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March 2020 News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

March 2020 News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

Rita Quillen will be the honored Appalachian author at the 39th Emory & Henry Literary Festival in the fall of 2020.


Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards for 2019 have been announced:

In Lesbian Fiction: Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

In Lesbian Romance: Tennessee Whiskey by Donna K. Ford

In LGBTQ Anthology: LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia by Jeff Mann and Julia Watts


The March 16th issue of Publishers Weekly has a special boxed review of Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillis, set in Runaway Mountain, Tennessee. It is due to be published on June 9th. Phillips grew up in Cincinnati and graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and taught at a local high school and was a stay-at-home mom there. She met her husband at Ohio U. They now live in Chicago.  She is the only five-time winner of the Romance Writers of America Book of the Year Award.


The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes was the #14 best-seller on the latest New York Times Hardcover Fiction List in its 23rd week on that list.