7:00 PM19:00

Knoxville, TN

Join Wiley and other writers and photographers to celebrate the opening night of Writers in Modern Appalachia, a photography and essay exhibit that showcases the work and landscapes of authors Wendell Berry, Lee Smith, Silas House, Adriana Trigiani, Crystal Wilkinson, and Ron Rash. More info. to come. 

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7:00 PM19:00

Asheville, NC

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Join Wiley when he is in-conversation with musician Will Johnson, founder of Centro-matic. Will Johnson will perform songs from his most recent albums, and then he and Wiley will discuss the ways in which Johnson approaches his craft. 

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6:00 PM18:00

Wilmington, NC

Join Wiley along with writers Clyde Edgerton, John Jeremiah Sullivan, Emily Colin, Khalisa Rae Williams, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, LaRaisha Dionne, and Donald Antrim to raise money for scholarships to the Friends School of Wilmington. Tickets and details here.

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to Aug 5

Laughing Heart Literary Festival

In partnership with Malaprop's Bookstore, The Laughing Heart Literary Festival is an annual literary festival that brings together writers and readers from the Appalachian region, providing an intimate setting for all to share the experience of books. This year's festival will be limited to 30 attendees.

As part of the festival, our authors will discuss the craft of writing and the trail to publication. Please see below a full schedule and a list of participating authors.

The festival is held 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 and scenic mountain setting. 

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