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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 these awesome authors: Edward Kelsey Moore at Boondocks, Angela Davis-Gardner at Hotel Tavern, Amy Green at Jefferson Landing, Kathryn Stripling Byer at Jefferson Landing, Ann Pancake at Jefferson Landing and Wendy Welch at West Jefferson Coffee House. 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.