May 19, 2014. A wealth of authors for readers of all ages will thrill book-lovers at the 2014 High Country Festival of the Book. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. HCFB is an annual event promoting books, reading and libraries, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Watauga County Public Library. The 3rd annual festival will be held in and around the Watauga County Public Library and the Jones House in downtown Boone.
Children’s events, which will be at the library, include story time with authors Yozette “Yogi” Collins, author of Goodnight Boone, Alice Naylor, author of Maya Rose Chooses a Grandmother, Madeline & Summer Hayes, mother and daughter co-authors of Mrs.Gambel the Quirky Quail, and Joe A. Edmisten, author of The Tree of Plenty. For older kids there will be a graphic novel workshop with author Ben Towle and Craig Fischer. Other activities for children include crafts, face painting, balloon art, a Story Walk, and a free book for every child who attends.
The library parking lot will be closed to accommodate exhibitor tents for exhibiting authors, publishers, community organizations and local businesses. There will also be live music, food, prizes, and activities for all ages. Authors for adult readers will be making presentations and signing their books at the Jones House where the Appalachian State University Bookstore will have their books for sale. Award-winning authors include Bob Inman, Patti Callahan Henry, Jim Minick, Lynn Cullen, Charlie Lovett, Michael Knight, Pamela Schoenewaldt, Amy Greene, and a Mystery Panel with Michael Orenduff, Millie West, Sean Keefer and Vicki Lane.
Further highlights of this year’s event include two ticketed events, a fund-raising dinner with guest speaker NY Times best-selling author, Lynn Cullen, the author of Mrs. Poe at the Boone Golf Club and a day-long Writing Workshop at the Agricultural Conference Center on Friday, June 27.
Details about the High Country Festival of the Book and tickets for the dinner and Writing Workshop can be found on its website www.highcountryfestivalofthebook.com and at the Library. For more information, call 828-264-8784.