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Originally published: 2013-06-12 17:18:53
Last modified: 2013-06-12 17:19:37

Festival of the Book to feature more than 40 exhibitors

This year's High Country Festival of the Book is destined to be one of the year's top literary events, attracting award-winning and best-selling authors, poets and publishers from across the South to the Watauga High School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22, according to organizers.

"The festival is a celebration of the written word and its power to enrich the human experience," according to Suzanne Thompson, president of sponsors Friends of the Watauga County Public Library. "Our mission is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation."

Authors, publishers, book sellers and community organizations make up the more than 40 exhibitors. "The diverse selection of subjects is amazing," said Claire Olander, who is the festival's site coordinator. "Children's books, history, romance, mysteries, regional books, inspirational, thrillers, sports, military and even books suitable for home schooling."  

All of the books will be available for sale and most of the authors will be there to sign them.

"We are especially pleased to have local publisher, McFarland, return this year. They have also been a significant sponsor of the Festival," Olander said. "Other publishers, including Canterbury House, L'Edge Press, Eleazer Publishers, Myrton Press and Loose Leaves will be joining us."   

A number of individual authors, including members of the High Country Writers, as well as New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb, will be exhibiting and signing their books. "We have authors from age 13 to nearly 100 and publishers from as far away as Washington," Olander said.

The largest exhibitor will be Appalachian State's book store, Scholar's Bookshelf, that will be selling the books written by the authors who are on the festival program. Local book dealer, C. Clayton Thompson, will be selling a wide variety of both old and new and collectable books. Local organizations such as the Friends of the Library, Mountain Alliance  and the Children's Playhouse will also be participating. 

Funded almost entirely by sponsors and supported by the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library, the festival is free to attend, offers free parking and is open to everyone.  

Visit the Watauga County Library or the website http://www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com for a complete list of exhibitors and a schedule of activities and author presentations.