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LitFest Author is Finalist for Military Writers Book of the Year Award

Burnsville resident and featured Carolina Mountains Literary Festival author Katey Schultz has been named a finalist for the Military Writers Society of America Book of the Year Award. The winners will be named at the society’s annual banquet in Dayton, Ohio at the end of September.

Schultz, who has spent the summer on a nation-wide book tour promoting her new collection of short stories, Flashes of War, and who is presently teaching creative writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, will talk at the festival about how she wrote a collection of Afghanistan and Iraq war stories from multiple points of view that have been well received by veterans and veterans groups even though she has had no military experience herself.

Another Burnsville writer who will be a big draw at this year’s festival is Abigail DeWitt, who will read from her memoir-like fiction that tells harrowing tales of her own family who lived literally on the battle field of the Normandy, France D-Day invasions. DeWitt teacher writing at Appalachian State University and UNC-Asheville.

Coinciding nicely with this year’s festival theme, “Take Me There,” participants will be able to add Vietnam to their passport stamps from Iraq, Afghanistan and France. David Boone, a Burnsville native and woodcarver of national recognition will read from his memoir, Sing Me Back Home, a collection of stories telling of his experiences in an Army boat unit in the Mekong Delta during some of the worst fighting of the Vietnam War.

This year’s LitFest participants will also have a chance to transport themselves back in time to the Wild West, when Burnsville resident Charles F. Price reads from his new work of non-fiction Season of Terror, which documents upheaval in Colorado during the Civil War. Price joins a long list of more than 30 authors who will present on Sept. 13 and 14 at or near Burnsville’s Town Center.

Also on tap for the festival are three writing workshops, as well as the Saturday Night Banquet and Keynote Presentation. These events, which are filling up fast, require a fee and advanced registration. The Keynote Speaker is Elizabeth Kostova, an international bestseller of historical and Gothic fiction. Holly Iglesias, writing teacher at UNC-Ashevlle, will lead a prose-poetry workshop, Elizabeth Hudson, editor of Our State Magazine, will lead a workshop about creating a sense of place and regional identity in your writing, and Abigail DeWitt will help writers learn how to allow their characters to develop their own stories. Details on these workshops may be found at

A complete list of authors presenting at the festival, along with their bios and pictures, may be found at the Authors link on the website. All events, other than the workshops and banquet, are free and open to the public without advanced registration. Registration for the public readings on the days of the festival, however, will be conducted at the Burnsville Town Center, where detailed schedules will be available at the registration booth and where author books may be purchased courtesy Malaprops Bookstore.


The draft schedule of author presentations and their times for the 8th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is now available online at The final schedule, along with locations, will be available during the festival at the registration desk at the Burnsville Town Center. Attendees can also pick up evaluation forms at the registration desk and register for a drawing for two chances at “suitcases” full of books by festival authors, courtesy Malaprops Bookstore of Asheville.

All presentations other than the workshops and the Banquet are free. The workshop information and the Banquet information, along with payment options, may be found at The Banquet sold out last year at 100 attendees, and this year’s workshops are filling up fast.

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