The Festival~August 1-4, 2017

Laughing Heart Literary Festival

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. 

Our Authors

These celebrated authors will be joining us for the festival: Robert Morgan, 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.

Admission

The cost of admission for those attending all days of the festival will be $300. Admission includes all festival events August 1-4 and an autographed book of your choice. The cost of one-day admission, including one festival day's events and an autographed book of your choice, will be $150. *Lodging is not included.

Craft Talks

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

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/ kmoore@laughingheartlodge.com/ http://www.laughingheartlodge.com/

Our Location

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.

Schedule

Tuesday, August 1

WELCOME & REGISTRATION / 2:00 - 4:30 pm


     OPENING PANEL HONORING ROBERT MORGAN: 5:00 6:00 pm:  ROBERT MORGAN, TERRY ROBERTS & 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: SUSI GOTT SEGURET & 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 /1:30-2:15PM


 KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: AMY GREENE & JILL McCORKLE / 5:00 - 6:00pm


        

Friday, August 4:     

GOODBYE GATHERING & READING / 10:00 am

Registration for Admission

$300.00

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*Deadline for admission is July 15. Admission includes all festival events and an autographed copy of a book of your choice.

One-Day Admission

$150.00

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The cost of one-day admission includes one festival day's events plus an autographed book of your choice.

Book Club Discount

$150.00

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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."