gardner, Georgann Eubanks, Amy Greene, Edward Kelsey Moore, Ann Pancake, Dan Pierce, Ken Waldman, Wendy Welch, and authors from the anthology “Reflections on the New River.”

 Stop by the Ashe County Arts Council and get your very own copy of “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” by Edward Kelsey Moore… It’s the 2015 Festival Read and you are going to LOVE IT! The organizing committee is hard at work planning events beginning in August for the Festival Read, and writer Edward Kelsey Moore will be joining us during this year’s Festival.

Photo Ed Moore