The High Country Festival of the Book (HCFB) and associated author events are organized by the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library to draw attention to the importance of books, reading, and literacy.
NOW ACCEPTING EXHIBITOR APPLICATIONS
This year's Festival will be held in downtown Boone and feature exhibitor space both inside and outside. Fees will vary accordingly. For more information and downloadable form please click on the link below.
2014 AUTHORS & Entertainers INCLUDE
Check out our Who's Who Blog and learn all about the authors, exhibitors, and folks behind the scenes of this year's
Lynn Cullen's newest novel, Mrs. Poe examines the fall of Edgar Allen Poe through the eyes of poet Francis Osgood. Lynn Cullen is the author of The Creation of Eve and Reign of Madness, which was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist, as well as several award-winning young adult novels including I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter.
A traveler and historian, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia. http://lynncullen.com/
Amy Greene's debut novel, Bloodroot was a national bestseller.
Her second novel, Long Man, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in February. Amy was born and still lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains where her books take place. Jill McCorkle says of her newest book, "Exquisite . . . Greene’s prose is as mesmerizing as the story she weaves.
MUSICAL ARTISTS: Dashboard Hula Boys
North Carolina based acoustic trio, are Ed Midgett (guitar), Bob White (bass), and Tom Whyte (harmonica, uke, tenor banjo). They play favorites from old-time blues to classic rock along with a few originals.
J. Michael Orenduff may be the award-winning author of the "Pot Thief" murder mysteries but he started out in education as a college professor, an academic dean, an academic vice-president, a university president, and a statewide chancellor.. After an early retirement, he published his first book in the six book series, The Pot Thief Who Studied Pythagoras, to be be followed by The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy, The Pot Thief Who Studied Einstein, The Pot Thief Who Studied Escoffier, The Pot Thief Who Studied D. H. Lawrence and The Pot Thief Who Studied Billy the Kid http://thepotthief.blogspot.com
Licensed pilot Millie West, is also an accomplished artist and art collector. Millie's books, The Cast Net and Catherine's Cross
reflect her interest in art and in the cultural heritage of South Carolina. Millie resides with her family near Columbia, SC, and is an active participant in her local writer’s group, the Chapin Chapter of the South Carolina Writers Workshop .http://milliewestauthor.com
Novelist, screenwriter & play writer
Robert Inman’s new novel, The Governor’s Lady, is the story of Cooper Lanier, a determined woman fighting to establish her independence in the tumultuous world of male-dominated politics.
The Governor’s Lady is Inman’s fifth novel, following Home Fires Burning (1987), Old Dogs and Children (1991), Dairy Queen Days (1997), and Captain Saturday (2002). He is also the author of a collection of non-fiction work, Coming Home: Life, Love and All Things Southern, and an illustrated family holiday book, The Christmas Bus.
Michael Knight is the Robert Penn Warren Prize for Excellence in Fiction, 2013 and that is just the beginning of a long list of awards and accolades including Oprah Winfrey’s summer reading list and Huffington Post’s Best Book of the Year. He is the author of two novels Divining Rod and The Typist, two collections of short stories and a collection of Novellas. His short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee http://www.michaelknightfiction.com
Jim Minick is the author of The Blueberry Years, a memoir that won the Best Nonfiction Book of the Year from Southern Independent Booksellers Association. Minick is also the author of two books of poetry, Her Secret Song and Burning Heaven, a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path, and editor of All There Is to Keep by Rita Riddle. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in many publications including Oxford American, Shenandoah, Orion, San Francisco Chronicle, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Conversations with Wendell Berry, The Sun, and Wind. He teaches at Converse College and is the Fred Chappell Fellow at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where he’s pursuing an MFA.
USA TODAY Best Selling Author Pamela Schoenewaldt lived for ten years in a small town outside Naples, Italy. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. Her play, “Espresso con mia madre” (Espresso with my mother) was performed at Teatro Cilea in Naples. She taught writing for the University of Maryland, European Division and the University of Tennessee and now lives in Knoxville. She is the author of two historical novels, Swimming in the Moon, which has just been shortlisted for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and When We Were Strangers.