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.