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December 2018 - News of the Appalachian Literary Scene

December 2018 - News of the Appalachian Literary Scene

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — On December 13, 2018, The Great Smoky Mountains Association has announced the launch of the first ever writer’s residency offered in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Funded by GSMA, the Steve Kemp Writer’s Residency is designed to connect writers with the Smokies in meaningful ways and to inspire some of their best work. The program is named for 30-year GSMA veteran Steve Kemp, who retired in September 2017 after directing the publication of hundreds of books, magazines, brochures and newsletters that continue to support the preservation of the national park.

GSMA will accept applications for the first Steve Kemp Writer's Residency through January 15, 2019. One writer will be selected to live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from March 3 to April 13, 2019.


According to the website LIT HUB, Dopesick by Beth Macy made SIX lists of the best books of 2018!


The Western North Carolina Historical Association presented its 2018 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Charles Frazier for his novel, Varina. Frazier is a native of Western North Carolina though this, his latest novel, extends considerably beyond our region, in contrast to his previous three novels.


On Garden and Gun’s list of “Best Southern Books of 2018:

What You are Getting Wrong about Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte

The Line that Held Us by David Joy

The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Dopesick by Beth Macy

Bearskin  by James A. McLaughlin

A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

Red Truck Bakery Cookbook  by Bian Noyes and Nevin Martell