The third annual Blue Ridge Bookfest is scheduled for May 20-21, 2011 at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. This literary festival brings together over 40 authors and hundreds of readers for a unique opportunity to meet, listen and share ideas. The Bookfest itself has no admission fee.
A Poetry Writing Workshop taught by Instructor Nancy Simpson, (FREE) will be held on Friday afternoon, 1:30 - 3:00, and a (FREE) fiction writing workshop will follow.
At 5:30, on May20th, there is a “Meet and Greet” Reception ($25.00/ticket). This is a wonderful opportunity for the authors and the public to mingle over wine and substantial hors d’oeuvres. Free activities resume at 6:30 p.m with a program featuring Ann B. Ross, the 2011 Bookfest Honoree and bestselling author. This event includes an interview with Ms. Ross and a “Miss Julia” dramatization.
Saturday, May 21, continues with free workshops, book exhibits, conversations with authors, sales and signings from 8:45 through 4:00 PM. A group of NCWN West Representatives will be featurted on a panel discussion talking about ECHOES ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE: Glenda Beall Moderator, Rosemary Royston, Nancy Purcell, Editor Nancy Simpson, Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, Lana Hendershott and JC Walkup.
Glenda Beall, Panel Discussion Moderator, will lead Netwest writers talking about ECHOES ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE, an anthology of Appalachian poems, stories and essays to be featured and talked about at the Blue Ridge Bookfest.
NCWN West Program Coordinator will speak on the
Echoes Across the Blue Ridge panel. Recently she
presented a scholarly paper about this anthology before
the Southern Appalachian Studies Council in
Author Jayne Jaudon Ferrer, NCWN West Representative
from South Carolina and others will speak on the ECHOES
ACROSS THE BLUE RIDGE panel.
The complete Bookfest program listing of the activities, authors, area lodging, and directions to the Blue Ridge Community College can be found at www.blueridgebookfest.org. Questions concerning the Blue Ridge Bookfest may be directed to Tom McCain (828-692-3267) or Bill Ramsey (828-698-1022)