In partnership with Malaprop's Bookstore, this summer we're kicking off the inaugural Laughing Heart Literary Festival, a celebration of readers and books. The event will bring together a group of nationally and regionally known authors for onstage conversations about their own books and the books that have changed their lives.
These celebrated authors will be joining us for the festival: Robert Morgan, Ron Rash, Jill McCorkle, Terry Roberts, Julia Franks, Susi Gott Seguret, Wayne Caldwell, Keith Flynn, Trent Thompson and Amy Greene. Malaprop's Bookstore will offer a special panel discussion. Please see the "Author Bios" tab at the top of the page.
The cost of admission for those attending the festival will be $300. Admission includes all festival events August 1-4 and an autographed book of your choice. *Lodging is not included.
As part of the festival, our authors will discuss the craft of writing books and the road to publication. Please see the schedule for topics of conversation.
Lodging for the festival is not included in the cost of admission. Lodging will be provided separately, by Laughing Heart Lodge. Rooms range from $40 (at Laughing Heart Hostel) to $150 a night, depending on your choice of accommodations. Some rooms are available with two beds for those wishing to share. Please contact Karen Moore to make arrangements: 828-622-0165/ email@example.com/ http://www.laughingheartlodge.com/
The Laughing Heart Literary Festival is located in Hot Springs, NC, an Appalachian Trail community. Hot Springs was recently voted Best Small Mountain Town from Georgia to West Virginia by readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Hot Springs is a short drive north of Asheville, located at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River, a resort destination renowned for its healing hot mineral springs, scenic mountain setting, and abundant natural resources.
Tuesday, August 1:
WELCOME & REGISTRATION / 2:00 - 4:30 pm
OPENING PANEL HONORING ROBERT MORGAN: 5:00 6:00 pm: ROBERT MORGAN, TERRY ROBERTS, AMY GREENE, D.G. MARTIN
Wednesday, August 2:
CRAFT TALK: HISTORICAL FICTION - TERRY ROBERTS AND AMY GREENE /
10:00 - 11:30am
SUSI GOTT SEGURET & TRENT THOMPSON: FARM, FOOD, & THE WRITING LIFE /
1:30 - 2:15pm
CONVERSATION WITH TERRY ROBERTS & JULIA FRANKS / 5:00 - 6:00pm
POETRY & MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: KEITH FLYNN / 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 3:
CRAFT TALK - SENSE OF PLACE - WAYNE CALDWELL & AMY GREENE / 10:00 - 11:30am
BOOKSELLER AND AUTHOR CONVERSATION: MALAPROPS (MELANIE McNAIR) & TERRY ROBERTS
KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: RON RASH & JILL McCORKLE / 5:00 - 6:00pm
Friday, August 4:
GOODBYE GATHERING & READING / 10:00 am
Admission includes all festival events and an autographed copy of a book of your choice.
Groups of 6 or more receive a discounted admission rate per person. Please include the name of your book club in the "Note to Seller."