Rose Glen Literary Festival returns February 28

roseglenBy Michael Williams

Lovers of literature will not want to miss the annual Rose-Glen Literary Festival which will be held Saturday Feb. 28, from 9 am. To 3 pm at the Sevierville Convention Center.

The annual event features numerous authors that share their work, seminars and discussions. Attendees get an opportunity to meet some of their favorite authors. This year the festival features Wendy Welch and Jack Beck. The couple had always dreamed of owning a bookstore, so they left their high-octane jobs for a simpler life in an Appalachian coal town. They wrote about their experiences in a “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap.”

Their book is the story of the little bookstore that could: how two people, two cats, two dogs, and thirty-eight thousand books helped a small town find its heart. It is a tale of people and books, and how together they create community.

Other authors that will be on hand to sign copies of their books inclduing Will Harlan, the editor in chief of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and an award-winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Harlan spent 19 years researching “Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island” The book is a biography of Carol Ruckdeschel who has worked to preserve Cumberland Island, a habitat for various forms of marine life including sea turtles. According to Harlan, Carol Ruckdeschel is one of the wildest women in America. She eats road kill, wrestles alligators, and dissects giant sea turtles—more than any other scientist, ever. She lives in a ramshackle cabin she built herself and is a whiskey-drinking, bareback-riding, modern-day Thoreau, who also happens to have shot and killed a man in self-defense. With only a high school diploma, Carol knows more about sea turtles than most marine biologists.

Sam Venable has written for the Knoxville News Sentinel since 1970, first as outdoors editor and since 1985 as a columnist who specializes in humor. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and author of 12 books. His most recent two books are “Warning! This Product Contains Nuttiness: A Fun Look at the Bizarre World in which We Live” and “How to Tawlk and Rite Good: A guide to the language of Southern Appalachia.”

Bill Landry  is best known as an actor, director and producer of The Heartland Series, a historical series on East Tennessee broadcast from WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. Landry wrote and directed many of the episodes, as well as producing and appearing as a character. The series issued over 1400 short features and about 150 half-hour length programs, and won awards including four Emmy Awards, six Iris Awards from the National Association of Television Program Executives, two bronze medals and a silver from the New York International Film and Television Festival, and a Theodore Roosevelt Award for “Best Outdoor Documentary.

Kim Delozier is the author of “Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger” a hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the #1 most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Stephen Lyn Bales is  the author of “Ghost Birds: Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker,” The book is regarded as one of ornithology’s true Holy Grails.

Mike Maden is the author of “Drone,” an explosive new thriller series exploring the inescapable consequences of drone warfare.

Renea Winchester the author of “Farming Friends And Fried Bologna Sandwiches” will lead a workshop entitled “Creating Memorable Characters, Not Stereotypes.” Winchester owns Make Your Mark Publishing, a collaboration of Southern authors whose purpose is to polish your manuscript until the story, and characters, shine.

For more information about the Rese-Glen Literary Festival visit the web Site http://visitsevierville.com/roseglen.aspx.

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