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.
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.
Join Wiley for an in-conversation event with New York Times bestselling author Denise Kiernan to celebrate the paperback release of her history of the Biltmore House, The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home.
Please join us for an afternoon of lively conversation about books with 18 extraordinary American authors while enjoying delectable desserts and libations at the new Marriott AC hotel in downtown Spartanburg. On March 18, from 2:00-4:00 pm, guests will have a unique opportunity to chat with a variety writers about their work--and all things literary--in a relaxed, elegant setting. This "move-able feast" costs $50.00 and $40.00 for Hub City members. Registration is limited to 120.