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Literary Festival Events

To reserve a spot and make an online payment for any of the events that require a reservation and have a charge, please click here to go to the Arts Council Donations page.  Then check the box entitled “I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund.”  You can then proceed from there.

To make a reserve a spot for those events that require a reservation but are free, please call the Arts Council at 336-846-ARTS (846-2787).



1:00 p.m. Festival Read. The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, by Edward Kelsey Moore.  Lively discussion of this year’s Festival Read. Bring your thoughts on friendship, grief, and laughter. Ashe County Public Library.

7:30 p.m.  Elliot Engel. The Wizardry of Oz: The Story-Telling Genius of L. Frank Baum. Literary performance. Ashe Arts Center. Admission.



8:30-10:30 a.m.  Ken Waldman.  Workshop. Four Writing Prompts: The Beginning Of Four New Stories Or Poems. Reservation required. Ashe County Public Library.

11:00 a.m.  Dr. Dan Pierce.  NASCAR historian. Friends of the Ashe County Library feature presentation. Ashe County Public Library.

1:30–3:30 p.m. Georgann Eubanks.  Workshop. Writing Scenes. Reservation required. Ashe County Public Library.

4:00 p.m.  Kathryn Stripling Byer.  Former NC Poet Laureate, reads and reflects on her work. Ashe County Public Library.



10:00 a.m. Wendy Welch.  This writer, teacher and bookseller shares her bookstore tales. Ashe County Public Library.

12:00 p.m. Literary Trails Luncheon.  Lunch with Georgann Eubanks. Boxed lunches, nominal charge, reservation required. Ashe County Public Library.

2:00 p.m. Amy Greene.  Amy brings 1930s Appalachia to life with her new novel, Longman. Ashe County Public Library.

7:30 p.m. Edward Kelsey Moore reads from this year’s Festival Read and shares insights on his characters. Ashe Arts Center.



10:00 a.m. Ann Pancake will share her contemporary take on Appalachian life. Ashe County Public Library.

12:00 p.m. Lunch with an Author.  Informal discussions over lunch with our authors. Chat, ask questions, and share a meal. Sign-up to dine with authors Byer, Davis-Gardner, Greene, Moore, Pancake and Welch. Reservation required. Local restaurants/venues. Dutch treat.

2:00 p.m. Angela Davis Gardner, author of four critically acclaimed novels. Ashe County Public Library.

3:30–5:30 p.m. Book Fair.  Featuring local and regional writers; books available for purchase. Ashe Arts Center.

7:30 p.m. Telling Stories Live, An Evening of Song and Storytelling. Jack Beck, Michael Bell, Naomi Faw and Judy Morris and Ken Waldman. Ashe Arts Center.



8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Ashe County Farmers’ Market. Downtown West Jefferson on the “Backstreet.” Admission is free. Produce, craft items, and more are available for sale.

8:30 a.m. Page Turner’s Breakfast. For OTSP Festival supporters; at the West Jefferson home of Chris Arvidson & Henry Doss. Reservation required.

10:00 a.m. Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories. Anthology authors read poetry and prose at the Farmers Market on the Backstreet in West Jefferson.

12:00 p.m. On the Same Plate Luncheon.  Luncheon and panel discussion with Festival authors. Page Crafters writing competition winners announced. Nominal charge, reservation required. West Jefferson United Methodist Church Community Room.